Hymn for the Church

(Beecher tune, same as Love Divine)

Lord, we hear thy tender calling
To a church that bears thy name.
Come and make thy love enthralling
In a church that needs thy flame.
Send thy fervent Spirit burning
All our shallow world veneer;
Give our hearts thine own deep yearning,
Let a bolder church appear.

Lord, we hear thy tender pleading
To a church that needs to win;
Both thy hands and heart are bleeding
For a world yet lost in sin.
Send thy fervent Spirit burning,
Grant us all triumphant power;
Give our hearts thine own deep yearning,
Strength to meet the trying hour.

Lord, we hear thy tender crying
To a church without thy zeal;
Troubled souls today are dying,
Come to withered minds and heal.
Send thy fervent Spirit burning,
Fortify each weakened will;
Give our hearts thine own deep yearning,
Teach thy life-transforming skill.

Lord, we hear thy tender telling
To a church that needs to learn;
Come and make thy love compelling,
To thy fold may we return.
Send thy fervent Spirit burning
All our foolish worldly pride;
Give our hearts thine own deep yearning,
Grant the grace of love's flood tide.