Saturday, September 24, 2022
351. Proper 3 (Series A)
Saints of Christ, be not ashamed
Of the Gospel, penned or preached!
Where its tidings are proclaimed,
Sullen hearts of stone are breached;
Vice is changed to grateful love,
Inward gazes turned above;
For within its simple sound
Grace and saving power abound.
No mere data, to appraise
As of use or otherwise,
It has power the dead to raise,
Tearing blinders from our eyes.
No mere offer, to reject
Or accept as one may choose,
What it vows it will effect
Both on Gentiles and on Jews.
For the word is God at work
Both to slay and make alive;
In it, His just judgments lurk,
Whereby we are justified—
Both through faith, which faith demands,
And to faith, which faith creates.
Raise we then our hearts and hands,
Since the righteous live by faith!