1 O what praises shall we render
To the Lord who reigns above,
For His mercies, constant, tender,
For His condescending love?
Though we often have offended,
And transgressed His holy will,
Still has He our souls befriended;
We may call Him Father still.
2 Heavenly Father, Thou hast taught us
Thus to seek Thee in our youth;
Hitherto Thy grace hath brought us,
Lead us onward in Thy truth.
We are weak, do Thou uphold us,
And from every snare defend;
Let Thy mighty arms enfold us,
Save us, keep us, to the end.
3 O our Father, great and glorious!
Draw our youthful hearts to Thee;
Let Thy grace be there victorious,
Let Thy love our portion be.
May we know Thy great salvation,
Serve and love Thee all our days;
Then in heaven, Thy habitation,
Join to sing Thine endless praise.
Source: The Hymnal and Order of Service #645