Election of the new Archbishop
Eternal God, shepherd and guide,
in your mercy give your Church in this diocese
a shepherd after your own heart
who will walk in your ways,
and with loving care watch over your people.
Give us a leader of vision and a teacher of your truth.
so may your Church be built up
and your name glorified;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
In 1818, James Montgomery penned the words for the beautiful hymn that commences,
Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire,
Unuttered or expressed;
The motion of a hidden fire
That trembles in the breast.
You can read the words for all this beautiful hymn, and listen to the tune to which it is normally sung here.
He wrote the lyrics for this hymn at the request of Edward Bickersteth, who wanted them for his book Treatise on Prayer. Montgomery called this “the most attractive hymn I ever wrote.”
Other of his hymns we still sing include Hail to the Lord's Annointed and Angels from the realms of glory.
I love this hymn because, as its opening stanza suggests, it perceived prayer is first the longing of the human heart for the divine, for that which is beyond our mere physical life.
It reminds me of what a 20th Century theologian, Paul Tillich, speaks of when he speaks of God as the "ground of our being."
God to Prayer is the soul's sincere desire and read the the whole hymn, use it as a prayer, let your spirit respond to the Holy Spirit of God, and bring what you are, and what you desire, before God.