THE LORD'S PRAYER
God, How Can We Forgive
Words: Ruth Duck, 1996, The Pilgrim Press.
Used by permission, OneLicense #729334-A
God, how can we forgive when bonds of love are torn?
How can we rise and start anew, our trust reborn?
When human loving fails and every hope is gone,
your love gives strength beyond our own to face the dawn.
When we have missed the mark, and tears of anguish flow,
how can you still release our guilt, the debt we owe?
The ocean depth of grace surpasses all our needs.
A priest who shares our human pain, Christ intercedes.
Who dares to throw the stone to damn another’s sin,
when you, while knowing all our past, forgive again?
No more we play the judge, for by your grace we live.
As you, O God, forgive our sin, may we forgive.
Allegro molto from Sonata Op. 65 No. 6
(based on the chorale Vater unser im Himmelreich)
by Felix Mendelssohn