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As we gather at your table

As we gather at your table. Carl P. Daw, Jr.* (1944- ). Written by request in 1989 for Eastern Shore Chapel (Episcopal), Virginia Beach, Virginia, which was celebrating the tricentenary of its founding in 1689. The motto for the occasion was ‘Repeat the sounding joy’, which Daw has incorporated in the last line, the climax of this fine hymn of worship and service. The first line suggests that it will be a hymn for Holy Communion, and it is certainly suitable for that; but the three verses spread out to include the whole Christian experience of forgiveness and love. The hymn is found in Daw’s A Year of Grace (Carol Stream, 1990), and has been widely reprinted. A tune written for the...

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