God of our life, through all the circling years

God of our life, through all the circling years. Hugh Thomson Kerr* (1871-1950). This hymn of celebration was written in 1916, in the form and meter of ‘Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom’*, and to the tune SANDON for the fiftieth anniversary of Shadyside Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, of which Kerr had become the minister three years earlier. It was revised for The Church School Hymnal for Youth (1928), and included in the Hymnal of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America (1933). SANDON first appeared in Charles Purday*’s Church and Home Metrical Psalter and Hymnal (London 1860). The text and tune were subsequently included in The Pilgrim Hymnal (1958), MH66,...

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