Here, O Lord, your servants gather

Here, O Lord, your servants gather.  Tokuo Yamaguchi* (1900-1995), translated by Everett M. Stowe (1897-1979).  This hymn was composed for the 14th World Council of Christian Education Convention, held in 1958 in Japan. It was first published in the convention’s program booklet, Christian Shimpo (Christian Faith, 1958), and included in the section on the church’s ‘Nature and Unity’. It then appeared in Hymns of the Church (Tokyo, 1963) published by the United Church of Christ in Japan. The theme of the Convention was based on John 14: 6, ‘Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth, the Life’. Each of the first three stanzas focuses in turn on the Way, the Truth, and the Life’. The final stanza...

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