Hymns:Forth in Thy name O Lord I go
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|Forth in Thy name O Lord I go|
|Title||Forth in Thy name, O Lord, I go|
|Author||Charles Wesley, 1707-88|
|Composer||Barry L. Bobb, b. 1951|
|Orig. Key||G Major or modal|
|1st Line||Forth in Thy name, O Lord, I go|
|Scriptures||1 Corinthians 15:58|
Forth in Thy name, O Lord, I go
- stanza(s) 2: Ps. 139:2
Charles Wesley wrote the text of this hymn and published it in Hymns and Sacred Poems (1749) as a hymn "for believers." It was entitled "Before Work."
The hymn originally had six stanzas. Following John Wesley's example in his Collection (1780), most modern hymnals, including the Psalter Hymnal, omit the original stanza 3.
Recognizing the significance of daily work for the Christian, Charles Wesley wrote and sang hymns not only for Sunday but also for daily use. The text of this hymn reflects Wesley's views about work: we are to do our work in the name of the Lord (st. 1); God calls us to our work in obedience to his will (st. 2); we may offer all our work to God (st. 3); as we journey from this life to glory, we may always view our work as part of the coming of God's kingdom (st. 4); we may gratefully use all God's gifts for his glory (st. 5).
Close of worship; worship services in which labor is stressed (Labor Day Sunday); springtime prayer services for crops and industry; New Year's Day; ordination; profession of faith; commissioning services; when used during the Easter season, substitute an "Alleluia" for the final "Amen."
- Forth in Thy Name, O Lord, I go,
My daily labor to pursue,
Thee, only Thee, resolved to know
In all I think or speak or do.
- The task Thy wisdom has assigned,
O let me cheerfully fulfill;
In all my works Thy presence find,
And prove Thy good and perfect will.
- Thee may I set at my right hand,
Whose eyes mine inmost substance see,
And labor on at Thy command,
And offer all my works to Thee.
- Give me to bear Thy easy yoke,
And ev'ry moment watch and pray,
And still to things eternal look,
And hasten to Thy glorious day.
- For Thee delightfully employ
Whateâer Thy bounteous grace has givân,
And run my course with even joy,
And closely walk with Thee to heavân.
- Hymnals:Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #506
- Hymnals:Lutheran Service Book #854
- Hymnals:Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #324
- Hymnals:Rejoice in the Lord #79
- Hymnals:The Worshiping Church #397
- Hymnals:The United Methodist Hymnal #438
- Hymnals:Worship & Rejoice #718