Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
Forgive our foolish ways.
Reclothe us in our rightful mind;
In purer lives Thy service find,
In deeper reverence, praise.

Drop Thy still dews of quietness
Till all our strivings cease.
Take from our souls the strain and stress
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of Thy peace.

Wikki CC 2.0John Greenleaf Whittier was an American Quaker whose life expressed the steadfast rest in God’s love described here in two verses of this five-verse hymn. He was a good example of quiet, godly life in his speech, dress and writings. It has been said that “he left upon our literature the stamp of genius, and upon our religion the touch of sanity.” He himself thought that a poem was best used if turned into a hymn, but did not think he could claim to have written such a one! However, hymnal editors have collected and edited enough of his poems to make seventy-five hymns! This one was voted the international favourite of 1995!

(Song Book #567 – Section: The Means of Grace – Prayer)
Reference material from “Amazing Grace” by Kenneth W. Osbeck

Video – Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind :: The Choir of the Abbey School, Tewkesbury

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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is September 30th


The Salvation Army Oshawa acknowledges the many Indigenous nations with longstanding relationships with the territories upon which our Church and our Community & Family Services are located. We acknowledge the land is covered under the Williams Treaties, and is part of the traditional territories of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

These ancestral and treaty lands; the present-day home to many First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people is where we meet, share hope, and build community.

We reflect on knowing the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home. We are treaty people, it is our privilege to build relationships through reconciliation.

While we cannot undo the past, we are committed to a different future and doing our part to contribute to an equitable, just, and grace-filled society.