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Source:
Singing the Faith: 419
Words:
Christopher J. Ellis
Music:
“Finlandia” by Jean Sibelius
Metre:
11.10.11.10.
Verses:
4
Correction to music: Correct metre to "11 10 11 10"

Ideas for use

Hymns can work well as sung prayers in their own right. This is a good example.

Alternatively, as a spoken prayer: have a worship leader read verses 1 and 4 (on behalf of “we” in the first line of each verse) while the members of the congregation read the second and third verses with their more personal “I” first lines.

More information

When sung to the set tune "Finlandia", the last two lines of each verse should be repeated. Alternatively, omit the music from bars 9 – 17.