Jesus, Thy boundless love to me no thought can reach, no tongue declare; Unite my thankful heart to Thee, and reign without a rival there! Thine wholly, Thine alone I am; be Thou alone my constant flame.
O grant that nothing in my soul may dwell, but Thy pure love alone; oh, may Thy love possess me whole, my joy, my treasure and my crown! All coldness from my heart remove; my every act, word, thought be love.
This love unwearied I pursue and dauntlessly to Thee aspire. Oh, may Thy love my hope renew, burn in my soul like heav’nly fire! And day and night, be all my care to guard this sacred treasure there.
In suff’ring be Thy love my peace, in weakness be Thy love my pow’r; and when the storms of life shall cease, O Jesus, in that final hour, be Thou my rod and staff and guide, and draw me safely to Thy side!
Hymn text by Paul Gerhardt, 1703-91
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace which he lavished upon us.” Ephesians 1:7-8
Lord God, Heavenly Father, thank you for your boundless, endless mercy and love which you poured out upon us through your dear Son, Jesus Christ! You never stop forgiving us. You never stop loving us even when we are at our most unloveable. Help us to remember the gift of grace you gave to us at our Baptism that continues to bless and benefit us each and every day. Accept our humble thanks and praise. In Jesus’ name, Amen