539 - The Church’s Mission

 

1. O Zion, haste, thy mission high fulfilling,

to tell to all the world that God is Light;

that he who made all nations is not willing

one soul should fail to know his love and might.

Refrain: Publish glad tidings; tidings of peace,

tidings of Jesus, redemption and release.

 

2. Proclaim to every people, tongue, and nation

that God, in whom they live and move, is Love;

tell how he stooped to save his lost creation,

and died on earth that all might live above.

Refrain: Publish glad tidings; tidings of peace,

tidings of Jesus, redemption and release.

 

3. Send heralds forth to bear the message glorious;

give of thy wealth to speed them on their way;

pour out thy soul for them in prayer victorious

till God shall bring his kingdom’s joyful day.

Refrain: Publish glad tidings; tidings of peace,

tidings of Jesus, redemption and release.

 

4. He comes again! O Zion, ere thou meet him,

make known to every heart his saving grace;

let none whom he hath ransomed fail to greet him,

through thy neglect, unfit to see his face,

Refrain: Publish glad tidings; tidings of peace,

tidings of Jesus, redemption and release.

 

 

 

Words: Mary Ann Thomson (1834-1923) Music: Tidings, James Walch (1837-1901)