1 Grace and peace be ours for ever
from the Father and the Son;
faith, love, hope combine together:
so God's churches are begun.

2 See what faith in God can offer!
born in preaching, fed by prayer,
taught to serve and trained to suffer,
working, growing everywhere.

3 Look how love has learned to labour!
God who chose, who first loved us,
reaches friend and foe and neighbour
by the scandal of the cross.

4 Watch where hope inspires endurance!
takes with joy what God has given,
turns from idols, finds assurance,
waits for Christ, his Son from heaven.

5 Spirit's power and heart's conviction
mark his plans in every place;
Saviour's word and resurrection
crown his church with peace and grace!

Christopher Idle from 1 Thessalonians 1
© Christopher Idle/Jubilate Hymns Ltd
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