1 How shall they hear the word of God
unless the truth is told;
how shall the sinful be set free,
the sorrowful consoled?
To all who speak the truth today
impart your Spirit, Lord, we pray.

2 How shall they call to God for help
unless they have believed;
how shall the poor be given hope,
the prisoners reprieved?
To those who help the blind to see
give light and love and charity.

3 How shall the gospel be proclaimed
that sinners may repent;
how shall the world find peace at last
if heralds are not sent?
So send us, Lord, for we rejoice
to speak of Christ with life and voice.

Michael Perry (1942 - 1996)
© Mrs B Perry/Jubilate Hymns
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