GREAT Shepherd of Thy people, hear;
   Thy presence now display;
As Thou hast given a place for prayer,
    So give us hearts to pray.
2  Within these walls let holy peace
    And love and concord dwell;
Here give the troubled conscience ease,
    The wounded spirit heal.
3  May we in faith receive Thy Word,
    In faith address our prayers;
And in the presence of our Lord
    Unburden all our cares.
4  Some token show of Thy great love,
    Our fainting hearts to raise;
And pour Thy blessing from above,
    That we may render praise.
5  The hearing ear, the seeing eye,
    The contrite heart bestow:
And shine upon us from on high,
    That we in grace may grow.
6  And may the Gospel’s joyful sound,
    Enforced by mighty grace,
Awaken many sinners round,
    To come and fill this place.
John Newton, 1725-1807