O Father, All Creating

O Father, All Creating
By: John Ellerton

O Father, all creating,
Whose wisdom, love, and power
First bound two lives together
In Eden’s primal hour,
Today to these your children
Your earliest gifts renew:
A home by you made happy,
A love by you kept true.

With good wine, Lord, at Cana
The wedding feast you blessed.
Grant also these your presence,
And be their dearest guest.
Their store of earthly gladness
Transform to heavenly wine,
And teach them, in the testing,
To know the gift divine.

O Spirit of the Father,
Breathe on them from above,
So mighty in your pureness,
So tender in your love
That, guarded by your presence
And kept from strife and sin,
Their hearts may sense your guidance
And know you dwell within.

Unless you build it, Father,
The house is built in vain;
Unless you, Savior, bless it,
The joy will turn to pain.
But nothing breaks a marriage
Of hearts in you made one;
The love your Spirit hallows
Is endless love begun.

Hymn # 251 from Lutheran Worship
Author: Samuel S. Wesley
Tune: Aurelia
1st Published in: 1880

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