386 ~ The Sacred Anthem


The sacred anthem slowly rang Across the fields of praise, When earth's first Sabbath made complete All creatures and all days. Walking with God, there, Woman and man together share The blessed Sabbath mood; And in that green and golden world Know all God's works are good.


But now in our diminished lives We sing a blemished song; The earth is worn and disarrayed And all our work goes wrong. Still in our worship, Joining in praise and fellowship, By Sabbath radiance blessed, We put our doubt and fear away And rest within God's rest.


And arching over time and space The Lord of Sabbaths wills Renewal for the weary earth And healing for our ills. Hearts will rejoice then; There will be no more weeping, when We know and shall be known. With hosts of the redeemed we'll sing Around God's shining throne.