O Master, Let Me Walk with You (ELW 818)
1 O Master, let me walk with you
in lowly paths of service true;
tell me your secret; help me bear
the strain of toil, the fret of care.
2 Help me the slow of heart to move
by some clear, winning word of love;
teach me the way ward feet to stay,
and guide them in the homeward stay.
3 Teach me your patience; share with me
a closer, dearer company,
in work that keeps faith sweet and strong,
in trust that triumphs over wrong.
4 In hope that sends a shining ray
far down the future’s broad’ning way,
in peace that only you can give;
with you, O Master, let me live.
“O Master, let me walk with you in lowly paths of service true.” These words from the first verse of today’s hymn well capture some key themes of this week of Scripture readings and devotions: “humility” (lowly paths) and “concern for the neighbor” (service true).
When the worship service ends this morning, we will be sent forth to serve our neighbors and to give ourselves for the sake of the world. In that sending we do not go alone but together with Jesus who points us to the neighbor and to the world for which he died. For Jesus’ great act of love, we say: “Amen!” For Jesus’ great calling to be his disciples, we say: “Thanks be to God!”
May we all know the joy of this love and this calling!
Help us, O Lord, to do your will this day and every day. Amen.