♫ Hymn of the Month: “Dear God, We Come This Hour to Ask”

Monday, August 5

Close Up of MusicBy Dennis Aldridge of Eardisley, England

…look to the sacraments to enrich the spiritual life of the body. It is not the form of the sacrament that dispenses grace but it is the divine presence that gives life. Be respectful of tradition and sensitive to one another…

—Doctrine and Covenants 162:2d

I have written many hymns and songs, and most have found use in the British Isles. A young couple was planning a wedding in the Sutton in Ashfield church. The mother of the bride, herself a minister, had been moved by some of my hymns, and she asked me to write one for the wedding. That is how I came to write “Dear God We Come.”

I like hymns that tie the present-day church to what has gone before. We are the same church and have brothers and sisters who walked with Jesus Christ in the flesh. I looked for what the scriptures tell us about Jesus at Bethany, Cana and the Sermon on the Mount. Then I thought of my own happy marriage. Married couples need the friendship of Jesus Christ, and they need joy and hope—therefore the hymn.

Dear God, we come this hour to ask your blessing from above
on these who join their lives today in sacrament of love.
The gifts we ask are joy and hope to help them on life’s way,
and friendship of your only son for this and every day.

Just as in Cana, Christ was there so here may Christ be guest,
and as he came to Bethany so may their home be blest,
and as he spoke on mountainside so may they hear his voice,
and as they sense his smile for them so may their hearts rejoice.

Help them, dear God, to live in love, each for the other pure,
not counting cost. So may their joy through all their lives endure.
Enfold them now with loving grace, accept the vows they make.
Preserve their days, fulfill their hopes, we pray, for Jesus’ sake. Amen

Prayer for Peace
Sacramental God, bless us on our journeys of life. Surround us with a loving and supporting community. May we bring Christ into our everyday lives and share his peace.

Spiritual Practice
Contemplate this hymn as a poem (or sing to NORSE AIRE tune).

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2 Comments

  1. Jewell

     /  7 August 2013

    Dennis, how delightful to read the story of this wedding hymn. Thank you for the ministry your hymns have brought.

  2. Vera Entwistle

     /  5 August 2013

    Good morning Dennis,
    Your ministry through music continues to be a blessing to others. We send greetings from Fort Collins, Colorado,our current home to you and yours. God continue to bless you With love from Vera and Brian.

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