1. God the Father, Son and Spirit, Ever-blessed Trinity,
Humbly now our thanks we offer All unworthy though we be,
Freely you have showered blessings Countless as the ocean's sands,
Blessings rich and overflowing On the labors of our hands.
2. Once you brought our fathers' footsteps To this land we hold so dear,
Lengthening the cords and curtains Of their habitation here.
Strengthening your temple's pillars As you have from age to age,
Giving us, their sons and daughters, An abiding heritage.
3. Grant that we your Word may cherish And its purity retain.
Lord, unless you are the builder, All our labor is in vain.
Keep us from all pride and boasting, Vanity and foolish trust,
Knowing that our work without you Soon will crumble into dust.
4. God of grace and love and blessing, Yours alone shall be the praise.
Give us hearts to trust you truly, Hands to serve you all our days.
Lord, bestow your future blessing Till we join the heav'nly host,
There to praise and serve you ever, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Hymn #640 from _The Lutheran Hymnal_