Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise God, all creatures here below; Praise God above, ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
These are perhaps the most well-known words in all of Christian hymnody, and is likely sung in most Protestant denominations every Sunday. The Doxology was composed as such, a final verse of a hymn written in 1673. Here is one of the verses preceding the Doxology:
Direct, control, suggest, this day, All I design, or do, or say;
That all my powers, with all their might, In Thy sole glory may unite.
These beautiful words were penned by the 17th century Anglican, Bishop Thomas Ken, Bishop of Bath and Wells (England). Bishop Ken was left an orphan at an early childhood. Later, he was raised under the care of his older sister, educated at Winchester School and Oxford University. Bishop Ken was ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests in 1662 and was appointed Bishop later by Charles II, King of England, Scotland, and Ireland. Bishop Ken was later removed from his Bishopric and lived a secluded life until his death at age 74.
Join us this Sunday, as we unite our voices in song; in liturgy; in praise of our God, Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer.
See you Sunday Dakota