Lead Us Heavenly Father Lead Us Hymn Lyrics and Story

Lead Us Heavenly Father Lead Us Hymn Lyrics

James Edmeston

1 Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us
o’er the world’s tempestuous sea;
guard us, guide us, keep us, feed us,
for we have no help but thee;
yet possessing every blessing,
if our God our Father be.

2 Saviour, breathe forgiveness o’er us:
all our weakness thou dost know;
thou didst tread this earth before us,
thou didst feel its keenest woe;
lone and dreary, faint and weary,
through the desert thou didst go.

3 Spirit of our God, descending,
fill our hearts with heavenly joy,
love with every passion blending,
pleasure that can never cloy:
thus provided, pardoned, guided,
nothing can our peace destroy.

Lead Us Heavenly Father Lead Us History

James Edmeston was the author of this hymn, ‘Lead Us Heavenly Father Lead Us. He wrote this hymn while leaving in London, United Kingdom in 1821.

James Edmeston was born at Wapping in 1791 and died at Hackney in London in 1867.

Edmeston was a trained architect and surveyor and helped in designing many buildings in the city of London.

Most of the buildings that he designed no longer exist. Some of those buildings were destroyed during the Second World War.

In terms of religion, Edmeston’s maternal grandfather was the Reverend Samuel Brewer who for a long time was the pastor of an Independent congregation at Stepney.

He, however, joined the Church of England in his youth and eventually held various positions.

He was for example a churchwarden at the parish church of St Barnabas on Homerton High Street in London.

Over his life Edmeston authored two thousand hymns.

Today’s hymn, ‘Lead us, Heavenly Father, lead us’ with another one, ‘Saviour, breathe an evening blessing’ are his most famous compositions.

Lead Us Heavenly Father, Lead Us is an immensely popular hymn choice when it comes to wedding services.

James Edmeston - Lead us heavenly father lead us hymn writer
James Edmeston

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Lead Us Heavenly Father Lead Us YouTube Video

In the video below the congregation sings this hymn Lead Us Heavenly Father Lead Us during Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th Birthday Celebrations.

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