The Gentle Face of Love

Music by Ron Klusmeier
Words by Walter Farquharson

Lyrics as Poetry

The gentle face of love is shown
in smiles and hugs and prayers.
We’re wrapped in love that is of God
through tears and laughter shared.

When friends are gathered in this place,
Christ-spirit lives and grows.
The strength and healing trusted here
through each to other flows.

The joy of God’s love now enfolds
to claim for life our days.
No power exists to break this bond.
No pain can silence praise.

God, hold in love, in hope, in trust
the moments of our lives
until your new and promised day
in each, for all, shall rise.

Words by
Walter FarquharsonCopyright © 2007 by Walter Farquharson
Administered by Hope Publishing Company
Carol Stream, Illinois • USA

Comments About Song

From Ron: Many of the Klusmeier-Farquharson hymns and songs were created while together at the United Church in Saltcoats, Saskatchewan during one of my frequent visits. However, geographical distances between our respective homes usually required long-distance collaboration.

In 2007 Walter and Joan visited us in Parksville, BC where I served as Minister of Music at Knox United Church. There was a palpable sense of faith-based community at Knox which touched Walter deeply. On Saturday, he wrote this inspired text following a workshop we led together. On Saturday night I composed the melody. The next day our ever-adventurous choir sang it as a fitting close to Walter’s sermon. What a thrill it was to create a hymn together in the same space and then use it just hours later in worship which we co-led with my colleague Rev. Foster Freed!

Of course, the Tune Name had to be: PARKSVILLE

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To celebrate Walter’s 75th birthday, a small group of my church friends got together to create a very informal one-take, no-edits, recording of a few of the many titles on which he and I had collaborated over the years. We were an all-ages, ecumenical group. Some sang parts, some sang unison, some simply closed their eyes and listened. We were a very authentic 'pick-up-choir/congregation'! "The Gentle Face of Love" was one of the selections burned onto a one-off 'Happy Birthday, Walter!" CD which was sent with much affection to my writing partner and friend.

Scripture References

  • 1 Corinthians 13:1-10
  • 1 Corinthians 13:13
  • Philippians 4:4-9
  • Colossians 2:6
  • Colossians 3:12-17
  • James 5:13-16
  • 1 John 4:7-12

Season, Theme
or Subject

  • Acceptance
  • Assurance
  • Care, Caring
  • Christian∶ life
  • Church∶ community
  • Community
  • Faith
  • Friend, Friendship
  • Gathering
  • Grace
  • Heal, Healing
  • Hope
  • Human Relationships
  • Life∶ living life
  • Love∶ living love
  • Relationships∶ relationships with others
  • Service, Serving
  • Share, Sharing
  • Unity
  • Wholeness

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