The General Assembly is the “Highest Court” and decision making body of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. Meeting annually (except for this year!) since 1875, the traditional closing hymn is the Scottish Psalter version of Psalm 122 – “I Joyed When To The House of God.” I have had the honour of leading the Assembly in this hymn for the past 20 or so years, so the Psalm and the hymn are very special to me. I hope these words and music will bless you as well!
For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “Peace be within you.”
A song of ascents. Of David.
I rejoiced with those who said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the Lord.”
Our feet are standing
in your gates, Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is built like a city
that is closely compacted together.
That is where the tribes go up—
the tribes of the Lord—
to praise the name of the Lord
according to the statute given to Israel.
There stand the thrones for judgment,
the thrones of the house of David.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May those who love you be secure.
May there be peace within your walls
and security within your citadels. ”
For the sake of my family and friends,
I will say, “Peace be within you.”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your prosperity.
Prayer – of course, today’s prayer is the traditional hymn!