1. Declare the great good news!--
God speaks to all, each one:
"My daughter, you are dear to me!
I cherish you, my son!
No woman, man or law,
no power by sin defiled
can take away your given worth
as my beloved child."
2. Declare the great good news!--
The forces that divide
are tamed, diminished, and absorbed
in Christ, the Crucified.
The stranger, shunned and feared
or sowing pain and scorn,
becomes our sister, brother, friend,
unfinished, but reborn.
3. We brave the tugging urge
of worry, fear, and need,
and wrestle with the charming lies
of money, fame, and greed.
Yet though we fail and fall
our lives to God belong
through Christ, our way, our hope, our joy,
our center and our song.
4. Though grief may break our hearts
and death to each must come,
the Power that raised the Crucified
is our eternal home.
Then let us, joined in love,
earth's apathy refuse,
and through our weakness and our strength
declare the great good news.