A vision seen, a call obeyed
drew Paul to Europe's shore
where, resolute and unafraid,
good news of Christ he bore;
and in his steps, to all these lands,
by dangers undeterred,
came those whose lives and lips and hands
made known God's saving word.
This word, once sown in Europe's soil,
set hearts and minds afire:
the builder's skill, the laborer's toil
raised nave and roof and spire:
God's house where music touched the soul
with pentecostal fire
and art, the Savior to extol,
clothed faith in bold attire.
Time came when greed for gain was rife
and faith gave way to doubt;
then holy war and civil strife
put mercy's claims to rout.
Yet Spirit-led and eloquent,
reformers did not cease
to call on Christians to repent
and strive for Europe's peace.
The Bible as their strength and stay,
their psalms robustly sung,
those exiled here rejoiced to pray
in their own mother-tongue;
and, seeking refuge, folk still come
to share in Europe's dream;
let fear of strangers be overcome
and `Welcome' be our theme.
And now, Lord Jesus, make us one
with all who bear your Name,
with all by whom love's work is done,
whose lives your truth proclaim;
empower us with a faith well-trained,
a glimpse of life made whole,
that daily, by your grace sustained,
we nourish Europe's soul.