Christ loves the Church, with grace beyond all measure.
We bear his name, for all the world to see.
He will not let us go or let us be,
but chooses earthen vessels for his treasure.
Christ bears the Church, corrupted or conforming,
obsessed with trifles, blessing greed and war.
His love outwits us, spinning gold from straw,
through saints and prophets, praying and reforming.
Christ feeds the Church, and fills us with a vision,
through praise and preaching, wine and broken bread,
of sharing people, doing what they've said,
who win the world's respect, or opposition.
Christ needs the Church, to live and tell his story,
so praise his love, and marvel at his trust,
till, bathed in light, awakened from the dust,
we walk with God, alive in grace and glory.