Come, celebrate the call of God
that wakens and renews,
and chooses from us, for our good,
the bringers of good news.
The Spirit's blessing all ordains
to show what God has done,
yet brings to focus and contains
the many in the one.
A chosen one today replies,
and fit and ready stands.
*Her calling now we recognize
with prayer and loving hands.
A servant leader, truthful friend,
we gladly will receive,
to stir and comfort, shake and mend,
be glad with us, and grieve.
Great Spirit, give her word and breath
in Christ to live and speak,
and shield against the powers of death
the outcast and the weak,
her flag of faith, above defeats,
in heaven's breeze unfurled,
as all her deepest gladness meets
the hunger of the world.
*for her, read him as appropriate
Commissioned by Than and Jennifer Ward for the ordination of their daughter, Alida Ward Schuchert,
at Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, Connecticut.