A Stranger, knocking on a door
that opens only from inside,
our withered spirits can restore
if only we will open wide
our hearts, ourselves, and give the key
to love that longs to set us free.
A Shepherd, dying for the sheep,
will gather others to the fold,
with love unstinting, wide and deep
and tales of faith as yet untold.
Each lamb, embraced, shall taste and know
safe pasture, sun, and room to grow.
A Savior, risen from the dead,
with marks of pain in hands and feet,
is known to us in breaking bread,
and draws us closer when we meet:
majestic love most humbly bends
to raise us up, and make us friends.
The Spirit makes an open door
and calls us, gathered here today,
to praise the past that's gone before,
then go along our pilgrim way:
With Christ alive, and at our side,
we'll take the future in our stride.