How short a time our church's years
In Christ's eternal reign!
But God be thanked for pioneers
Who did not toil in vain:
Who served their swiftly-changing age,
And its unchanging needs,
And left a Christian heritage
That still inspires our deeds.
What they believed, we still hold fast;
Their gospel is our own;
Yet every age outgrows its past,
And new seeds must be sown:
For Christ, who is Tomorrow's Lord,
Shall lead us, when we dare,
To find new answers in his Word,
A more perceptive care.
Come, Lord, your gathered Church endow,
In this decisive hour,
With varied gifts to serve you now,
And pentecostal power.
Our worship, witness, work improve,
Our fellowship increase;
And one, in your undying love,
Bid us go forth in peace.