Lord God, you give all life and growth,
all form and loveliness;
you bless us with all light and truth,
with love and holiness.
In Christ you came in full to dwell;
make clear our sight to see
the glorious news the gospels tell,
how splendid life can be.
Give us the mind of Christ, your Son,
his inborn love of prayer,
his passion that your will be done,
his sureness of your care.
Give us Christ's courage, make us strong
against all evil might
to speak the truth, reject the wrong
and struggle for the right.
But, most of all, teach us to love
whoever they may be
as Jesus loves them, and to prove
with deeds our sympathy.
May we, one company of friends,
our Saviour truly know,
and in whatever task Christ sends
the Spirit's leading show.