Make us, O God, a church that shares
your love for humankind;
that lives the truth your word declares,
and heeds the Master's mind.
Help us reach out with loving hands,
in times that try the soul,
with sympathy that understands
and makes the needy whole.
Make us, O God, a church that cares
for every human need;
that suffers when one life despairs,
and moves to intercede.
Give to our voice prophetic power
that stirs each wavering heart
to meet the challenge of this hour
and take a noble part.
Make us, O God, a church that dares
courageously to act;
that clothes with flesh its fervent prayers
and makes the gospel fact.
Now thrust us from the cloistered halls
where fearful souls might hide,
and send us forth where duty calls
to serve the Crucified!