They did not build in vain
who founded here a church
as witness to God's love
amid a world of pain,
for still, to those who wish to see,
this place proclaims God's mystery.
They built upon the rock
that is the risen Lord,
the one foundation laid
which stands each earthly shock;
that, Spirit filled, we here might raise,
as living temples, prayer and praise.
Those who have loved this place,
a cloud of witnesses,
surround and urge us on
as we now run our race,
and so we lay aside each sin
in our desire to strive and win.
Though the horizon's bend
conceals the way ahead,
the footprints on the road
show Christ waits at the end;
in him alone our faith shall stand
who waits for us at God's right hand.
Here is our meeting place,
where doubt finds grounds of faith,
where hurt finds healing love,
our penitence your grace;
where bridging time to eternity
is God the holy Trinity.