1. Thank you, God, for past and present,
for a future yet unknown,
and for countless gifts and talents,
ours to use, but yours to own.
Thank you for our best traditions
richly able to endow
ventures new to find and follow
where your love is leading now.
2. Send us out to work and witness
with a message glad and clear:
"Jesus Christ, God's Word and Wisdom,
lives, and moves among us here.
Though we fail, fall short, and falter,
Christ redeems the way we live
as we learn to care and listen,
be forgiven, and forgive."
3. Reconfigured and translated,
joy in Christ, our common hope,
shines through varied forms and faces,
rich in detail, vast in scope.
Give us, as we serve your mission,
faith that welcomes and explores,
guided by a common vision --
open hearts and open doors.
4. Lead us by your Holy Spirit
as the way of Christ we trace,
not dividing clean from dirty
but aglow with healing grace,
grace abounding, pure compassion,
holy love embracing all,
calling us to holy living,
faithful, worthy of your call.
5. If the world observes and listens,
testing if our words ring true,
will our work and worship offer
glimpses of a world made new?
Will the souls we gently beckon,
never hustled or enticed,
see in us a moving image
of your love in Jesus Christ?