God of dawn, each day's renewal
brings the world into your light
as your sun defeats the shadows,
drives away the darkest night.
We would greet this new beginning
as your call to start again;
lead us on with hope and courage,
make your will and purpose plain.
Christ, you walked the world as we do,
knew its human pain and loss
as your love broke through the barriers,
by your death upon the cross.
We still speak your gospel message,
though two thousand years have gone;
help us now translate its meaning
in this present world of wrong.
Holy Spirit, inspiration,
light and truth and root of prayer,
as your challenge moves us forward,
taking us we know not where,
we will follow your direction,
though the way may not be clear.
Shape us, change us, recreate us,
so the future holds no fear.
Praise to God, who spoke creation,
giving life to time and space.
Praise to Christ, whose living presence
showed the world your human face.
Praise the Spirit, daily witness
to your ever-loving way.
Take us now and reawake us,
challenge us to use this day.