Lord God, Your Love Has Called Us Here   1 comment

Alapaha United Methodist Church, Alapaha, Georgia, U.S.A., Easter Sunday 1990

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Hymn Author = The Reverend Brian Wren, of the United Reformed Church, a British Isles Presbyterian-Congregationalist body; the words date to 1973

Hymn Source = The United Methodist Hymnal:  Book of United Methodist Worship (1989), of The United Methodist Church


1.  Lord God, your love has called us here,

as we, by love, for love were made;

your living likeness still we bear,

though marred, dishonored, disobeyed;

we come, with all our heart and mind,

your call to hear, your love to find.

2. We come in self-inflicted pains

of broken trust and chosen wrong,

half-free, half-bound by inner chains,

by social forces swept along,

by powers and systems close confined,

yet seeking hope for humankind.

3.  Lord God, in Christ you call our name,

and then receive us as your own;

not through some merit, right, or claim,

but by your gracious love alone;

we strain to glimpse your mercy seat,

and find you kneeling at our feet.

4.  Then take the towel, and break the bread,

and humble us, and call us friends;

suffer and and serve till all are fed,

and show how grandly love intends

to work till all creation sings,

to fill all worlds, to crown all things.

5.  Lord God, in Christ you set us free

your life to live, your call to share;

give us your Spirit’s liberty

to turn from guilt and dull despair,

and offer all that faith can do,

while love is making all things new.

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