Help Us Accept Each Other   1 comment

Above:  Statue of Reconciliation, Coventry Cathedral

Image Source = Rebecca Kennison

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:UK_Coventry_Statue-of-Reconcilliation.jpg)

Hymn Source = The Presbyterian Hymnal:  Hymns, Psalms, and Spiritual Songs (1990), of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Words by the Reverend Fred Kaan (1929-2009), of the United Reformed Church, a Presbyterian-Congregationalist denomination in the United Kingdom

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1.  Help us accept each other

As Christ accepted us;

Teach us as sister, brother,

Each person to embrace.

Be present, Lord, among us

And bring us to believe

We are ourselves accepted

and meant to love and live.

2.  Teach us, O Lord, Your lessons,

As in our daily life

We struggle to be human

And search for hope and faith.

Teach us to care for people,

For all, not just for some,

To love them as we find them

Or as they may become.

3.  Let Your acceptance change us,

So that we may be moved

In living situations

To do the truth in love;

To practice Your acceptance

Until we know by heart

The table of forgiveness

And laughter’s healing art.

4.  Lord, for today’s encounters

With all who are in need,

Who hunger for acceptance,

For righteousness and bread,

We need new eyes for seeing,

New hands for holding on:

Renew us with Your Spirit;

Lord, free us, make us one!

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  1. Pingback: Fred Kaan « GATHERED PRAYERS COLLECTED BY KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

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