God is Here!   1 comment

Above:  Part of the Procession at the Ordination of Ben Wells to the Sacred Order of Priests at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Atlanta, Georgia, August 27, 2011

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta


Words (1978) by Fred Pratt Green (1903-2000), British Methodist minister

Hymn Source = Chalice Hymnal (1995), of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)


1.  God is here!  As we your people meet to offer praise and prayer,

may we find in fuller measure what it is in Christ we share.

Here, as in the world around us, with all our varied skills and arts

wait the coming of the Spirit into open minds and hearts.

2.  Here are symbols to remind us of our lifelong need of grace;

here are table, fount, and pulpit; here the cross has central place.

Here in honesty of preaching, here in silence, as in speech,

here, in newness and renewal, God the Spirit comes to each.

3.  Here our children find a welcome in the Shepherd’s flock and fold;

here as bread and wine are taken, Christ sustains us, as of old.

Here the servants of the Servant seek in worship to explore

what it means in daily living to believe and to adore.

4.  Lord of all, of Christ and kingdom, in an age of change and doubt

keep us faithful to the gospel; help us to work your purpose out.

Here, in this day’s dedication, all we have to give, receive;

we, who cannot live without you, we adore you!  We believe!

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