At the end of Structure’s meeting this morning, after unanimously passing C095 Substitute on how to restructure the Church, the committee stood to sing the hymn, Sing a New Church.
“I love this line, ‘sing a new church into being,’” said the Rev. Gay Jennings, chair of the Deputies committee.
Sing a New Church
Words by Delores Dufner, OSB
Tune: Nettleton (melody line for Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessings)
Summoned by the God who made us
rich in our diversity
gathered in the name of Jesus,
richer still in unity.
Let us bring the gifts that differ
and, in splendid, varied ways,
sing a new church into being,
one in faith and love and praise.
Radiant risen from the water,
robed in holiness and light,
male and female in God’s image,
male and female, God’s delight.
Trust the goodness of creation;
trust the Spirit strong within.
Dare to dream the vision promised,
sprung from seed of what has been.
Bring the hopes of every nation;
bring the art of every race.
Weave a song of peace and justice;
let it sound through time and space.
Draw together at one table,
all the human family;
shape a circle ever wider
and a people ever free.