We glorify your name, O God,
Through Christ, your Word made flesh.
We worship, listen for your Word,
To hear your Good News fresh.
You gather us to be made one,
You call us each by name,
We grow in Christ, your own dear Son,
We care for each the same.
You send us forth your sheep to feed,
Your grace and gifts employ,
To share our faith by word and deed,
To spread peace, love and joy.
We teach your truth to grow the mind
Of people young and old.
To live and learn, to seek and find,
Your story must be told.
We serve our neighbors in your name,
Ones we know and others.
From near and far they’re all the same,
Our sisters and brothers.
All praise and honor come your way,
The Father and the Son.
And Holy Spirit, each new day,
Until the worlds are done.
©Richard L. Floyd, 2004
(I wrote this in 2004 based on the Mission Statement of the congregation I was serving at the time. Like many of my hymn texts it is “open,” which means it is not attached to any particular tune. It is in Common Meter and can be plugged into any C.M. tune. If you try it and like it let me know which tune you have used.
Photo: R. L. Floyd, 2016. The Appalachian Trail at Tyringham Cobble, MA)