God, we join in celebration of your love and faithfulness:
Long ago, our congregation gathered in the wilderness.
Long ago, your people worshiped, shared the gospel, served you well,
Celebrated grace and friendship, then went out, your love to tell.
What a faith-filled, rich tradition we are blest, O Christ, to know.
Guided by your Great Commission, many helped our church to grow.
Called by you to love their neighbors, thousands served you here with grace.
Thank you for their loving labors that have brought us to this place.
Grateful for the past you’ve given, now we look in hope to you.
Make us salt, and light, and leaven, working for a world that’s new.
By your Spirit, lead and guide us as your loving family,
Teach us, shape us, walk beside us! Send us out in ministry!
|First Line:||God, we join in celebration of your love and faithfulness|
|Title:||God, We Join in Celebration|
|Author:||Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (2001)|
|Copyright:||Copyright © 2001 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved|
|Name:||HYMN TO JOY|
|Composer:||Ludwig van Beethoven (1824)|
|Adapter:||Edward Hodges (1796-1867)|