Author: Richard K. Avery, 1934-; Donald S. Marsh, 1923- Hymnal: Worship and Rejoice #550 (2003) Meter: 188.8.131.52 with refrain Hymnal Title: Worship and Rejoice First Line: The church is not a building Refrain First Line: I am the church! You are the church! Lyrics: Refrain:
I am the church! You are the church!
We are the church together!
All who follow Jesus, all around the world!
Yes, we're the church together!
1 The church is not a building,
the church is not a steeple,
the church is not a resting place,
the church is a people. [Refrain]
2 We're many kinds of people,
with many kinds of faces,
all colors and all ages, too,
from all times and places. [Refrain]
3 Sometimes the church is marching,
sometimes it's bravely burning,
sometimes it's riding, sometimes hiding,
always it's learning. [Refrain]
4 And when the people gather,
there's singing and there's praying,
there's laughing and there's crying
sometimes, all of it saying: [Refrain]
5 At Pentecost some people
received the Holy Spirit
and told the Good News through the world
to all who would hear it. [Refrain]
Scripture: 1 Peter 2:5 Languages: English Tune Title: PORT JERVIS
We Are the Church