Author: Mary Jackson Cathey Hymnal: New Hymns of Hope #216 Meter: Irregular Topics: Call to Worship Lyrics: We come to worship in praise of our Maker
with thanks for all blessings bestowed by God's grace.
The faith which is nurtured in each generation
now brings us together in this sacred place.
The words of Scripture have giv'n the message
which leads us to do what we say we believe,
lending strength for challenges waiting before us
we search for the light God would have us receive.
Give thanks for lessons our ancestors taught us
who modeled the virtues of courage and care,
who were loyally steadfast to country and loved ones,
who gave us the heart and the vision to share.
Let us live our days asking for God's guidance
that shows us the purpose which God has conceived,
finding strength for days of the journey before us
and mindful of blessings that we have received.
For love of life and their own priceless freedom,
for strong, sturdy souls who were willing to die,
for the triune God and beliefs that sustained them
when faced with hard choices to stand firm and try.
In the long tradition that framed and shaped them
with family and faith still directing their ways,
we now go forward to live, work, and worship,
to glorify God through the rest of our days.
Go out rejoicing for gifts of the Spirit,
as varied as kilts of our heritage signs.
The fire of kindred still burning within us
holds fast as the weaves in our family designs.
We abide with God who will not desert us,
whose care and protection and guidance is ours.
Follow faithfully in the path God has chosen
to live all our days as the Spirit empowers. Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:4-7 Languages: English Tune Title: CANDLER
We Come to Worship in Praise of Our Maker