Come, praise God for faithful people
long ago whose hearts were stirred
with a passion for the gospel
and a zeal to preach the Word.
Praise God that the church they founded
breathes with life and hope today,
offering us a faith that's grounded
in Christ's holy, loving way.
Sing God's praises for the vision
of the pure and good in heart
who embraced the church's mission
and rejoiced to do their part.
Praise God that their keen discerning
of the work that faith demands
wakes in us a heartfelt yearning
to obey what love commands.
Celebrate the shepherds caring
for the flock within their fold,
and with strangers, gladly sharing,
men and women, young and old.
Praise God that their joy in giving
of themselves, despite the cost,
heartens us for thankful living
and to bear another's cross.
Come, then lift your hearts and voices
in glad praise, for we belong
to a people that rejoices
in love's story and its song.
Praise God who sent Christ to save us,
and the faithful work begun.
Praise the gifts the Spirit gave us.
Praise our God, the Three in One.
Mary Nelson Keithahn, a retired United Church of Christ ordained pastor and church educator, has been a curriculum writer-editor, journalist, and lyricist for musical dramas and anthems. She still works out of her home in Rapid City, South Dakota, as a free-lance writer. In 2016 she published Elfie: Adventures on the Midwest Frontier, a chapter book for children, and Embracing the Light: Reflectioins on God’s Holy Word, a collection of meditations for individual or small group use. Augsburg Fortress also published Sing the Stories of God’s NEW People, the third in a trilogy of Bible story-based collections of songs for young children, written with her longtime colleague, John D. Horman. The two have written over a hundred hymns togethe… Go to person page >
Display Title: Come, Praise God for Faithful PeopleFirst Line: Come, praise God for faithful peopleTune Title: WINCHESER NOWAuthor: Mary Nelson KeithahnMeter: 87.87 DScripture: Colossians 3:12-17Date: 2003Subject: Church Anniversary | Ministry of the heartSource: The Song Lingers On