1 For your wise, creating Spirit,
blessing us in countless ways,
and your Living Word of mercy,
God, we offer you our praise.
From the waters of creation,
you brought forth a fertile land,
peopled it with men and women
meant to live by your command.
2 When in Noah’s time, we faltered,
you, with mercy and with love,
flooded us with tears of sorrow,
sent a rainbow and a dove.
And when we were slaves in Egypt,
each one longing to be free,
you led Moses on a pathway
through the waters of the sea.
3 When we wandered in the desert,
you showed us a flowing spring,
quenched our thirst and fed us manna,
though we doubted everything.
When, at last, we saw the Jordan.
and beyond, the Promised Land,
Joshua helped us cross the river,
guided by your faithful hand.
4 When our people walked in darkness,
you sent Light into our gloom:
Jesus, nurtured in the waters
of his mother Mary’s womb.
He was baptized in the Jordan,
he turned water into wine,
washed the feet of his disciples,
all his deeds a holy sign.
5 At the font now, God, we gather
as the friends of Jesus do,
to baptize your child beloved,
into life begun anew.
By your Spirit bless this water,
bless this child that we now name,
bless the people who are present.
May we all your love proclaim.
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: For Your Wise, Creating SpiritFirst Line: For your wise, creating Spirit,Tune Title: FIRST CHURCHAuthor: Mary Nelson KeithahnMeter: 87.87 DScripture: Genesis 1:9-10; Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 6:5-7; Genesis 8:6-12; Genesis 9:12-17; Exodus 14:21-29; Exodus 15; Joshua 3:1-17; Isaiah 9:2; Luke 1:30-33; Mark 1:9-11; John 2:1-11; John 13:2-5Date: 2017Subject: Baptism | Prayer