God of every generation,
past and present, yet to come,
Jesus Christ our Friend and Savior,
Spirit holy, Three in One,
Love eternal, loyal Presence,
Source of faith that we embrace,
we rejoice that you have called us
to be agents of your grace.
As you led the saints before us
who built up the church we know,
guide us in our sacred mission,
make us faithful, help us grow.
Let our worship and our teaching,
music that we sing and play,
all proclaim the love of Jesus,
and the Gospel for today.
Bless us in our life together,
men and women, young and old,
friendly neighbors, lonely strangers,
weak and weary, brave and bold.
As we seek to follow Jesus,
side by side and hand in hand,
gift us with your Holy Spirit,
help us live by love's command.
When we leave this house of worship,
may we each go out to serve,
treating all we meet with justice,
and respect that they deserve.
In the poor, outcast, and needy,
may we see our Savior's face,
and with kindness, hope, and friendship,
gather them in love's embrace.
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: God of Every GenerationFirst Line: God of every generation,Tune Title: WAUWATOSAAuthor: Mary Nelson KeithahnMeter: 87.87 DScripture: Ephesians 2:19-22Date: 2003Subject: Christian Life | Worship; Church Anniversary | Inclusive community; Church-Nature and Purpose | Calling of communitySource: The Song Lingers On