God of Every Generation

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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.

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn

Mary Nelson Keithahn, a United Church of Christ minister and church education specialist, works out of her home in Rapid City, South Dakota as a curriculum writer-editor, journalist, and lyricist for musical dramas and anthems. She has also written over eighty hymns, and her texts are included in hymnals or supplements published by the Advent Christian Church, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Faith Alive Christian Resources, Alternatives for Simple Living/Selah, Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church, United Church of Canada and the United Methodist Church. Mary is a Life Member and former board member of Choristers Guild and a Life Member of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. She is also a member of ASCAP. --mnk Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: God of every generation,
Title: God of Every Generation
Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn (2001)
Meter: D
Source: The Song Lingers On
Notes: Alternate tunes: ABBOT'S LEIGH, AUSTRIAN HYMN, BEACH SPRING, IN BABILONE, BEECHER; An anthem setting is available from Zimbel Press, #Z224


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