God, you give us recreation, rest and play when work is through,
Game and sport and celebration, times that challenge and renew.
In the days we spend together, in the feasts that we prepare,
In the times of joy and laughter, may we know your loving care.
Yet, O Lord, we see you crying for the ones who know no rest,
For your children, hungry, dying, for the homeless and oppressed.
May we, as your sons and daughters, share with open heart and hand,
Till your justice flows like water to the poor throughout the land.
Bless, O Christ, our gifts of caring, for we know without a doubt:
Soup and bread are made for sharing, hands are made for reaching out.
Even in our times of playing, may we keep the vision clear:
Keep us serving, loving, praying, welcoming your kingdom here.
IN BABILONE is a traditional Dutch melody that appeared in Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlities en Contradansen (Old and New Dutch Peasant Songs and Country Dances), c. 1710. Ralph Vaughan Williams (PHH 316) discovered this tune as arranged by Julius Rontgen (b. Leipzig, Germany, 1855; d. Utrecht,…
Display Title: God, You Give Us RecreationFirst Line: God, you give us recreation, rest and play when work is throughTune Title: IN BABILONEAuthor: Carolyn Winfrey GilletteMeter: 188.8.131.52 DScripture: Amos 5:24; Deuteronomy 15:11; Ecclesiastes 3:12-13; Ecclesiastes 9:7-9; Exodus 20:8; Exodus 34:21; Mark 6:32-44; Matthew 6:10Date: 2009Subject: Mission | ; Nation/National Holidays | ; Recreation |