1 In the name of Christ we gather,
in the name of Christ we sing,
as we celebrate the promise
of your servant's offering,
here ordained to lead God's people
at the Gospel's beckoning.
2 Sons and daughters of the Spirit,
we are called to teach and care,
called as were the first disciples,
Christ's own ministry to share,
and in bread and wine and water
sacraments of grace declare.
3 In our preaching, praying, caring
may your word spring into life;
in our time of doubt and challenge,
may its truth affirm belief;
and in days of pain and darkness,
may it heal our guilt and grief.
4 Word of joy, enlivening Spirit,
more than lover, parent, friend,
born in Jesus, born in Mary,
born in us, that love extend,
grow within your chosen servant(s),
life of God that has no end!
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Author: Shirley Erena Murray
SHIRLEY ERENA MURRAY (b. 1931) is a hymn text writer, born in Invercargill, New Zealand in 1931. Her texts have appeared in more than 100 collections worldwide and have been translated into several languages. She has been an editor with the New Zealand Hymnbook Trust and received international acclaim for her writing, including being made a Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music (2006) and becoming a Member of the NZ Order of Merit (2001) for services to the community through hymn writing. She is the first citizen to be so honored. Most recently, she has been honored by the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada at its July 2009 annual conference by being named a Fellow of the Society in recognition of her contributions as a hymn… Go to person page >
Display Title: In the name of Christ we gatherFirst Line: In the name of Christ we gatherTune Title: GRAFTON (TANTUM ERGO SACRAMENTUM)Author: Shirley Erena Murray (b. 1931)Meter: 87 87 87Scripture: Hebrews 13:15-16; 1 Peter 5:1-7Date: 2013Subject: Baptism | ; Belief | ; Blessing | ; Church | Ministry; Discipleship | ; Holy Communion | ; Holy Spirit | inspiration of; Ordination | ; The Church's Ministry and Mission | ; Truth | ; Vocation |
Display Title: In the name of Christ we gatherFirst Line: In the name of Christ we gatherTune Title: TANTUM ERGO SACRAMENTUM (GRAFTON)Author: Shirley Erena Murray (b. 1931)Meter: 87 87 87Scripture: 1 Corinthians 11:26; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; 2 Corinthians 4:1; 2 Corinthians 4:5; 2 Corinthians 5:18; 2 Timothy 4:2; Acts 2:41-42; Hebrews 13:15-16; Matthew 18:20; Matthew 28:19-20; Revelation 1:5-6Date: 2005Subject: The Church Celebrates | Ordination; Gathering | ; Gospel Call |