Joyful God of Youth and Children

Joyful God of youth and children

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn (2002)
Published in 1 hymnal

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Joyful God of youth and children,
God of all who hold them dear,
Source of faith and understanding,
Perfect Love that casts out fear,
we have gathered in your presence,
with glad hearts and songs of praise,
for a grateful celebration
of your wise and wondrous ways.

In your wisdom, God, you set us
as your people in this place,
bid us welcome friend and stranger
to the garden of your grace.
In this fertile field, with wonder,
we have watched our children grow
in the faith that first was scattered
by the saints of long ago.

At the font the seed was planted
for the faith that blooms today.
It was watered by the Spirit,
fed according to Love’s Way.
In the home this faith was nurtured
like a seedling, with great care;
in the church by songs and stories
faithful teachers had to share.

God, the faith that's come to flower
is now ready to bear fruit.
Gift our children with your Spirit,
make them strong and resolute.
In this rite of confirmation,
bless the solemn vows they make,
that each one may follow Jesus,
living always for his sake.

Alternate 4th stanza for times other than Confirmation:
Now as faith begins to flower
and is ready to bear fruit,
gift our children with your Spirit,
make them strong and resolute.
Listen to their affirmations,
hear the heartfelt prayers they make,
as they seek to follow Jesus,
living always for his sake.

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 >

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First Line: Joyful God of youth and children
Title: Joyful God of Youth and Children
Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn (2002)
Meter: D
Source: The Song Lingers On
Notes: Alternate tune:ODE TO JOY


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