Let songs of thanksgiving and glad psalms of praise
resound through the heavens extolling God's ways,
for since our faith journey began long ago,
our God has been with us and helped us to grow.
Give thanks for the people who, led by God's grace,
had vision to gather a church in this place.
Sing praise for their mission, and all they endured
to be Christ's disciples and God's living Word.
Give thanks for the faithful who walk in their way,
still led by a vision of mission today
to care for the homeless, the hungry and ill,
the prisoner and stranger, with love and good will.
Give thanks for our children and gifts that they bring,
their joy in God's presence, the songs that they sing.
As they learn to worship, and study, and pray,
the church of tomorrow is born here today.
Sing praise for the journey of faith that we share.
Sing praise, and be thankful for God's love and care.
Rejoice in Christ Jesus, who walks at our side,
and hope in the Spirit, our Light and our Guide.
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 >
This text was commissioned by Webster Presbyterian Church, Webster, NY, for its 175th anniversary. The text is also included in THE SONG OF FAITH: THE HYMN SETTINGS OF SANDRA GAY, set to her tune, FAITH JOURNEY.
Display Title: Sing Praise for the JourneyFirst Line: Let songs of thanksgiving and glad psalms of praiseAuthor: Mary Keithahn NelsonScripture: Philippians 1:4Date: 2008Source: The Song Lingers On (Zimbel Press, 2003)
Display Title: Sing Praise for the JourneyFirst Line: Let songs of thanksgiving and glad psalms of praiseTune Title: JOURNEY OF FAITHAuthor: Mary Nelson KeithahnMeter: 65.65 DScripture: Exodus 13:21-22; Philippians 1:3-4Date: 2003Subject: Church Anniverssary | Faith journeySource: The Song Lingers On