1 Living Word of God eternal,
Laying claim to every age,
Jesus, speak through all our speaking,
Bring to life the Bible's page;
Let your Gospel, heard and heeded,
Set our course of pilgrimage.
2 Loving Savior, whose embraces
Our true selves alone unmask,
In this fellowship's small compass
Train us for our common task:
By our love to grow more like you
And to dare what you will ask.
3 Living Bread come down from heaven,
Broken, shared, distributed,
Feed us, gathered at this table,
With your grace unlimited,
And as servants then employ us
Till this hungry world is fed.
4 Loving Spirit, praying in us,
Giving voice to all our sighs,
Show the wideness of your mercy
To deaf ears and blinded eyes;
Free our tongues to come before you
With our neighbors' joys and cries.
5 May your Word among us spoken,
May the loving which we dare,
May your Bread among us broken,
May the prayers in which we share
Daily make us faithful people,
Living signs, Lord, of your care.
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Author: Jeffery W. Rowthorn
Jeffery W. Rowthorn (b. Newport, Gwent, Wales, 1934) wrote this text in 1978 while he was Chapel Minister at Yale Divinity School, New Haven, Connecticut. The text was first published in Laudamus (1980), a hymnal supplement edited by Rowthorn and used at the Yale Divinity School.
Rowthorn graduated from Cambridge and Oxford Universities, Union Theological Seminary in New York, and Cuddeson Theological College in Oxford. Ordained in 1963 in the Church of England, he served several congregations in England before immigrating to the United States, where he was chaplain at Union Theological Seminary and a faculty member in liturgics at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, which he helped to establish. He was then elected Suffragan Bishop of t… Go to person page >