1 Our God, Creation's loving source,
in love, for love has placed us here
that God's own image, which we bear,
through human loving may shine clear.
2 As God is One in Trinity,
our being, body, mind and soul --
is meant for unity and peace,
a sound and joyful living whole.
3 Desire and tenderness and joy
are holy gifts, and ours to share
in love that's giving, faithful, kind,
and grows in mutual love and care.
4 Within Christ's body may we find
our best and truest selves revealed,
called forth, supported by its love
to live at peace, made whole and healed.
5 Praise God, all living souls on earth
with strings and trumpets, dance, and song!
God's all-surrounding love will be
both home and way our whole life long!
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Author: Joy F. Patterson
Joy F. Patterson (b. 1931), of Wassau, Wisconsin, is an elder in the Presbyterian Church who has written many texts and tunes; twenty-nine are collected in Come, You People of the Promise (Hope Publishing, Co., 1994); another collection, Teach Our Eyes New Ways of Seeing, was published in 2005 (Selah). Patterson has enjoyed a varied career as a French professor, homemaker, and claim representative for the Social Security Administration.
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O WALY WALY is a traditional English melody associated with the song "O Waly, Waly, gin love be bony," the words of which date back at least to Ramsay's Tea Table Miscellany (1724-1732), and as the setting for a folk ballad about Jamie Douglas. It is also well known in the Appalachian region of the…
Display Title: Our God, Creation's Loving SourceFirst Line: Our God, Creation's loving sourceTune Title: O WALY WALYAuthor: Joy F. PattersonMeter: 8 8 8 8Date: 1996Subject: The Church at Worship | Marriage; Easter 2 | Year A