(sung to Nettleton, the melody for ‘Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing’)
Delores Dufner, OSB
Summoned by the God who made us
rich in our diversity
Gathered in the name of Jesus,
richer still in unity.
Let us bring the gifts that differ
and, in splendid, varied ways
sing a new church into being,
one in faith and love and praise.
Radiant risen from the water,
robed in holiness and light,
male and female in God’s image,
male and female, God’s delight.
Trust the goodness of creation;
trust the Spirit strong within.
Dare to dream the vision promised,
sprung from seed of what has been.
Bring the hopes of every nation;
bring the art of every race.
Weave a song of peace of justice;
let it sound through time and space.
Draw together at one table,
all the human family;
shape a circle ever wider
and a people ever free.
The committee on the Structure of the Church sang this at their meetings and the House of Deputies sang this song after its unanimous vote on C095, Restructuring the Church.