Feb 3, 2012

New Hymn: Isaiah 58

Here’s a new hymn by David Gambrell.  It’s based on Isaiah 58, one of the traditional texts for Ash Wednesday worship.

Let Us Worship God with Justice

Let us worship God with justice, even as we sing and pray.
Let us keep the fast God chooses on this day and every day.
Lift your voice for liberation; speak the truth and never fear,
for the God of our salvation even now is drawing near.

Share your table with the hungry, share your plenty with the poor;
when you see the tired and homeless offer them an open door.
Comfort those who are afflicted, work to set the captives free.
Live with kindness, never hiding from your human family.

Then your light will shine like morning and your Savior will appear.
You will call and God will answer: “faithful servant, I am here.”
Then the Holy One will guide you; you will be like living streams.
God will lift the fallen cities and restore the people’s dreams.

Lift your voice for liberation; speak the truth and never fear,
for the God of our salvation even now is drawing near.
Keep the fast of faith in action on this day and every day.
Worship God with peace and justice, even as we sing and pray.

Text: © David Gambrell (2007), based on Isaiah 58. Posted on the Presbyterian Church USA website. http://www.pcusa.org/


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