Invitation from Bishop Sue: Hymn to Pray this Lent

3/6/2019

Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson invites all to begin Lent by praying this Marty Haugen hymn with her, and to pray it daily during Lent.

All Are Welcome

Let us build a house where love can dwell and all can safely live,
a place where saints and children tell how hearts learn to forgive.
Built of hopes and dreams and visions, rock of faith and vault of grace;
here the love of Christ shall end divisions. All are welcome, all are welcome,
all are welcome in this place.

Let us build a house where prophets speak, and words are strong and true,
where all God’s children dare to seek
to dream God’s reign anew.
Here the cross shall stand as witness and as symbol of God’s grace;
here as one we claim the faith of Jesus. All are welcome, all are welcome,
all are welcome in this place.

Let us build a house where love is found in water, wine and wheat:
a banquet hall on holy ground
where peace and justice meet.
Here the love of God, through Jesus,
is revealed in time and space;
as we share in Christ the feast that frees us. All are welcome, all are welcome,
all are welcome in this place.

Let us build a house where hands will reach beyond the wood and stone
to heal and strengthen, serve and teach, and live the Word they’ve known.
Here the outcast and the stranger bear the image of God’s face;
let us bring an end to fear and danger. All are welcome, all are welcome,
all are welcome in this place.

Let us build a house where all are named, their songs and visions heard
and loved and treasured, taught and claimed as words within the Word.
Built of tears and cries and laughter, prayers of faith and songs of grace,
let this house proclaim from floor to rafter. All are welcome, all are welcome,
all are welcome in this place.


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