Church is more than just a building,
more than wood or metal or brick.
Church is how we love our neighbour.
Church is how we tend to the sick,
Feed the hungry and heal the suffering,
welcome strangers and give to the poor.
All our service is as worship,
all our presence an open door.
Church is more than a weekly gathering.
Church is faith that’s come alive,
Filling hearts and minds with passion,
peace and hope that ever abide.
Even as the building’s empty,
we are touched by the deepest of grace.
When the holy lives within us
we are in a holy place.
We’re the church in the path we follow,
showing care to those in pain.
In the midst of fear and sorrow,
we’re the church and here we’ll remain,
Seeking justice, showing kindness,
singing praises in all that we do.
Church is more than just a building.
It’s our work toward a world made new.
Phoebe Lostroh, vocals; Amanda Udis-Kessler, piano
The score and recording for this hymn are available for free download on Amanda’s website, Queer Sacred Music, where you may also discover numerous other original songs (lyrics, scores and recordings) and worship items. She has granted copyright-free use of her several of her hymns and worship resources.