For all the ways we help each other grow, hymn — Jim Burklo, USA

For All the Ways
Tune: For All the Saints, Sine Nomine 10.10.10.A
New words for an old tune —  words of commitment for a Church Anniversary or other service reflecting on the life of a congregation


For all the ways we help each other grow
As we share stories, moments high and low
The face of Christ among us now will show
We sing allelujia, allelujia.

For all the people that our church holds dear
For every precious memory made here
For those we serve in love, both far and near
We sing allelujia, allelujia.

For times when silence is the truest word
Or when the prophet’s thund’ring voice is heard
For tears and laughter that our church has stirred
We sing allelujia, allelujia.

In all our struggles, God will lead us through
And give us strength to do what we must do
To gain the peace and justice we pursue
We sing allelujia, allelujia.

Jim Burklo, Associate Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California, writes progressive prayers, hymns and other worship items.  Many of his liturgical materials can be found in his book “Birdlike and Barnless:  Meditations, Prayers, and Songs for Progressive Christians”  (2008, St Johann Press).  Explore his blog for more words for worship.

Photo: Mathonsi United Congregational Church of Southern Africa, circa 1986

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