God, The Soaring Eagle, music
God, the soaring eagle, God, the mother hen,
Architect and potter, shelter, shield and sun,
Comforting the people others have condemned:
You of many names, you nameless one:
All our words of praise have just begun.
God the gentle shepherd, God the mighty king,
Crying out in labour, angry mother bear,
Drunkard, nurse, and midwife, brood beneath your wing,
Fire, water, rock, you’re always there,
Tempting us away from our despair.
God the male and female made us even so.
God the one whose gender shifts and twists and bends
Blesses us and frees us as we live and grow,
Loves us into fullness with no end:
We of every gender say amen.
Bible references: Genesis 1:27; Exodus 19:4; Deuteronomy 4:24; Deuteronomy 32:4, 10-11; Psalm 10:16; Psalm 19:1; Psalm 22:9; Psalm 23; Psalm 31:20; Psalm 47:7; Psalm 84:11; Isaiah 42:14; Isaiah 49:15; Isaiah 64:8; Isaiah 66:13; Jeremiah 17:13; Hosea 13:8; Matthew 11:19; Matthew 23:37
Amanda Udis-Kessler is a hymnwriter, songwriter, composer, and writer who specializes in music and lyrics for liberal religious people and communities, including inclusive, social justice-minded Christians, Unitarian Universalists, and other open-hearted religious traditions. She has served informally as composer-in-residence at Vista Grande Community Church (UCC). Her website, Queer Sacred Music, includes numerous songs (lyrics, scores and recordings) and worship items.