For All the Ways (hymn for Church Anniversary)– Jim Burklo, USA

Tune:  “For All the Saints”   Sine Nomine 10.10.10.A

Words by Jim Burklo    (use freely with attribution)

Appropriate for Church Anniversaries

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.