Lord, your church on earth is seeking power and wisdom from above:
Teach us all the art of speaking with the accents of your love.
We will heed your great commission sending us to every place -
'Go, baptize, fulfil my mission; serve with love and share my grace!'
You release us from our bondage, lift the burdens caused by sin;
give new hope, new strength and courage, grant release from fears within.
Light for darkness, joy for sorrow, love for hatred, peace for strife -
these and countless blessings follow as the Spirit gives new life.
In the streets of every city where the bruised and lonely live,
we will show the saviour's pity and his longing to forgive.
In all lands and with all races we will serve, and seek to bring
all the world to render praises Christ, to you, redeemer king.
© Michael Saward