It is such a pleasure when we come across a hymn in church that is beautifully written, that verse by verse nails the idea on the head, and I find myself, as they say, agreeing in spirit. This one, entitled, "We Are Your People" was new to me, and I copied it on the spot. Written by Brian Wren (1973) and John Wilson (1980). I love the way it talks about community. This song says what I'm trying to say (and then some) in my poem "Community," which was posted in December. (Also, the meter is kind of cool, not the 4-line melody you'd expect.)
We are your people, LORD, by your grace.
You dare to make us Christ to our neighbors
of every nation and race.
Called to portray you, help us to live
closer than neighbors, open to strangers
able to clash and forgive.
Glad of tradition, help us to see
in all life's changing where you are leading,
where our best efforts should be.
Joined in community, breaking your bread,
may we discover gifts in each other,
willing to lead and be led.
LORD as we minister in different ways,
may all we're doing show that You're living,
meeting Your love with our praise.