With Christ as its model, the Church welcomes strangers. It seeks to comfort those in pain and those who feel alone. Local congregations, as the Body of Christ, also reach beyond their “stained glass windows and walls” to do mission work as well as address social ills. This hymn was written to celebrate the 150th anniversary of a congregation. In addition to celebrating anniversaries, the hymn is appropriate for building dedications.
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Biblical sources: Matthew 25:35; Psalm 100:2, Ephesians 5:19
Tune name: AMES 150
Alternate tunes: MCKEE, ST. PETER
Meter: 188.8.131.52 + 8
Hymn content: 4 verses with refrain and descant
Hymn arrangement: SATB organ or piano,
Optional instrumental descant
Sample text: Verse 1 and Verse 4, with refrain
Verse 1 (Disciples welcome all persons, especially those with needs)
Here we reach out with joy to all,
Share dreams that turn to deeds.
Here we affirm with trust and care,
To comfort those with needs.
(Refrain) Welcome one, welcome all; let’s walk together. (repeat once)
Verse 4 (Disciples share the good news, serve, and seek justice)
Here songs embrace the cup and bread;
Move us to spread good news.
Here Christ tells us all must be fed;
Seek justice for all hues. (Refrain)
Picture: At its 150th anniversary celebration, The Ames (IA) UCC included a buffalo robe, recalling its first worship services in 1865 in a railroad depot, when such a robe was placed over a trunk and communion was observed.
Key words: church anniversary, worship, education, caring, service, witness, faith, Holy Spirit, social justice, welcome,
Collection(s): Special Services, Social Action
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