I don't know if I have ever been so moved by the words of a hymn. I heard this Saturday at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, it is sung to the tune of "Joyful, joyful we adore thee" The new lyrics are by Mary Bringle. I hope it speaks to you as well.
Sing a new world into being, sound a bold and hopeful theme.
Find a tune for silent yearnings, lend your voice and dare to dream.
Dream a church where all who worship find their lives and loves belong.
Sing a new world into being, sing as Christ inspires your song.
Sing a new world into being, where each gender class and race.
Brings its rainbow gifts and colors to God’s limitless embrace.
Where the lines that once divided form instead the ties that bind.
Sing a new world into being, Risk transforming heart and mind.
Sing a new world into being, where the homeless find a home.
Where no children ever hunger, but are filled with God’s shalom.
Where all people work for justice, where all hate and vengeance cease.
Sing a new world into being, raise the harmonies of peace.
Sing a new world into being, Join the ancient prophets’ cry.
For a time of health and plenty, when all tears have been wiped dry.
When compassion flows like waters, pouring balm for all who grieve.
Sing a new world into being, live the promise you believe.
You can find this is the new GIA/National Baptist Convention Hymnal, "Total Praise"
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
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