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Posted by on Jul 23, 2018 | 0 comments

Show the Way

Here are hymn lyrics by Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder set to the hymn tune: Aberystwyth (composed by Joseph Parry) which is found in many common hymnals.  The lyrics call upon the biblical texts, Mark 6 and Ezekiel 33 and were written to be used in Sunday morning worship at the United Church of Strafford, VT in July of 2018.

You  can also find the music and lyrics here formatted to print as a bulletin insert

TOM REQUESTS THAT YOU CREDIT HIM AND THAT YOU LET HIM KNOW WHEN YOU USE IT AT: rev.thomas.cary.kinder@gmail.com


Someone needs to show the way, (ABERYSTWYTH  7.7.7.7.D.)

Someone needs to show the way

When the nation goes astray,

Someone needs to hold ideals

Making urgent, strong appeals.

If not we, this church, then who?

Christ, the truth, asks we be true,

Placing no concern above

Making real God’s realm of love.

 

When we see the world go wrong,

When the poor do not belong,

When the politics of fear

Harden hearts to cries we hear,

When earth, torn by war or greed,

Turns from peace and health all need,

Then we churches have a choice,

Silence or courageous voice.

 

Christ and his disciples show

Where the faithful church will go,

Out to shine love, life and light,

Daring dream of earth made right,

Healing, driving demons out,

Standing up to hate or doubt,

Risking all before too late.

Rise now, church.  Earth cannot wait.


© Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder, 2018

Rev. Kinder  has served as the pastor of the United Church of Strafford, VT, United Church of Christ.  Prior to that he served as interim Minister in Bradford, VT and settled pastor for 17 years in Thetford, VT.

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