Here's a new hymn inspired by the Book of James. It is written in 22.214.171.124 D and is sung to the tune, HOLY MANNA, which is commonly used to sing "Brethren, We Have Met to Worship."
Permission is given for use in congregational worship. Please give the following credit: "Copyright 2018 Stephen M. Fearing | www.stephenmfearing.com"
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Keep our faith alive and thriving, help us be your servants true.
Stir our hearts to break with grief when hurting people cry for you.
May our works reflect our preaching, may your worship change our ways.
Make our mission full and fruitful, serving you with all our days.
What good is it, Gospel children, if you pray but fail to act?
Is not faith a concrete practice, never only in abstract?
May we live your Gospel fully; hearing, yes, but doing, too!
May our lives reflect your calling, not just when we’re in our pew.
What good is it, God’s beloved, if the Church is naught but talk?
Who are we to shut the door when those who weep and suffer knock?
Far too often have we faltered when we’re called to take a stand.
Free our hearts to serve you boldly, feeding people from your hand.
Faith that’s free from works is deadly, keeping us from serving true.
Make us, mold us, steer us clearly to the truth we should pursue.
All your children need your mercy, help us serve the ones in need.
Seal us in your Holy Spirit, preaching love in word and deed.