“God, the Father, of Your People”
By John Newton, 1779, and Alfred Mulder, 1978
God, the Father of Your people,
You have called us to be one;
Grant us grace to walk together
In the joy of Christ, Your Son.
Challenged by Your Word and Spirit,
Blest with gifts from heav’n above,
As one body we will serve You,
And bear witness to Your love.
In the garden hear Christ praying,
“Father, make My foll’wers one”;
Yet, His prayer we are betraying
With each person that we shun.
Let our pride and selfish motives
Bow to pray, “Your will be done,”
Till the world shall shout together,
“Amen, Amen, Love has won!”
May the grace of Christ, our Savior,
And the Father’s boundless love,
With the Holy Spirit’s favor,
Rest upon us from above.
May we now remain in union
With each other and the Lord,
And possess, in sweet communion,
Joys that earth cannot afford.