God values all – Joel 2: 28 – 29 – hymn at a time when people feel excluded. The prophet Joel said: 28 Then afterwards I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. 29 Even on the male and female slaves, in those days, I will pour out my spirit.
1 God, save us from the platitudes, the empty prayers and hollow praise that blind us to hypocrisy of every thoughtless word or phrase. O take us, mend us, make us one until your work on earth is done. 2 When pride and selfishness demand our rights when others suffer hurt, when greed and use of wealth exploit and push our neighbours in the dirt yes, take us, mend us, make us one until your work on earth is done. 3 Within a world of fear-built walls of colour, social class or creed, God, help us look with Christ-lit eyes for Christ within another's need; O, take us, mend us, make us one until your work on earth is done. 4 O God of fundamental grace in which your church has grown and stands, great God of self-denying love may hatred die in every land. Yes, take us, mend us, make us one until your peace on earth is won. 5 Then graceful hospitality may welcome angels unaware, until your all inclusive love spans though all time, is everywhere, for by your grace we now are one, your hope is gained, your work is done. Andrew E Pratt (born 1948) Words © 2011 Stainer & Bell Ltd, London, England firstname.lastname@example.org Please include any reproduction for local church use on your CCL Licence returns. All wider and any commercial use requires prior application to Stainer & Bell Ltd Metre: 8 8 8 8 8 8 Tune: ABINGDON