Academic journal article The Hymn

2010 Macalester Plymouth Hymn Competition Texts

Academic journal article The Hymn

2010 Macalester Plymouth Hymn Competition Texts

Article excerpt

PRIZE-WINNING HYMN

God, we know that on this planet

Paul Bailie

Meter: 8. 7.8. 7.D

Suggested tune: pleading savior

God, we know that on this planet

we are not the only ones,

but with every tribe and nation

we're your daughters and your sons.

With baptismal waters flowing,

dripping wet and sanctified,

we are sharing in your promise

with Christ Jesus by our side.

Help us be a peaceful presence

in a reconciling role,

trusting not in our own prowess

but in your divine control.

Feed us, form us, strengthen, nourish

with abundant holy food.

Guide us as your living body,

in the world for every good.

We acknowledge past injustice,

and for future peace we pray,

trusting in the Holy Spirit

who sustains us day by day.

When we look into a mirror,

help us have humility:

seeing strangers as our neighbors

in this blessed community.

Flags and banners blur our vision;

our own pride obscures the cross.

Jesus, mend our indecision,

bring your mercy to our loss.

As we watch the war and violence,

prejudice and bigotry,

guide us in anticipation

of the world as it will be.

©2010 Paul Bailie, Eagle Pass, TX

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