I find it hard to believe that I have been asked to talk to you about this! I have been a member here since fall of 2011. I found a hymn that I want to share with you. It is one of my favorites. It is written by F. Pratt Green, a Methodist minister in England. He wrote the following hymn in 1977 for the dedication of the University United Methodist Church in Austin, Texas. I think that the words really have a lot to say to us about who we are as Christians and what we are as Church.
God is here! As we, your people,
meet to offer praise and prayer,
may we find in fuller measure
what it is in Christ we share.
Here, as in the world around us,
all our varied skills and arts
wait the coming of the Spirit
into open minds and hearts.
Here are symbols to remind us
of our lifelong need of grace;
here are table, font, and pulpit;
here the Cross has central place.
Here in honesty of preaching,
here in silence, as in speech,
here, in newness and renewal
God the Spirit comes to each.
Here our children find a welcome
in the Shepherd’s flock and fold;
here, as bread and wine are taken,
Christ sustains us as of old.
Here the servants of the Servant
seek in worship to explore
what it means in daily living
to believe and to adore.
Lord of all, of church and kingdom,
in an age of change and doubt,
keep us faithful to the gospel;
help us work your purpose out.
Here, in this day’s celebration,
all we have to give, receive:
we, who cannot live without you,
we adore you! We believe!
Cliff Hill is a Trinity member who finds his ministry in music! He is a member of the Trinity Chamber Singers and the Trinity Cathedral Choir. He also serves on Trinity’s arts committee and on the board of Music & Arts at Trinity, the nonprofit arts organization that produces our BrownBag and evening concerts. Cliff uses the text from his favorite hymn to give his stewardship message.