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We Are Your People

Scripture References

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

How rich is the congregation which remembers that the Holy Spirit draws all of God’s people together as the communion of saints. We not only “share in Christ and in all his treasures and gifts,” but we also “consider it a duty to use these gifts readily and joyfully for the service and enrichment of the other members” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 21, Question and Answer 55).
 
The vision in this song is expressed in Our World Belongs to God, paragraph 41: the Spirit calls all members “…to embrace God’s mission in their neighborhood and in the world…this mission is central to our being.”
 
When we sing that we are to be God’s voice, hands and face, the Belhar Confession, Section 4 is a reminder that God has “revealed himself as the one who wishes to bring about justice and true peace among people.”
 
Our Song of Hope, stanza 16 testifies that the Spirit “…sends [the church] out in ministry to preach good news to the poor, righteousness to the nations, and peace among all people.”

Additional Prayers

Your Word, O Lord, commands us:
“In humility consider others better than yourselves.”
Jesus, our Savior and Lord, taught us what you command
when he dropped to his knees
to wash his followers’ smelly, dirty feet.
Focus our eyes to see others’ needs.
Ready our hands to bring them help.
Bend our wills—and our knees—to humbly serve.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
[The Worship Sourcebook]
— Worship Sourcebook Edition Two

May this symbolic act
not only teach us
but also form in us
a deeper desire
to follow Jesus,
to embody his love,
to practice his humility.
Lord Jesus, teach us what it means
to live as members of your body. Amen.
— Worship Sourcebook Edition Two

Tune Information

Name
SPIRIT-PRAYER
Key
B♭ Major
Meter
9.10.7.7

Recordings

Hymn Story/Background

Brian Wren (b. Romford, Essex, 1936) is English by birth, American by choice, Reformed by Tradition, Presbyterian by membership, United Methodist by marriage and Emeritus Professor of Worship, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia. He is a writer, preacher, worship leader and designer, and internationally published hymn-poet, with entries in most recent denominational hymnals in North America, Britain and Australia. Some of his hymn poems have been translated into Finnish, French, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish and Korean.

Brian holds undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Oxford University. He is a Minister of the United Reformed Church (UK). His publications include Education for Justice (1979), What Language Shall I Borrow? - God-Talk in Worship: A Male Response to Feminist Theology (1989- reissued 2009), Piece Together Praise - A Theological Journey: Poems and Collected Hymns Thematically Arranged (1996), Praying Twice: The Music and Words of Congregational Song (2000), Advent, Christmas and Epiphany: Liturgies and Prayers for Public Worship (2008), Hymns for Today (2009) and seven hymn collections totaling 250 hymns, the most recent being Love's Open Door (2009). He is a Fellow of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. Most of his hymns are published through Hope Publishing Company (USA) and Stainer & Bell (UK) 
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Composer Information

Larry E. Schultz (b. 1965) is the Minister of Music for Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, Raleigh, North Carolina, and is a productive composer and hymn writer.
 
His educational background includes the Bachelor of Music Degree in Theory and Composition from Oklahoma Baptist University (1986) and the Master of Church Music Degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1989).
 
His published compositions include sacred and secular choral anthems for children, youth and adults, two children’s musicals, a church music resource for preschool and younger elementary children, hymns, and a variety of other church vocal and instrumental music.
 
In 2003, his hymn, Where Ocean Meets the Rocky Coast, was declared winner of a hymn search celebrating the 275th Anniversary Year of First Congregational Church, Scarborough, Maine. His communion hymn, Come and Feast for All Are Welcomed, was declared winner of the 2004 Communion Hymn Search sponsored by Orange United Methodist Church, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. His anthem, Song for the Generations, won the children’s division of the Fellowship of Baptist Pastoral Musicians 2009 anthem competition.
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