3. Come, Praise God for Faithful People

Come, praise God for faithful people
long ago whose hearts were stirred
with a passion for the gospel
and a zeal to preach the Word.
Praise God that the church they founded
breathes with life and hope today,
offering us a faith that's grounded
in Christ's holy, loving way.

Sing God's praises for the vision
of the pure and good in heart
who embraced the church's mission
and rejoiced to do their part.
Praise God that their keen discerning
of the work that faith demands
wakes in us a heartfelt yearning
to obey what love commands.

Celebrate the shepherds caring
for the flock within their fold,
and with strangers, gladly sharing,
men and women, young and old.
Praise God that their joy in giving
of themselves, despite the cost,
heartens us for thankful living
and to bear another's cross.

Come, then lift your hearts and voices
in glad praise, for we belong
to a people that rejoices
in love's story and its song.
Praise God who sent Christ to save us,
and the faithful work begun.
Praise the gifts the Spirit gave us.
Praise our God, the Three in One.

Text Information
First Line: Come, praise God for faithful people
Title: Come, Praise God for Faithful People
Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn (2000)
Meter: 87.87 D
Scripture: Colossians 3:12-17
Topic: Church Anniversary: Ministry of the heart
Source: The Song Lingers On
Copyright: © 2003 Zimbel Press, www.zimbel.com
Tune Information
Name: WINCHESER NOW
Composer: John D. Horman (2000)
Meter: 87.87 D
Key: D Major
Source: The Song Lingers On
Copyright: Text and Music copyright ©2003 Zimbel Press, ww.zimbel.com