Our God, Creation's Loving Source

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1 Our God, Creation's loving source,
in love, for love has placed us here
that God's own image, which we bear,
through human loving may shine clear.

2 As God is One in Trinity,
our being, body, mind and soul --
is meant for unity and peace,
a sound and joyful living whole.

3 Desire and tenderness and joy
are holy gifts, and ours to share
in love that's giving, faithful, kind,
and grows in mutual love and care.

4 Within Christ's body may we find
our best and truest selves revealed,
called forth, supported by its love
to live at peace, made whole and healed.

5 Praise God, all living souls on earth
with strings and trumpets, dance, and song!
God's all-surrounding love will be
both home and way our whole life long!

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Author: Joy F. Patterson

Joy Patterson (b. 1931) was born in Lansing, Michigan, and raised in LaGrange, Illinois. She holds a B.A. in French Studies and an M.A. in French Literature, both from the University of Wisconsin. A Fulbright scholar, she has taught French at the college level and worked for the Social Security Administration. She writes both texts and tunes, and her concerns as a hymn writer are for the unity and inclusiveness of the church, peace, justice, and the stewardship of the earth. A resident of Wausau, Wisconsin, she is an elder of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and has been active on the local, presbytery, and national levels. http://www.selahpub.com/SelahPeople/Patterson.html Go to person page >

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First Line: Our God, Creation's loving source
Title: Our God, Creation's Loving Source
Author: Joy F. Patterson (1993)
Publication Date: 1996
Copyright: © 1994 Hope Publishing Company



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