Hallelujah, Benediction Song

This Sunday I will complete a series of sermons where I have been examining some of the strange and wonderful things that Jesus taught about God. I'm not sure how many have noticed this, but as a part of this series I have been writing a benediction for each service to be sung by the congregation. Each benediction has gone with the radical teaching of Jesus (or his disciples) that we have been talking about.

All of these have been sung to the tune of Sinclair's Hallelujah (#294 in the Presbyterian Book of Praise).

Here is a YouTube video of the music (though we sang it much faster than that!): Sinclair's Hallelujah

As the series now comes to an end, I would like to present all of the verses that I have written. I keep singing them, I hope you might too:

1. God is Spirit so we worship
God in spirit and in truth.
Holy places are wherever
God our wounded hearts does soothe.

2. God is Father, Son and Spirit,
Three in one and one in three,
Like a dance that spins forever
Throughout all eternity.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah,
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah,    

3. God is calling us to mission:
“Clothe the naked, Feed the starving.
Then your healing times are coming
And your darkness is dispersing.”

4. God’s not watching from a distance
 God is present, here belonging.
 When we pray we know God hears us
 And joins in our deepest longing.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah,
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah,    

5. God’s committed to the outcasts,
The forgotten and the poorest,
To a kingdom where the lowest
Exchange places with the greatest.

6. God is Abba, like a Father
Who will all his family nourish,
Giving to each one according
To their needs that they may flourish.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah,
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah,    



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