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New Hymn: We come with empty hands

We come with empty hands, intent on sharing
our needs, our wealth – but more: all that we are.
We meet as partners for each other caring,
at one with people lacking voice or power.

We come to learn the courage of creating
a world of justice, hope and human worth,
to practice skills and secrets of translating
our words of faith into the life of earth.

We would be true in sharing our resources,
in freedom eager to receive and give,
be open to the Spirit’s gifts and forces,
be broken for the world in which we live.

Then widen, God, our vision and vocation,
our joy in what in Christ you showed and gave;
as still you share your Self with all creation,
help us respond with all we are and have.

~ written by Fred Kaan. Words © 1989 Hope Publishing Company. Reprinted by permission. If you use this contemporary hymn in worship, be sure to report it on your CCLI or OneLicense copyright license.

Tune suggestions:
SANDRINGHAM (“O perfect love, all human thought transcending”)
EL ESCORIAL (on Hope Publishing’s Online Hymnody website.)

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