Today’s Word: ‘Build” … as in “Let us build a house” out of Marty’s music.
Marty Haugen is one of my musician heroes. Long ago he wrote a hymn entitled “All Are Welcome.” It’s the kind of hymn tune and lyric that stays right with you; it’s always lingering in the back of the mind. Out of nowhere last week, I found myself singing this tune out loud. Over and over again. Sometimes it’s just really good to dwell in the lyrics of a song like this and let the words sink in. Maybe make them a prayer.
“Let us build a house / where love can dwell / And all can safely live, / A place where saints and children tell / How hearts learn to forgive. / Built of hopes and dreams and visions, / Rock of faith and vault of grace; / Here the love of Christ shall end divisions, / All are welcome, All are welcome, All are welcome in this place.” “Let us build a house where prophets speak, / And words are strong and true, / Where all God’s children dare to seek / To dream God’s reign anew. / Here the cross shall stand as witness / And a symbol of God’s grace; / Here as one we claim the faith of Jesus: / All are welcome, All are welcome, All are welcome in this place.” “Let us build a house where love is found / In water, wine and wheat: / A banquet hall on holy ground, / Where peace and justice meet. / Here the love of God, through Jesus, / Is revealed in time and space; / As we share in Christ the feast that frees us: / All are welcome, All are welcome, All are welcome in this place.”
Amen. Let it be so. Thanks Marty…