God, we thank you for the churches
that are sanctuaries here —
that give safety, love, and refuge
to the ones who live in fear.
For our neighbors, God, are suffering,
and they’re yearning to be free;
we give thanks for all the places
that give hospitality.

Christ, we thank you for your welcome
that tears walls and borders down,
that gives hope to people fleeing,
that helps churches stand their ground.
For our neighbors, Lord, are asking,
and they’re wondering what we’ll do.
May our churches give them welcome,
and so find we welcome you.

By your Spirit give us courage;
by your Spirit, keep us strong.
May we focus on your mercy;
may we sing your justice song.
For our neighbors are your children,
so prepare us, God, to be
safe and welcome sanctuaries
in your New Community.

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Biblical References: Psalm 101:1; Micah 6:8; Matthew 2:1-15;; 25:31-46; Luke 10:25-37; Ephesians 2:14; Hebrews 13:2; 1 John 3:1
Tune: John Wyeth's Repository of Sacred Music, 1813
Text: Copyright © 2018 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.
Email: bcgillette@comcast.net New Hymns: www.carolynshymns.com

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette is the author of over 400 hymns that have been sung by thousands of congregations around the world, and are found in 20 books and thousands of web sites, including www.carolynshymns.com. Many of her hymns are published at Sojourners and are also found in Christian Century magazine, The New Yorker, National Public Radio, and PBS-TV. She and her husband Bruce are Presbyterian ministers who have served congregations in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York, and New Jersey. View the Sojourners video on Carolyn's hymns here.

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