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We Long for Change

by Jann Aldredge-Clanton

Luke 4:18; Acts 2:17-18

We long for change, the weary church renewing;
we long for taking down of every wall,
for open hearts and minds to fullest viewing
the sacred worth and dignity of all.

We long for church to give inclusive blessing,
affirming every gender, every race,
for church with open doors, no one oppressing;
we long for freely flowing love and grace.

We work for change, the worldwide church reforming,
the Good News bringing, setting captives free;
we work for change, our words and deeds transforming,
so everyone can be all we can be.


O Brother-Sister Spirit, give us power
to join with you to change the church today,
to bring new freedom for all gifts to flower,
to show to all the world your just and peaceful way.

© 2013 Jann Aldredge-Clanton                                    

LONDONDERRY AIR with refrain

From the hymnal Earth Transformed with Music! Inclusive Songs for Worship (Eakin Press, 2015), which you can order through or through Jann Aldredge-Clanton's website.

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