1 Give thanks to God, who runs to meet us here
with open arms that hold all peoples past,
whose Son, the Christ, has brought God’s Kingdom near,
in whom we find ourselves made free at last.

2 Give thanks for prophets, saints and faithful friends
whose memory, hope and love keep faith alive,
who lend us strength when we are weak or scorned,
and show God’s promises are true and kind.

3 Give thanks for God’s great covenant of old,
that all will be set free, and none be slaves;
that we shall live to praise and not to fear,
to worship now, and sing beyond the grave.

4 Give thanks for those who dare to lead the way,
whose faithful living shows us how to live,
who challenge sin and call us to return
to God, who just and faithful will forgive.

5 Give thanks to God whose love is tenderness
to those near death, in pain, or ill at ease.
God’s light will shine in Christ, our Morning Star,
and guide our feet into the way of peace.

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