PILGRIMS (words by Walter Farquharson)                                         

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As pilgrims we are walking,
walking to a promised day;
we struggle with our baggage,
with temptation’s call to stay.
We find the journey tiring
and confusing in demand;
we long for safer travel,
charts and maps of promised land.

As pilgrims we are talking,
talking with our family here;
we struggle with our language,
and the changes that we fear.
We find the journey frees us
from the strictures of the past;
we seek new understandings
and community to last.

As pilgrims we are feeding,
feeding on the bread God gives;
our journey is an answer
to the good news that Christ lives.
Our service to each other
is the gift that makes us free;
our struggling for God’s promise
determines what we’ll be.

As pilgrims we are singing,
singing praises on the way;
from worship comes direction
and the shape of each new day.
God’s earth made new is promised,
with justice flowing strong;
there’s courage for our walking
and for overthrowing wrong.

As pilgrims we are seeking,
seeking grace from you our God;
we need to know your presence,
guide us with Christ’s shepherd rod.
Give us strength to serve you truly
as we move from place to place;
let us journey on as pilgrims
while relying on your grace.

Author / Composer Comments

The text for PILGRIMS was written to be a theme hymn for the 1979 Annual Meeting of The Saskatchewan Conference of The United Church of Canada. The theme of that conference was “Pilgrimage in the Spirit”. The words reflect themes of change, service, justice, freedom, renewal and faith journey.

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