CELEBRATION EVERYWHERE, ANY TIME (words by Fred Kaan)
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Christ is crucified today, Christmas is tomorrow.
Lent will fall in summertime, Easter is to follow.
Christ is here and everywhere, one with all his people,
but we mark his whereabouts with our Sunday steeples.
Christ is Lord, we fence him out from routine and Monday;
tie him down to holiness, feasting, fasting, Sunday.
Lord forgive our formal ways and our special seasons;
free us from the faith that stills, stifles or imprisons.
Make us whole and bind in one reason and emotion,
let our life-style manifest day-to-day devotion.
Give us grace to seize and use every situation,
any time for worship, love, blessing, celebration!
Words Copyright © 1975 by Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL (www.hopepublishing.com) for the USA and Canada; and Stainer & Bell Limited, London, England, (www.stainer.co.uk) for all other territories.
Author / Composer Comments
• Author Fred Kaan, from his book The Only Earth We Know (Stainer & Bell / Hope Publishing Co., 1999, page 20): “[This hymn text was] written for a Monday-morning staff worship service at the Geneva Ecumenical Centre, at the beginning of Lent 1973. While not wanting to disregard the ‘special seasons’ in the church’s calendar, we also felt that there was a danger in over-emphasizing them.”Back to top