WORSHIP THE LORD (words by Fred Kaan)                    

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Worship the Lord!
Praise the Creator, the Spirit, the Son,
raising our hands
in devotion to God who is one!

Raising our hands as a sign of rejoicing,
and with our lips our togetherness voicing,
giving ourselves to a life of creativeness,
worship and work must be one.

Worship the Lord…

Praying and training that we be a blessing,
and by our handiwork daily confessing:
we are committed to serving humanity,
worship and work must be one.

Worship the Lord…

Called to be partners with God in creation,
looking to Christ for each day’s inspiration,
we must be ready for risk and for sacrifice,
worship and work must be one.

Worship the Lord…

Bringing the bread and the wine to the table,
asking that we may be led and enabled,
truly united to build new communities,
worship and work must be one.

Worship the Lord…

Now in response to the life you are giving,
help us, Creator, to offer our living,
seeking a just and a healing society,
worship and work must be one.

Worship the Lord…

Author / Composer Comments

• Author Fred Kaan, from his book The Only Earth We Know (Stainer & Bell / Hope Publishing Co., 1999, page 123): “This is a paraphrase of a Sinhalese (Sri Lankan) May Day Service Offering Hymn which I wrote for New Songs of Asian Cities, a small paperback hymnbook published in 1972 by the Urban and Industrial Mission Committee of the Christian Conference of Asia. Serving as a translator and text consultant to the Jakarta Editorial Meeting of this committee will remain in my memory as one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.”

RK: This is one of the most popular collaborations Fred and I have created. It has appeared in the hymnbooks, supplements and collections of many denominations.

The themes of co-creation, justice and healing which run as threads through the verses are rich. We acknowledge, however, that the phrase “Worship the Lord” is problematic for some. For this reason, we suggest “Lift up our hearts” as a possible alternative to the first line of the refrain.

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