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Did Your Parents Pray at Table? (preview)

Biblical Reference: Matthew 3:1-12
Tune: Wyeth’s Repository of Sacred Music, 1813
NETTLETON 8.7.8.7.D (“Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”)

Did your parents pray at table? Did your aunt serve Jesus well?
Did your grandpa preach the gospel? Is your grandma serving still?
This is not your folks’ religion! God is calling you, yourself!
You must make your own decision— take your own faith off the shelf.

What’s the fruit of your repentance? Are you willing to be changed?
Has the gospel made a difference? Is your life now rearranged?
Have you changed more than a smidgen— till the world now thinks you’re odd?
Does your day-to-day religion show the peaceful reign of God?

Do you trust in God’s abundance— not in hatred, pride and fear?
Is the love of Christ your compass as you welcome strangers here?
Do you work to end the violence, and to share and share some more?
Are you humble, peaceful, present to the outcast and the poor?

God, we point to those before us who have witnessed to your Way,
But you come to us and ask us, “How have you served me today?”
Make us faithful, bold and giving; may our love and joy abound.
In the work of daily living, may we turn our lives around.

Text: Copyright © 2016 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.

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