LYRICS FOR CATHOLIC HYMNS

"He who sings well prays twice." (St. Augustine)

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A Touching Place

1. Christ's is the world in which we move.
Christ's are the folk we're summoned to love,
Christ's is the voice which calls us to care,
and Christ is the One who meets us here.

Refrain: To the lost Christ shows his face;
to the unloved He gives His embrace;
to those who cry in pain or disgrace,
Christ, makes, with His friends, a touching place.

2. Feel for the people we most avoid.
Strange or bereaved or never employed;
fear that their living is all in vain.

3. Feel for the parents who lost their child,
feel for the woman whom men have defiled.
Feel for the baby for whom there's no breast,
and feel for the weary who find no rest.

4. Feel for the lives by life confused.
Riddled with doubt, in loving abused;
Feel for the lonely heart, conscious of sin,
which longs to be pure but fears to begin.

The Summons

1. Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don't know and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown? Will you let my name be known,
will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?

2. Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name?
Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same?
Will you risk the hostile stare should your life attract or scare?
Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me?

3. Will you let the blinded see if I but call your name?
Will you set the prisoners free and never be the same?
Will you kiss the leper clean and do such as this unseen,
and admit to what I mean in you and you in me?

4. Will you love the "you" you hide if I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same?
Will you use the faith you've found to reshape the world around,
through my sight and touch and sound in you and you in me?

5. Lord your summons echoes true when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.
In Your company I'll go where Your love and footsteps show.
Thus I'll move and live and grow in you and you in me.

City of God

1. Awake from your slumber! Arise from your sleep!
A new day is dawning for all those who weep.
The people in darkness have seen a great light.
The Lord of our longing has conquered the night.

Refrain: Let us build the city of God.
May our tears be turned into dancing.
For the Lord our light and our love has turned the night into day.

2. We are sons of the morning; we are daughters of day.
The One who has loved us has brightened our way.
The Lord of all kindness has called us to be
a light for all people to set their hearts free.

3. God is light; in God there is no darkness.
Let us walk in the light. God's children one and all.
O comfort my people make gentle your words,
proclaim to my city the day of her birth.

4. O city of gladness now lift up your voice,
proclaim the good tidings that all may rejoice.

O Breathe on Me, O Breath of God

1. O breathe on me, O breath of God,
fill me with life anew that I may love
the things You love, and do what you would do.

2. O breathe on me, O breath of God,
until my heart is pure;
until my will is one with Yours,
to do and to endure.

3. O breathe on me, O breath of God,
my will to Yours incline,
until this selfish part of me
glows with Your fire divine.

4. O breathe on me, O breath of God,
so I shall never die,
but live with You the perfect life
for all eternity.

As a Fire is Meant for Burning

1. As a fire is meant for burning
with a bright and warming flame,
so the church is meant for mission,
giving glory to God's name.

Not to preach our creeds or customs,
but to build a bridge of care,
we join hands across the nations,
finding neighbors everywhere.

2. We are learners; we are teachers;
we are pilgrims on the way.
We are seekers; we are givers;
we are vessels made of clay.
By our gentle loving actions, we would show that Christ is light.
in a humble, listening spirit, we would live to God's delight.

3. As a green bud in the springtime is a sign of life renewed,
so may we be signs of oneness mid earth's peoples many hued.
As a rainbow lights the heavens when a storm is past and gone,
may our lives reflect the radiance of God's new and glorious dawn.

We Are Called

1. Come! Live in the light!
Shine with the joy and the love of the Lord!
We are called to be light for the Kingdom,
to live in the freedom of the city of God!

Refrain: We are called to act with justice,
we are called to love tenderly,
we are called to serve one another;
to walk humbly with God!

2. Come! Open your heart!
Show Your mercy to all those in fear!
We are called to be hope for the hopeless
so all hatred and blindness will be no more!
3. Sing! Sing a new song!
Sing of that great day when all will be one!
God will reign, and we'll walk with each other
as sisters and brothers united in love!

Here I am, Lord

1. I, the Lord of sea and sky,
I have heard my people cry.
All who dwell in dark and sin
My hand will save.
I who made the stars of night,
I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear my light to them?
Whom shall I send?
Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?
I have heard You calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if You lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart.

2. I, the Lord of snow and rain,
I have borne my people's pain.
I have wept for love of them.
They turn away.
I will break their hearts of stone,
Give them hearts for love alone.
I will speak my Word to them.
Whom shall I send?

3. I the Lord of wind and flame,
I will tend the poor and lame.
I will set a feast for them.
My hand will save.
Finest bread I will provide
Till their hearts be satisfied.
I will give my life to them.
Whom shall I send?
Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?
I have heard You calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if You lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart.

Let Us Be Bread

Let us be bread, blessed by the Lord,
broken and shared, life for the world.
Let us be wine, love freely poured.
Let us be one in the Lord.

1. I am the bread of life, broken for all.
Eat now and hunger no more.
One faith, one hope, one symbol of love
given to us in this one bread,
one cup. O let us be one in the Lord.

2. You are my friends if you keep my commands,
no longer servants but friends.

3. See how my people have nothing to eat.
Give them the bread that is you.

4. As God has loved me so I have loved you.
Go and live on in my love.

Spirit Blowing Through Creation

1. Spirit blowing through creation,
spirit burning in the sky,
let the hope of Your salvation fill our eyes;
God of splendor, God of glory,
You who light the stars above,
all the heavens tell the story
of Your love.

Refrain: Spirit renewing the earth,
renewing the hearts of all people;
burn in the weary souls, blow through the silent lips,
come now awake us, Spirit of God.

3. Love that sends the rivers dancing,
love that waters all that lives,
love that heals and holds and rouses and forgives.
You are food for all creatures,
You are hunger in the soul,
in Your hands the brokenhearted are made whole.

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You Are Near

1. Yahweh, I know you are near,
standing always at my side.
You guard me from the foe,
and you lead me in ways everlasting.
Lord, you have searched my heart,
and you know when I sit and when I stand.
Your hand is upon me protecting me from death,
keeping me from harm.

2. Where can I run from Your love?
If I climb to the heavens You are there;
If I fly to the sunrise or sail beyond the sea,
still I'd find You there.

3. You know my heart and its ways,
you who formed me before I was born
in the secret of darkness before I saw the sun
in my mother's womb.

4. Marvelous to me are Your works;
how profound are Your thoughts, my Lord.
Even if I could count them, they number as the stars,
You would still be there.

By the Waking of Our Hearts

By the waking of our hearts by the stirring of our souls may the spirit of God abide and bring us together in Christ.

1. Come O spirit from above
come from your celestial heights
come with Your blessed light so radiant bright.

2. Come O Savior of the poor,
come O source of gifts ensured
come with Your gentle hope,
so wondrous and pure.

3. In our labor, rest most sweet;
grateful coolness in the heat.
Console our restless lives,
by Your comfort, we seek.

4. Bend the stubborn heart and will,
melt the frozen, warm the chill.
Come guide our searching minds
toward Your promise fulfilled.

5. Grant us virtue's sure reward,
may Your gracious love be sent.
Come with Your peace and joy that shall never end.

I am the Vine

I am the vine, you are the branches. Remain in me you shall be fruitful. Love for the world, hope for the hopeless.

1. If you love, then you must root yourself in me;
for the branch will fail and die without the tree.

2. If you give, then you must give yourself to me;
for the well will soon run dry without the sea.

We Have Been Told

1. I am the vine, you are the branches,
and all who live in me will bear great fruit.

Refrain: We have been told, we've seen His face, and heard His voice
alive in our hearts; Live in my love with all your heart,
as the Father has loved me, so I have loved you.

2. You are my friends, if you keep my commands,
no longer slaves, I call you friends.

3. No greater love is there than this:
to lay down one's life, for a friend.


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