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This coming Sunday, to accompany the Revised Common Lectionary epistle reading from Ephesians 2:11-22, I am using a hymn text I wrote six years ago. I’m posting it here early in the week in case any of my colleagues in ministry wish to use it in worship too. It is sung to the tune “BEACH SPRING,” found in The United Methodist Hymnal and other worship songbooks.

Christ is firstborn of creation, image of the God of grace.
In Christ all things are created, and the pain of death erased.
Christ before things seen and unseen; In him God is pleased to dwell.
Christ has first place within everything; In him God does all things well.

Christ across the farthest ocean, and in neighbors near at hand.
Christ upon the highest mountain, and in valleys ‘cross the land.
Neither death nor life can keep us separated from God’s love
that is ours within Christ Jesus, Lamb of God who reigns above.

We the church are called his Body, of which Christ our Lord is head.
We, with hands and feet made holy, feed the poor with Christ’s own bread.
God in Christ is reconciling, making peace upon the cross.
Alleluia! Praise the Mystery! In Christ hope is never lost.

Words: Mark Lloyd Richardson, (c) 2006 (Col. 1:15-20, Romans 8:38-39)
Photo: Dallis Day Richardson (c) 2012 (Redlands University Chapel)