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Song for the Day: All Are Welcome by Marty Haugen

This hymn is one that I find so very moving and meaningful to me. I think the reason it is so is because it is my hope and prayer lifted in song. For the past 31 years, this has been my hope – that we might provide a place of worship where all are welcome. For me it is a prayer and a hope.

Here is a link to a recording of the hymn. The verses are printed below.

1 Let us build a house where love can dwell

and all can safely live,

a place where saints and children tell

how hearts learn to forgive.

Built of hopes and dreams and visions,

rock of faith and vault of grace;

here the love of Christ shall end divisions:


All are welcome, all are welcome,

all are welcome in this place.

2 Let us build a house where prophets speak,

and words are strong and true,

where all God's children dare to seek

to dream God's reign anew.

Here the cross shall stand as witness

and as symbol of God's grace;

here as one we claim the faith of Jesus: Refrain

3 Let us build a house where love is found

in water, wine and wheat:

a banquet hall on holy ground

where peace and justice meet.

Here the love of God, through Jesus,

is revealed in time and space;

as we share in Christ the feast that frees us: Refrain

4 Let us build a house where hands will reach

beyond the wood and stone

to heal and strengthen, serve and teach,

and live the Word they've known.

Here the outcast and the stranger

bear the image of God's face;

let us bring an end to fear and danger: Refrain

5 Let us build a house where all are named,

their songs and visions heard

and loved and treasured, taught and claimed

as words within the Word.

Built of tears and cries and laughter,

prayers of faith and songs of grace,

let this house proclaim from floor to rafter: Refrain

Let us pray: O Master Builder, may we, your living stones, create a place where all are welcome, so that all may come to hear, be fed and believe. We pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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