From the Methodist Hymnal, this song feels Celtic, depicting an outdoor gathering along crashing waves. Includes multiple instruments. Song builds to a full throttle.
Gather Us In
Music and Lyrics by Marty Haugen
Here in this place new light is streaming
Now is the darkness vanished away
See in this space our fears and our dreamings
Brought here to You in the light of this day.
Gather us in — the lost and forsaken
Gather us in — the blind and the lame
Call to us now, and we shall awaken
We shall arise at the sound of our name.
We are the young – our lives are a mystery
We are the old – who yearn for Your face
We have been sung throughout all of history
Called to be light to the whole human race.
Gather us in – the rich and the haughty
Gather us in – the proud and the strong
Give us a heart, so meek and so lowly
Give us the courage to enter the song.
Here we will take the wine and the water
Here we will take the bread of new birth
Here You shall call Your sons and Your daughters
Call us anew to be salt for the earth.
Give us to drink the wine of compassion
Give us to eat the bread that is You
Nourish us well, and teach us to fashion
Lives that are holy and hearts that are true.
Not in the dark of buildings confining
Not in some heaven, light years away
But here in this place the new light is shining
Now is the Kingdom, now is the day.
Gather us in and hold us forever
Gather us in and make us Your own
Gather us in – all peoples together
Fire of love in our flesh and our bone.