St. Mary Church, Champaign IL   Hymns for February 7, 2021

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March 7, 2021

G 748     What is this Place

What is this place where we are meeting

Only a house, the earth its floor.

Walls and a roof  sheltering people

Windows for light, an open door.

Yet it becomes a body that lives when we are gathered here

And know our God is near.

Words from afar, stars that are falling

Sparks that are sown in us like seed

Names for our God, dreams, signs and wonders

Sent from the past are all we need.

We in this place remember and speak again what we have heard:

God’s free, redeeming word.

And we accept bread at his table

Broken and shared, a living sign.

Here in this world, dying and living

We are each other’s bread and wine.

This is the place where we can receive what we need to increase:

Our justice and God’s peace.

Psalm:  Gather 27  Lord you have the words of everlasting life

Presentation:   389  Return to God


Return to God with all your heart, the source of grace and mercy

Come seek the tender faithfulness of God.

Now the time of grace has come, the day of salvation:

Come and learn now the way of our God.

I will take your heart of stone and place a heart within you

A heart of compassion and love.

If you break the chains of oppresision, if you set the pris’ner free;

If you share your bread with the hungry, give protection to the lost

Give a shelter to the homeless, clothe the naked in your midst

Then your light shall break forth like the dawn.

Communion:  638  Eye Has Not Seen

Eyes has not seen, ear has not heard

What God has ready for those who love him.

Spirit of love, come, give us the mind of Jesus.

Teach us the wisdom of God.

When pain and sorrow weigh us down

Be near to us O lord

Forgive the weakness of our faith

And bear us up within your peaceful word.

Our lives are but a single breath, we flower and we fade.

Yet all our days are in your hands, so we return, in love what love has made.

TO those who see with eyes of faith, the Lord is ever near,

Reflected in the faces of all the poor and lowly of the world.

We sing a mystery from the past in halls where saints have trod,

Yet ever new the music rings to Jesus Living Song of God.

We remember how you loved us to your death

And still we celebrate, for you are with us here

And we believe that we will see you when  you come

In your glory Lord, we remember, we celebrate, we believe.

Here, a million wounded souls are yearning just to touch you and be healed.

Gather all your people and hold them to your heart.

Now we recreate your love, we bring the bread and wine to share a meal.

Sign of grace and mercy, the presence of the Lord.

Christ, the Father’s great “A-men,” to all the hopes and dreams of every heart.

Peace beyond all telling, and freedom from all fear.

See, the face of Christ revealed in every person standing by your side.

Gift to one another and temples of your love.