Cross-posted from Fulcrum

The Church and the Nations

God the Father forms his people,
from out of the nations to bless the nations;

Jesus the Christ saves his people,
from out of the nations to bless the nations;

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The Holy Spirit draws his people,
from out of the nations to bless the nations.

• • •

Abraham called,
from out of the nations, the people are blessed;

Moses leads,
from out of a nation, a people oppressed;

David fights,
against the nations, the people assured;

Isaiah speaks,
to lighten the nations, the people restored.

Jesus dies,
betrayed by the people, for the people;

Jesus dies,
pierced by the nations, for the nations.

Jesus raised,
the people remade, the nations reproached;

Paul proclaims,
the people reshaped, the nations rejoice;

John sees,
the people redeemed, regathered from every
tribe, tongue, people and nation.

• • •

Source of the Church,
Desire of the nations;

Head of the Church,
Judge of the nations;

Breath of the Church,
Light of the nations;

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
renew your Church to bless your nations.

About The Author

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Graham Kings (@GrahamRKings) is honorary assistant bishop and world mission adviser in the Diocese of Southwark.

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