President Harrison's "Emphasis for the Church" is summed up in three terms, "Witness, Mercy, Life Together" (Martyria, Diakonia, Koinonia are the related Greek terms). The President's Office has set up a blog, wmlt.org, to carry forward the theme of "Witness, Mercy, Life Together: In Christ, for the Church and the World."
I'm going to be referring to this threefold emphasis in my preaching over the coming weeks, as I start a sermon series on the Book of Acts. So I thought it would be good to have a hymn to accompany the series. I'm aware that there are already a couple of hymns that fit the emphasis, "God's Redeemed, Beloved and Holy" (by Pr. Stephen Starke) and "Witness, Mercy, Life Together" (by Pr. Alan Kornacki). But I thought I'd try my hand at writing one myself. The result is below.
If anybody wants to use this hymn, I've got it on a half-sheet insert (front and back), and I could send you the file attachment upon request. My e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Witness, Mercy, Life Together
Witness, Mercy, Life Together,
Christ came down and dwelt among us,
Witness bearing, Martyria,
Mercy works, Diakonia,
Life Together, Koinonia,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
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Text: © 2011 Charles Henrickson