test everything

We do not belong to the night
nor shall we fear it
Quench not this Spirit-fire,
test it all:
book and sermon
feeling, message, proclamation
Hold it up to the light of truth
that maketh all things new

Be not afraid to wrestle, push
Live the questions
The will of God may not be plain
(or same) for you and me

Creation groans, and Spirit births freedom;
paths unique as hearts who hear her voice

The One who calls is faithful and he'll do it:
equip us to be joyful always, prayerful,
to lift hearts brimful with thanks
This is God's good and pleasing, perfect will

In light of God's great mercy, friends,
we offer our own bodies on the altar of our lives,
the worship of each breath sanctified

Let us be not conformed to any but Christ
His truth has set us free like birds to flight
Transformed, may thinking spark 
renewal, our minds first

We who are many are one
Gifted and graced, we belong
to one another in love sincere. 
Repentance springs from kindness most of all

Rejecting evil, we cling fast to all that's good
Honoring each other, we press on
to practice hospitality,
to bless and not to curse
We are not overcome by evil
but overcome evil with good

Children of the Light,
love the day and Dayspring
and each one as ourselves:
beloved, transforming, and renewed

like the dawn of something better

{1 Thessalonians 5, Romans 12}
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