You birth hope within us through our ancestors in faith
And in our heritage of the Holy Spirit.
Waters of baptism are thicker than blood,
And the gift of the Spirit’s breath opens life beyond our human limits.
We have inherited love beyond measure,
And we wait for the Second Coming of your Son.
Teach us once again that your tenderness reaches
Beyond any human power or national border or possession.
Show us that your love wins
Beyond our threats of war and violence,
Beyond our bullets and our hatred.
Help us sink deeply into faith
Our real identity that is your love where
The waters of peace and justice flow through us
And where we are washed clean.