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Church

Raise the sails up high 

Turn the ship starboard

Unfurl the canvas art

 

Pull together

 

Take on passengers at every port

Straight ahead full

Space for all

Stars aligned

Kairos-time

 

Lead

On

 

Who told you

You were to stay

On land?

Every day the same

Your own self-set routine

Unaltered

No care for others

 

No. This is church:

On board ship

Teams together

All needs met

Moving

Ship-sign

Of

Life

To all

Now

And

To come

 

Sing together

Tunes of every age

Every language

Culture and land

Layered melody

Of the Christ-crew

 

Pull-together

 

Wine and bread

Way-bread

Abundant ration

Drink full

 

Pull-together

 

This is the life

You’re meant

To live

Learn to

Tie the knots

In ancient form

Trinity curve

And cruciform

 

Teach the way

To others

 

You were always

Meant to be part

Of the journey

The Story

Your home

And berth

Always meant to be here

Look here the golden plaque

Your name upon it

 

Change into clothes

Of belonging

Unique

And

Yours

 

Off with the

resolute self-righteousness

On with humility

grace

and

truth

You: The Redeemed

 

Every crew member

Known

And welcomed

Christ the captain

At the helm

 

Listen

And

Follow

 

Sail ahead: new

 

Pull together

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