Number: 358
Title: Help Us Accept Each Other
Composer: Doreen Potter, 1975
Author: Fred Kaan, 1975
Scripture: Matthew 18:21 John 3:21 Romans 15:7 Ephesians 4:15
Theme: Life in Christ

1.  Help us accept each other
    As Christ accepted us;
    Teach us as sister, brother, 
    Each person to embrace.
    Be present, Lord, among us
    And bring us to believe
    We are ourselves accepted
    And meant to love and live.

2.  Teach us, O Lord, Your lessons,
    As in our daily life
    We struggle to be human
    And search for hope and faith.
    Teach us to care for people,
    For all, not just for some,
    To love them as we find them
    Or as they may become.

3.  Let Your acceptance change us,
    So that we may be moved
    In living situations
    To do the truth in love;
    To practice Your acceptance
    Until we know by heart
    The table of forgiveness
    And laughter's healing art.

4.  Lord, for today's encounters
    With all who are in need,
    Who hunger for acceptance,
    For righteousness and bread,
    We need new eyes for seeing,
    New hands for holding on:
    Renew us with Your Spirit;
    Lord, free us, make us one!