Kindred in Christ for His dear sake,
A hearty welcome here receive;
May we together now partake
The joys which only He can give.
May He, by whose kind care we meet
Send His good Spirit from above,
Make our communications sweet
And cause our hearts to burn with love.
Forgotten be each worldly theme,
When Christians meet together thus,
We only wish to speak of Him
Who lived, and died, and reigns for us.
We'll talk of all He did, and said,
And suffered for us here below,
The path He marked for us to tread
And what He's doing for us now.
Thus, as the moments pass away,
We'll love and wonder and adore
And hasten on that glorious day
When we shall meet to part no more.
--John Newton (1725-1807)