Give us grace in our changing day Lord
to stand by the temple that is the present church. The noisome temple
the sometime scandalised temple
that is the present church,
listening sometime to what again seems mumbo jumbo.
Make it our custom to go
till the outline of Your Body for our day becomes visible in our midst.
In the temple you healed, Lord Christ: despite the noise and scandal, You healed. And we are Your body even today.
You have no hands but our hands
no feet but our feet
ours are the eyes with which you look out compassionate on the world.
You have ordained that You just don’t come except through us.
Give us faith in great healings
despite the noise and scandal of our modern dimness.
Your grace and power are such none can ever ask too much. Heal again, even through us, for so You have ordained:
till the new outline of Your body becomes visible in our midst.