Thou, Whose Purpose is to Kindle

Thou, whose purpose is to kindle:
now ignite us with thy fire;
while the earth awaits thy burning,
with thy passion us inspire.
Overcome our sinful calmness,
rouse us with redemptive shame;
baptize with thy fiery Spirit,
crown our lives with tongues of flame.

Thou, who still a sword delivers
rather than a placid peace:
with thy sharpened Word disturb us,
from complacency release!
Save us now from satisfaction
when we privately are free,
yet are undisturbed in spirit
by our neighbor's misery.

Thou, who in thy holy Gospel
wills that we should truly live:
make us sense our share of failure,
our tranquility forgive.
Teach us courage as we struggle
in all liberating strife;
lift the smallness of our vision
by thine own abundant life.