“Onward Christian Soldiers” Rewrite

Text: Richard Bott, based on Sabine Baring-Gould’s “Onward, Christian Soldiers”
Music: ST. GERTRUDE Meter; 65.65D with refrain.

Onward, all Christ’s people, dancing on The Way,
with the flame of God’s love leading night and day.
Christ, our guide and shepherd, challenging all ills;
pro-claim-ing God’s peace and justice, ’till all warring stills.

Refrain:
Onward, all Christ’s people, dancing on The Way,
with the flame of God’s love leading night and day.

At the signs of new Life, evil’s ways must flee;
on then, all Christ’s people, forgiven and free!
Stand with all creation, challenging the wrong,
people, lift your voices, sing out loud and long! Refrain.

Like a mighty ocean moves the church of God;
people, we are dancing where the saints have trod.
We are not divided, all Christ’s body, we;
one in hope and mission, one as family! Refrain.

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