At InterGenerate 2019, we closed our event singing together a beautiful hymn honoring the gifts of the generations in our midst. The lyrics, including information on using this hymn in your own setting, is available here - please do not use without permission:
God of Generations
NICAEA 126.96.36.199 ("Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!")
God of generations, we are all your children;
To your church we bring our gifts, our worship and our song.
Young and old we follow, hand in hand together:
In your great love, together we are strong.
Christ, you welcomed children, called us to be like them,
And received a boy's small gift to feed a hungry crowd.
In our church's children, may we see you working:
More than "our future"! They are faithful now.
Spirit, freely moving, giving youth a vision,
By your grace young Jeremiah heard your loving call;
Mary was a young one when she learned her mission:
Through faithful youth, you offer truth to all.
God of men and women, Helper on our journey,
You have called us in our faith to grow and to mature.
May we keep on learning, worshiping and praying,
That each new day, we'll serve you all the more.
Abraham and Sarah trusted in your promise:
Age was no condition when you gave them work to do.
Old and young we follow, hand in hand together;
At every age, Lord, we belong to you.
Biblical References: Mark 10:14; Matthew 18:3; John 6:9; Acts 2:17; Jeremiah 1:6; Luke 1:27; Genesis 17:17
Tune: John Bacchus Dykes, 1861 ("Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!") (MIDI)
Text: Copyright © 1998 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.
Copied from Gifts of Love: New Hymns for Today's Worship by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Geneva Press, 2000).
Email: email@example.com New Hymns: www.carolynshymns.com/
Hymn Use Permission: Gifts of Love: New Hymns for Today's Worship by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Geneva Press, 2000) includes a permission note for those who own this book to use this hymn (along with the 44 other new hymns in the book) in their local church's worship services. People who do not own Gifts of Love are asked to contact Carolyn (firstname.lastname@example.org) for permission to use the hymn and to get a copy of the hymn formatted for worship bulletin use.