Building on Faith

a hymn for Habitat for Humanity

Music by Ron Klusmeier
Words by Shirley Erena Murray
Tune Name: OTT

Lyrics as Poetry

Building on faith, new lives are possible,
building on trust, habitats grow,
here is a roof, housing a family,
here is the proof that we care —

we’ll build on faith, faith with a heart
feeling humanity’s need,
we’ll do our part, lifting the load,
joining the word to the deed.


Maybe we’re raw, God’s new apprentices,
maybe we’re skilled, ready to go,
all in a team, proud to be laborers,
raising the roof for our cause —

we’ll build on faith, faith with a heart
feeling humanity’s need,
we’ll do our part, lifting the load,
joining the word to the deed.


More than a base, more than a dwelling place,
more than a home, building will prove,
blessing us all, making a difference:
this is a labor of love —

we’ll build on faith, faith with a heart
feeling humanity’s need,
we’ll do our part, lifting the load,
joining the word to the deed.


Words by
Shirley Erena MurrayCopyright © 2001 by Hope Publishing Company
Carol Stream, Illinois • USA

Comments About Song

Comment by SHIRLEY ERENA MURRAY
from her book “Faith Makes the Song” (#4):

“An expression of my support for
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
which completed its 100th house
for needy families in New Zealand in 2001.”


Faith Makes the Song
is published by:Hope Publishing Company
Carol Stream, IL USA

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"BUILDING ON FAITH"
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Season, Theme
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  • Commitment, Dedication
  • Community
  • Faith
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Trust

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