For Everyone Born, a Place at the Table

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

Lyrics as Poetry

For everyone born, a place at the table,
for everyone born, clean water and bread,
a shelter, a space, a safe place for growing,
for everyone born, a star overhead,

and God will delight when we are creators
of justice and joy, compassion and peace:
yes, God will delight when we are creators
of justice, justice and joy!


For woman and man, a place at the table,
revising the roles, deciding the share,
with wisdom and grace, dividing the power,
for woman and man, a system that’s fair,

and God will delight when we are creators
of justice and joy, compassion and peace:
yes, God will delight when we are creators
of justice, justice and joy!


For young and for old, a place at the table,
a voice to be heard, a part in the song,
the hands of a child in hands that are wrinkled,
for young and for old, the right to belong,

and God will delight when we are creators
of justice and joy, compassion and peace:
yes, God will delight when we are creators
of justice, justice and joy!


For just and unjust, a place at the table,
abuser, abused, with need to forgive,
in anger, in hurt, a mindset of mercy,
for just and unjust, a new way to live,

and God will delight when we are creators
of justice and joy, compassion and peace:
yes, God will delight when we are creators
of justice, justice and joy!


For everyone born, a place at the table,
to live without fear, and simply to be,
to work, to speak out, to witness and worship,
for everyone born, the right to be free,

and God will delight when we are creators
of justice and joy, compassion and peace:
yes, God will delight when we are creators
of justice, justice and joy!


For gay and for straight, a place at the table,
a covenant shared, a welcoming space,
a rainbow of race and gender and colour,
for gay and for straight, the chalice of grace,

and God will delight when we are creators
of justice and joy, compassion and peace:
yes, God will delight when we are creators
of justice, justice and joy!


Words by
Shirley Erena MurrayCopyright © 1998 by Hope Publishing Company
Carol Stream, Illinois • USA

Audio Sample: Piano

One verse and refrain played by Ron Klusmeier

Scripture References

  • 2 Samuel 9:7
  • Micah 6:8
  • Luke 13:29
  • Luke 14:15-24
  • Acts 2:17-18

Season, Theme
or Subject

  • Acceptance
  • Affirming
  • Bread
  • Children
  • Co-creators
  • Community
  • Compassion
  • Diversity
  • Equality
  • Forgiveness
  • Free, Freedom
  • Grace
  • Justice, Human Rights
  • Liberation
  • Love
  • Mercy
  • Peace
  • Shelter
  • Table
  • Unity
  • Water∶ water in nature
  • Welcome
  • Wisdom

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