Help Us Accept Each Other

A hymn on acceptance

Music by Ron Klusmeier
Words by Fred Kaan
Tune Name: CHUGIAK

Lyrics as Poetry

Help us accept each other
as Christ accepted us
teach us as sister, brother
each person to embrace.
Be present God, among us
and bring us to believe
we are ourselves accepted
and meant to love and live.Teach us, O God, your lessons,
as in our daily life
we struggle to be human
and search for hope and faith.
Teach us to care for people,
for all not just for some.
to love them as we find them
or as they may become.Let your acceptance change us,
so that we may be moved
in living situations
to do the truth in love;
to practice your acceptance
until we know by heart
the table of forgiveness
and laughter’s healing art.God, for today’s encounters
with all who are in need;
who hunger for acceptance
for righteousness and bread.
we need new eyes for seeing,
new hands for holding on
renew us with your Spirit;
and free us, make us one!

Words by
Fred KaanCopyright © 1975 by Hope Publishing Company
(Carol Stream, Illinois) for USA and CanadaCopyright © 1975 by Stainer & Bell Limited
(London, England) for all other territories

                                                    Audio Sample

One verse played on piano
(with a brief 2-bar intro)

NOTE: This song works equally well in a 'swing' idiom as played in this sample, or slower in a blues-style.

Scripture References

  • Matthew 18:21
  • John 3:21
  • Romans 15:7
  • Ephesians 4:15

Season, Theme
or Subject

  • Acceptance
  • Care, Caring
  • Challenge
  • Christian∶ journey
  • Community
  • Family
  • Forgiveness
  • Friend, Friendship
  • God∶ love of
  • Human Relationships
  • Inclusiveness
  • Intergenerational
  • Lent
  • Life∶ loving life
  • Love∶ God's
  • Love∶ human love
  • Relationships∶ relationships with others
  • Sorrow
  • Unity
  • World AIDS Day

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