UPDATE! Speaking of extremely poor hymns for Mass such as the one below, Kathleen Pluth of the Chant Cafe has an excellent article on traditional and not so traditional hymns that are quite excellent for the celebration of the Mass. You can read her article at the Adoremus Bulletin by pressing here!
I've never heard this song sung at Mass; In fact I don't think I've ever heard it. I like the traditional melody but don't care for it set to instrumentation apart from organ for church use.
But the words! Egads! It is the horizontal, all about us, triumphant congregationalism that really grates the soul! There is very little about God in this song, its all about us doing this, that and the other and making Utopia here on earth by our own efforts. I think there is a name for this heresy, in terms of we doing for ourselves what only God can do for us and by His love and grace. It is what He and the Church give to us that make us who we are, not through our own pitiful efforts.
There are only two references to the Deity, "Summoned by God and Gathered in the name of Jesus" which are declarative sentences. This hymn's words ask nothing of Jesus but glorify us and all that we are worth.
Could you imagine singing this immediately after "Lord, I am not worthy" and said three times? Would there be a disconnect between what the Liturgy actually gives us and what this song says. It's theology is upside down and should never be sung at Mass. I don't think it should even be sung at a popular devotion extolling the qualities of mankind, I mean, humankind.
Sing a New Church (sung to “Nettleton,” the melody for “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”)
~Delores Dufner, OSB
Summoned by the God who made us
rich in our diversity
Gathered in the name of Jesus,
richer still in unity.
Refrain: Let us bring the gifts that differ
and, in splendid, varied ways,
sing a new church into being,
one in faith and love and praise.
Radiant risen from the water,
robed in holiness and light,
male and female in God’s image,
male and female, God’s delight.
Trust the goodness of creation;
trust the Spirit strong within.
Dare to dream the vision promised,
sprung from seed of what has been.
Bring the hopes of every nation;
bring the art of every race.
Weave a song of peace and justice;
let it sound through time and space.
Draw together at one table,
all the human family;
shape a circle ever wider
and a people ever free
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