Within the Reign of God (Haugen)

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Within the Reign of God. Text and tune by Marty Haugen. (c) 1999, GIA Publications, Inc.

1. Come now, the feast is spread; in Jesus' name we break the bread.
Here shall we all be fed within the reign of God.
Come, take this holy food; receive the body and the blood.
Grace is a mighty flood within the reign of God.

REFRAIN
Blessed are they who will feast in the reign of God.
Blessed are they who will share the bread of life.
Blessed are they who are least in the reign of God;
they shall rejoice at the feast of life.

2. Stand up and do not fear, for Christ is truly present here,
Heaven is truly near within the reign of God.
Now at the wedding feast, the greatest here shall be the least.
All bonds shall be released within the reign of God.

3. Welcome the weak and poor, the sinner finds an open door,
none judged, and none ignored within the reign of God.
Here shall the weary rest, the stranger be a welcome guest.
So shall we all be blest within the reign of God.

4. All fear and hatred ends and foes become our faithful friends,
just as our God intends within the reign of God.
All you who seek God's face are welcome in this holy place;
join in the feast of grace within the reign of God.

5. Sing out the jubilee when those enslaved are all set free,
children of God are we within the reign of God.
No more can we forget the ones who bear life's crushing debt;
God's justice guides us yet within the reign of God.

6. One earth, one holy band, one fam'ly as our God has planned,
all share the promised land within the reign of God.
Come now, the feast is spread, in Jesus' name we break the bread;
here shall we all be fed within the reign of God.