Let us build a house where love can dwell (StF 409)

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Let us build a house where love can dwell 

Source: Singing the Faith: 409
Words: Marty Haugen
Music: “Two Oaks” by Marty Haugen
Metre: and refrain
Verses: 3

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The idea of house building is one that can be visualised in many ways in worship. If children are present, try providing a good quantity of large cardboard boxes so that they can build their own house.

Categories: and refrain, Haugen, Marty (auth), Haugen, Marty (comp), Life and Unity in the Church, Mission and Evangelism, Two Oaks.

3 Responses to Let us build a house where love can dwell (StF 409)

  1. So the slave returned and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and said to his slave, ‘Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’ Then the master said to the slave, ‘Go out into the roads and lanes, and compel people to come in, so that my house may be filled.

  2. Stve Clark says:

    I like this hymn, but I don’t like line 3 of verse 1: “a place where saints and children tell..” In the New Testament a saint is one who is set apart or consecrated to God. As someone who committed my life to Jesus at age 5, I object to the implication of this line that children can’t be saints!

    • Editor says:

      An interesting thought, Steve. I guess Haugen was perhaps thinking of saints as the older members of our congregations, who sometimes feel forgotten but who can provide inspiration for others, as can children. I think Haugen’s true intentions are clear from verse 3: “Let us build a house… where ALL GOd’s chldren dare to seek to dream God’s reign anew.”

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