|1||Here we stand to face the combat,
Grasp the shield and wield the sword,
Here we buckle on the armor
For the warfare of the Lord.
|2||Here the great “I do” in earnest
Rings in unison today;
Here we swear that we will follow
One Who leads us all the way.
|3||God, our Father, give the answer
To Thy faithful ones today;
Not without a blessing from Thee
Shall we dare to go away.
|4||Not with armor yet unproven
Shall we enter on the fight,
But the weapon of our warfare
Is the Spirit’s Sword of Might.
|5||Cleanse us ere we leave Thy temple,
Kindle in our heart the flame,
Quickening all the life we offer,
As we call upon Thy Name. Amen.