Though it may seem dark,

though it may feel cold,

though death and evil may parade their influence

wherever we may look,

Beneath it all,

invincible and undefeated,

subversive and undeniable,

glows life.

And wherever people clothe themselves

in truth, faith, peace, justice and salvation,

wherever people live by the words of Christ,

life stands in defiance of death.

And so we praise you, God

and we celebrate your life;

As we surround ourselves again today

with all the qualities and gifts that you give

to save us from the darkness.