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,
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.