Dream of the Church: A Psalm of Gender from Andrew Leigh on Vimeo.
My name is Andrew, though I was given the name Amanda. I am 22 years old and a recent convert to the Episcopal Church living in Kansas.
Great is the Lord in all creation
Let us rejoice in the beauty of the world
In the beginning God formed light
Commanding its beam to shape night and day
Praise the Lord for the beginning
Praise God for the continuing work
Each morning a majestic tapestry is made
The Lord weaves rich colors to greet the day
In the night God again displays perfection
Wrapping the world in a glorious mural
This beauty is the same with God's people
Those the Lord set apart at creation
Humankind was formed in God's image
Male and female together they were made
Yet as with the light there is more to see
Humankind is not limited to these
Children are blessed with different forms
Displaying the colors and shapes of God's design
So many are they we lack words to describe them
Intersex, gynandromorph, cis, trans, black & white are but feeble attempts
Each reflects the majesty of the Lord
Proclaiming the glory of God's creation in their existence
Lord, save us from those who are yet blind
Who proclaim your love, while cursing your children
For in you male and female are no more
We are all one body, children of the Lord
Open the eyes of your church Lord
Grant us vision to see the beauty in all you have made
Let hate and fear belong to a past age
As man, woman, trans, cis and all others we come together in your name
Sing of the Lord's glory all you people!
Praise God for all of creation!
Context Note: This psalm and video were written for the Dreams of the Church project that was
a part of the 2012 General Convention of the Episcopal Church.
Copyright © Ari Leigh 2019