Hymn at a time of ‘levelling up’ – A promise of heaven is fine if you’re dead

A promise of heaven is fine if you’re dead, 

but we’re in the present, need food and need bread,

the Christ that we ‘worship’ to whom we might pray,

would heal in the present, feed folk in his day.



And that still has meaning where poverty kills,

where selfishness injures – that’s not what God wills.

A levelling up, to which we might aspire,

says yes to the sacrifice God would require.



To follow the Christ child from manger to cross,

involves our self-giving not counting the loss,

to take from the poor while we bolster our wealth,

confirms our hypocrisy, signs our ill-health.



The world Jesus promised in action and word

made selfishness something both cruel and absurd;

to love every neighbour of each race and creed,

gave all of God’s grace to meet all the world’s need.


Andrew Pratt; 15/7/2021

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Metre:11.11.11.11



Hymn for the Day 13 – This is the newborn baby – FACE OF JESUS

I thought I knew most of Martin Leckebusch’s hymns, but this wonderful text is new to me. Set beautifully and sung by Sue Gilmurray https://hymnsocietygbi.org.uk/2021/07/this-is-the-newborn-baby-sue-gilmurray/?fbclid=IwAR1vDHgVTtWysEx5jE2e6nHBLSWfCax51buGNWN214eEtjFM2TfmPcRAXVc

Hymn of the Day 12 – How sweet the name of Jesus sounds

Rare access to the thoughts of the author, John Newton – https://hymnsocietygbi.org.uk/2021/07/how-sweet-the-name-of-jesus-sounds-marylynn-rouse/?fbclid=IwAR17zBVervF58cQeL819tFCsq5VifpW5xb6LtJeimkQl7FRlEnhubFzgIiM

God marks no ending, only new beginnings – a hymn for times of change/moves of Circuit…

1          God marks no ending, only new beginnings,
            until the consummation of our lives;
            God keeps no count of losses, nor of winnings:
            we move through grace, the holy spirit thrives.

2          So as we go beyond this time, this setting,
            rememb'ring all the laughter and the tears;
            we go with God in faith, so not regretting
            the moments shared, the hopes, the dreams, the fears.

3          Though parted for a while, we travel onward,
            not knowing what the future has in store.
            This phase will close, the spirit draws us forward,
            we've tasted love, but God has promised more!

Andrew E. Pratt (born 1948) Words © 2006 Stainer & Bell Ltd, London, England copyright@stainer.co.uk . Please include any reproduction for local church use on your CCL Licence returns. All wider and any commercial use requires prior application to Stainer & Bell Ltd.
Metre: 11 10 11 10
Tune; LORD OF THE YEARS