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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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

Hymn of the Day – It was on a Friday morning – Sydney Carter – Andrew Pratt – The Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland

It was on a Friday morning Sydney Carter Commentary and recording by Andrew Pratt