Advent 2 – John the Baptist – a Hymn based on Matthew 3 vs 1-12

3:5 Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan,
3:6 and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

1	Searching, seeking, people clamoured,
	heard the noise and saw the crowd. 
	Saw the baptist by the river, 
	calling clear and calling loud. 
	First attracted, then confounded, 
	John would challenge all they knew. 
	Those who listened sensed a crisis, 
	change would question what they do.
	
2	This would be a time of turning, 
	spinning churning, whirling round. 
	John would point to new beginnings, 
	to the God that he had found.
	No deceit would go unchallenged, 
	hypocrites were undermined, 
	each foundation here was shaken, 
	here the love of God defined.
	
3	Fruitful trees would flourish, nurtured, 
	barren branches be cut down. 
	Now our generation hears him, 
	now this God has come to town. 
	How will we respond through living, 
	change our ways, transform our lives? 
	One by one, as minds are turning,
	signs are here that love survives?

Andrew Pratt 
Words © 2010 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: 8 7 8 7
Tune: BETHANY (Smart)

What is hell, if not the anguish – Advent 2

What is hell, if not the anguish
heaped on those whom humankind
treat with hatred and derision,
harsh disdain that we’ve refined?

Images of fire and torture
stalk among us while we live,
not in some dark, distant future,
but in love we fail to give.

So the cry of disaffected,
disregarded human souls,
indicate the dereliction
chosen through our human polls.

We are architects of anguish
when we seek to put aside,
love of those God calls our neighbour,
those ignored that we deride.

Andrew Pratt 4/12/2019
Words © 2019 Stainer & Bell Ltd, London, England, http://www.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.

Matthew 3: 1-12
Psalm 88