As the Commonwealth Games begin, a hymn for reflection

The Commonwealth was built more on the spread of the British Empire than sharing all things in common – wealth was not common but often taken by the rich from the poor. The Games, however, ideally, offer the opportunity for us to come together, hopefully, in a more equal way even if we still need to heal the hurt of colonialism.

1 A commonwealth of love
where all are held by grace,
it seems idyllic on the page,
could it infect this place?
Within that upper room
were people just like us,
but meeting Christ in faith and love
transformed their depth of trust.

2 And when we meet with God
we cannot but be changed,
for God confronts our doubt and fear
as lives are rearranged.
This day the change begins,
the vision is fulfilled,
and life will never be the same
where love can be distilled.

3 So let us grasp this hope
that set the world alight,
that love can never be destroyed
and fear is put to flight.
A commonwealth of love:
let’s risk a seed of grace
to bring this vision into life
within each time and place.

Andrew E Pratt

Words © 2012 © 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: DSM Tune: FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH

INVESTING IN A MONOLITH – a hymn of an alternative future – BEYOND COVID-19 – A DREAM?

1	Investing in a monolith
	that reaches to the sky
	can blind us to our neighbour’s loss,
	we’re deaf to hear their cry.
	The infrastructure that we crave,
	carves scars across the land,
	where food and beauty once was found,
	but can no longer stand.

2	The monuments we build to power
	that sap a nation’s wealth,
	will crumble as they leech the poor,
	yet wreck our moral health.
	When will we learn a quiet way,
	not strident in its speech,
	of love for neighbour, knowing peace
	is not beyond our reach?

3	When will we till this common ground
	we share through human birth,
	that all its riches, love and joy,
	may show our common worth;
	each one a child, a neighbour, friend,
	a partner in this life?
	Then let us share in Christ-like love,
	and harbour no more strife.

Andrew Pratt (born 1948)
Words © 2018 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:CMD
Tune: ELLACOMBE