Great God we need your present grace, for honesty’s been shaken. We need integrity and truth, enliven and awaken a seam of trust, a sense of faith, while life is so uncertain, the future hidden from our sight, opaque behind a curtain.
God give a calm and steady hand, unshackled by ambition, to challenge hatred and distrust, yet not employ derision. Give us the time to act and learn, to unify this nation, a place where all might live as one in spite of rank or station.
Is it too much for us to build in gracious love and living, a place to care, not built on greed, but generous in giving, where children grow in peace with hope, as sister and as brother, that, hand in hand, within this world we’ll live with one another. Metre: 8787D iambic Tune: CONSTANCE (Sullivan)
We hear the news in anguish to know what has been done, the cameras and recordists show hatred being spun, the sound of rockets falling fill broadcasts round the earth, Great God, what are we doing while children come to birth?
Our aspirations shudder, our hopes become as dust, through war machines are broken, dismembered, turned to rust. Our conversations stutter, our talks of peace – hot air, Great God, may acts of justice grow from the seeds of prayer.
No place is ever neutral when hatred fuels the fire, humanity unites us, let love be our desire. Join hands across the barriers that other hands have made, until your world is mended and violence has been stayed.
A hymn that might be used to mark the Anniversary of the Queen’s Accession and Platinum Jubilee.
While some people question the concept of Monarchy, whatever our perspective, many have found Queen Elizabeth II to be a person who has engendered respect. These words are written in that light and from that perspective.
Once a woman heard a message, telling of her father’s death, spinning life round on a pinhead - causing her to catch her breath. From that day a life of service, putting others first of all, meant a change of her direction, yet she saw this as God’s call.
Celebrate her tour of duty, duty built on faith and love, ceaseless run since her Accession, life committed, hand in glove. Even though some question kingship, they would witness cov’nant grace, promise made, tasks undertaken, never knowing what she’d face.
So today, in celebration, we will stand to recognise, age and wisdom, dedication, pray that peace may be her prize; then, whatever our perspective, may we be forever bound in communion with our neighbours, finding grace on heaven’s ground.