You’ve told us you are,
and always have been,
that you made the earth,
then women and men;
Millennia you’re viewing
and sweepingly scan,
you know our departure,
and when we began,
You know how we live,
we know you are pure,
Oh, teach us to grieve,
and may we procure
your mercy and kindness
that we may rejoice
and serve you in wonder
with heart, head and voice.
Tune: 5555 6565 eg Houghton by H Gauntlett
The Bible begins with a perfect earth,
created in beauty with skill –
no illness, no strife and no famine, death,
with nothing to mar that good life until …
The end of the Bible reveals again
a perfect new heavens, new earth
when Jesus returns to judge everyone:
the pardoned gain life, not a living death.
We’re living between, with troubles to bear
because the Creator was spurned.
He’s calling to all to repent, come to share
in the future that Jesus has earned.
Tune: 10 8 10 10
How easily we drift
or take offence at those
we used to care for, growing rift
– it’s hard the gap to close.
Some may be many miles
apart or overseas,
but that’s not what has stilled the smiles
and hindered former ease.
Who was it then to blame?
Don’t really need to know.
Longings remain to see again
how they are faring now.
If there’s a God, what rift
there is between us two,
and only He has got the gift
to draw me near, make new.
The faults are on my side,
– in Christ he can forgive
then help me to be reconciled
with people that I grieve.
If your fears, frustrations fester
lift your heart to prayer for faith
– not a mindless, empty ritual –
finding One who rules the earth.
Read about his interventions –
speaking, coming as a man,
teaching of his real dominion,
who this universe began.
Come in prayer for he invites you,
but come humbly, honestly,
and prepared to turn from what he
shows is wrong, repentantly.
Would you really go on claiming
all you see is meaningless?
and ignore the Christ amazing
who spoke hope and righteousness?
Tune: 87 87 trochaic eg Sussex, tune of ‘May the grace of Christ our Saviour’