Methodist Conference last week and I was really chuffed to have one of my hymns sung in the opening service.
The hymn – reprinted below – was written to mark the Rev Dr Martyn Atkins becoming President of the Conference. Martyn then chose to have it sung immediately before his presidential address.
Afterwards, as often happens, people wanted to know where it is published. Well it isn’t – in book form, anyway. Thanks to the kindness of Dean McIntyre at the United Methodist Church in the USA my hymns are on their worship website, at http://www.gbod.org/worship/default.asp?act=reader&item_id=15513&loc_id=17,22,1131.
This latest hymn is there.
Dear Lord, where are the signs of hope,
the echoes of new birth?
Where will we find the shafts of light;
God’s grace notes for the earth?
Could we be what our neighbours need
to bring the great Good News?
Could we reveal the love of God
and walk in Jesus’ shoes?
How do we touch this fragile world
and bring the Christ-light near?
How do we earn the right to speak
of love that conquers fear?
We need to know your Spirit’s power,
equipping us to serve.
May we be energised by fire
to give without reserve.
We hold our lives before you now:
a grace gift from your Son.
Lord, make us open to your will
until the work is done.
We will not rest until the day
your Kingdom comes on earth.
We give ourselves to serve the light
and bring new hope to birth.
Gareth Hill. Copyright © 2007 GraceNotes Music
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