On the air – making you aware

Radio 2 is Britain’s most listened to radio station and it looks likely that I could be featured on there tomorrow, although I’m not allowed to say anything specific about it. Let me put it this way.

A few months ago, I entered the hymn below in Radio 2 and BBC local radio’s annual hymn writing competition. Tomorrow, the Radio 2 programme Sunday Half Hour (8.30pm) will be announcing the winners ………. there will be two winning hymns and two songs. Half of the winners will be played tomorrow and the other half next week.

The winners have not yet been named BUT – also tomorrow morning I am appearing on BBC Radio Cornwall (from 7.20am to about 8am) when they are interviewing me about my hymn-writing and playing one of the two winning hymns: if you get my drift!

As you can see in an earlier post, the hymn was written in honour of the Rev Dr Martyn Atkins becoming President of the Methodist Conference here in Britain and is beginning to be sung around the country. Part of the prize is that the winning entries have a tune composed for them – wonder what that will be like?

As a reminder, the text of the hymn is:

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 Recommended tune Kingsfold
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