Hymns M-Z

Mary in the stable waiting.
hears again the angel’s voice:
‘favoured one the Lord is with you,
all Creation sings: ‘Rejoice!’
Mary waits, and heaven wonders,
at the Prince of Glory’s birth
from her womb, inside that stable,
heaven’s waiting room on earth.
 
Shepherds waiting on the mountain,
Wise Men searching for a sign,
hear that outcasts can be welcomed
at the baby Jesus’ side.
So the earth’s unlikely pilgrims
find themselves upon their knees
and a teenage mother watches
as they hail a refugee.
 
Son of God and hope of heaven,
with the waiting ones on earth,
we expect a world of diff’rence
when your justice comes to birth.
So the world is waiting, hoping
for the promised day to dawn;
when our longings find fulfilment
through the babe in Bethlehem born.
Metre      8.7.8.7.D
Recommended tune: The Carnival is Over, Scarlet Ribbons or an appropriate traditional tune
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Speak in the stillness, God we pray,
come to our hearts and meet us here.
Bring us your peace for each new day
– the gift of grace to earth from heaven.
 
We speak as though we have not heard
and live as if we do not know
your love in Christ, the living Word
– the gift of grace to earth from heaven.
 
When, in the anxious rush of days,
we lose our hold on faith and you,
reclaim us with your calm embrace
– the gift of grace to earth from heaven.
 
Lift us to see with heaven’s eyes.
We long to soar on eagles’ wings
as we press on to claim your prize
– the gift of grace to earth from heaven.
 
So may we be renewed in love,
held and sustained by you alone.
Strengthened by you that we may prove
a gift of grace to earth from heaven. Amen.
Recommended tune: Gonfalon Royal
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Spirit of God come to us
in this appointed hour.
Come as the wind from heaven
with Pentecostal power
 
Spirit of God convict us
when we are hard and cold.
Soften our graceless spirits,
turning the dross to gold
 
Spirit of God you teach us
more of the ways of grace.
Make us your living witness,
standing in Jesu’s place
 
Spirit of God you guide us
into the way of peace.
Send us to live for Jesus,
offering his release.
Recommended tune: waiting for one!
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The day of resurrection dawns
as angels wait beside the grave;
not to awake a sleeping world
but waiting to declare: “He saves”
 
For women in the early light
and men hid in an upper room,
where grief has blotted out the hope,
a dawning light invades the gloom.
 
So hearts that broke hear cries of joy
as now the angel voices say:
“He has been raised, he is not here,
but goes before you on the way.”
 
Where darkness ruled the Christ light shines:
The Prince of Peace has ransacked death.
His victory is ours by grace,
his freedom claims our every breath.
Recommended tune: Church Triumphant
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The desolate Messiah dies
spreadeagled on the cross:
unwanted by the earth he made,
Death’s trophy to the world displayed
and, as the final scene is played,
all hope is lost.
 
The disregarded Christ hangs high
as nations turn away.
How can a king be weak in power
and leave earth in its crisis hour?
And how will liberation flower
or Death give way?
 
Yet silently, as morning breaks,
the risen Lord is found.
A battle fought beyond the grave
has ended with a shout: ‘He saves!’
and Life walks from a borrowed cave,
now holy ground.
 
Beneath the shadow of his cross
the Church of Christ must stand,
and hold a holy mystery:
that death means life at Calvary
and grace has won the victory
for all the world.
Recommended tune: here
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The God of mission calls our name
and waits for us to see
the broken world he loves so much,
which needs to be set free.
It is a world which cannot see
how, trapped by wealth and pain,
it needs a broken Saviour’s death,
to be set free again.
What holds us back from offering
to cross that threshold here?
Have we been trapped and blinded too
or limited by fear?
Confronted by a bigger God
what will our answer be?
Can we believe a Pentecost
that calls us to our knees?
God, on this edge of Pentecost
in worship here we bow:
you call us, fill us, send us out,
come down and meet us now.
Metre: 8.6.8.6.
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The mystery of God on high
lies wrapped in frail humanity.
The Word of truth is now revealed
and echoes in a baby’s cry.
Here as we celebrate and sing
Be born in us, our Lord and King.
 
As shepherds bring their gifts to him
who left behind his majesty,
the shadow of a cross is seen
against the star-lit eastern sky.
Here as we celebrate and sing
Be born in us, our Lord and King.
 
Glory and grace are laid in straw
while hosts of angels testify.
A stable for the Son of God:
his mother sees and wonders “Why?”
Here as we celebrate and sing
Be born in us, our Lord and King.
 
The paradox of Bethlehem
is captured in that mother’s sigh.
As God, who brought a world to life,
must learn to live and then to die.
Here as we celebrate and sing
Be born in us, our Lord and King.
 
And all the dreams we dare to own
find refuge in this baby’s eyes;
we see the truth of God revealed
in one who laid his glory by.
Here as we celebrate and sing
Be born in us, our Lord and King.
Recommended tune: Companion
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The sun in all its radiance
and every stormy night
is held within the compass
of our Creator’s sight.
The one who stretched the heavens
who gave the wind its course,
is worthy of our worship;
is God to be adored.
 
We do not know the limits
of wind or crashing wave.
We cannot govern nature
or curb Creation’s rage.
We only know our future
is safe with one whose power
is strong enough to hold us
in death or danger’s hour.
 
To all who fear life’s turmoil
or sink beneath the tide,
the One who sees each sparrow
still calls us to his side.
The God who came in Jesus
to rescue and atone
is standing at the seashore
and calls you to come home.
Recommended tune: Penlan
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To God we come and lift our voices high;
children of hope, we sing his majesty!
Called to be faithful to the Lord of life
– to change the world, one person at a time.
 
In faith we build communities of Grace;
hold broken lives for God’s love to retrace.
Ours are the faces and the feet he’ll use
to change the world, one person at a time.
 
Our lives become a song of hope for all:
‘Jesus is Lord’ is now our clarion call!
God’s chosen people take it to the streets
to change the world, one person at a time.
 
Open the doors, let none be left inside:
send us to share with all who fear the light.
Praise God who calls his Church to dare to go
and change the world, one person at a time.
Recommended tune: Go Forth
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We bring a sacrifice of praise,
Through Jesus Christ your Son.
Fruit of our lips we bring to you
Father, who makes us one.
    
We long to give you pleasure, Lord,
Help us to worship you.
Called to adore the great I Am
Father, whose word is true.
    
Called to be children of the light,
Saved from the power of sin;
We praise your work in songs of joy,
Father, who reigns within.
    
We are your church, unite us now
In holiness and love.
Called out of sin we turn to you
Father, who reigns  above.
    
Use us to build your kingdom Lord,
Through Jesus Christ your Son;
Fruit of our lives we bring to you
Father, who makes us one.
Recommended tune: St Agnes (Dyke)
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We do not look for angel choirs
or visions in the sky,
but simply pray that peace on earth
comes nearer through the Christ child’s birth
in Bethlehem for us,
in Bethlehem for us.
We do not look for frankincense
or wise ones at our door,
but simply ask our prayers be heard
and that our restless hearts be stirred
by Jesus’ newborn cry,
by Jesus’ newborn cry.
We will not rest until we know
that God makes all things new;
until our search for answered prayer
transforms the lives of all who dare
to put their trust in you,
to put their trust in you.
But still you send us songs of peace
and wisdom whispers near.
You call us to the way of Christ,
that in our living hope will rise
from Bethlehem to here,
from Bethlehem to here.
Recommended tune: Repton

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We wait in hope for hope to come:
promised of old; the righteous one.
Help us to watch, expect and pray
and then to greet Messiah’s day.
 
We read the story of your plan:
this world redeemed by heaven’s Son.
Grace breaks upon the present time;
mercy and hope through David’s line.
 
We hear the prophet’s voice ring clear:
‘changed hearts and lives are needed here’.
So, when the Spirit fires your Church,
make us a sign for all who search.
 
We go to share this great Good News:
heirs of the promise – we will choose
to live in hope that all may sing
praises to Christ, the infant king.
Recommended tune: Deep Harmony
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What quality of love is this
that washes a betrayer’s feet?
What kind of majesty, a king
who kneels before a friend’s deceit?
It is a love for those, like me
who know of grace but choose to sin;
a love that waits until I must
return to Calvary again.
 
What quality of ruler, this
who lays aside his royal right?
What kind of power which takes a towel
and stoops to lift our blinkered sight?
This is the ruler of all realms
and yet the one who calls me friend;
the one who, knowing what would come,
still chose to love me to the end.
 
What quality of Saviour comes
to bring salvation by his death?
What kind of battle-plan to hang
forsaken, beaten and bereft?
This is the Saviour who, for me,
endured the cross with all its shame;
who, dying for a world, can still
remember and call out my name.
Recommended tune: St Patrick
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 When innocence is fractured
by nature’s shifting force,
and paradise is ruptured
as life is swept off course.
We come to pray our questions,
we come to share our grief;
in this, our act of worship,
to say that we believe.
 
As headlines overwhelm us
and make us close our minds;
as news from distant islands
brings death before our eyes.
We seek a hope to cling to,
a refuge to embrace;
lest in the grip of knowing
we lose our hold on grace.
 
How dare we speak of heaven
made human for our sakes,
or preach a loving Father
when seas and mountains quake?
We dare because our story
speaks of a love that came
to bear the cost of dying
and still would do the same.
 
In Christ our souls take refuge,
though not to hide from truth:
we face each anguished question
with faith, if not with proof.
We hear his wistful question:
“And will you leave me too?”
Though all the world should crumble,
We hope, O Christ, in you.
Recommended tune: Aurelia
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When mountains that we thought secure
lie crumbled where we stand
and pain and helplessness endure
– all from another’s hand –
Help us to bear the prophet’s mark,
to stand apart from hate
and witness to the Father’s call
for justice in the land.
 
God is our strength and refuge still
though all the earth give way;
our help at every time of ill,
the light of our dark day.
And as his people in the world
we bear the scars of grief,
but echo faith’s resounding note
– and still for justice pray.
 
There is a place of holiness
where God makes warfare cease.
There is a day of hopefulness,
a promised time of peace.
So, here today, we bear the pain
of inhumanity,
but pledge our lives to live for truth
so justice may increase
Recommended tune: Vox Dilecti
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When the waves are crashing
And my faith is drowning
‘tho I may forget you
Hold me, Lord
 
When the cliffs are steepest
And my hope is weakest
‘tho I fail to trust you
Hold me lord.
 
When dark clouds have gathered
And my love is battered
‘tho I may desert you
Hold me Lord.
 
Faith may be eternal,
Hope will last forever;
greater still is love that
Holds me Lord.
Gareth Hill © Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved.  Used by permission. For permission to use this text, please contact www.hopepublishing.com
While our horizons hem us in
your vision shows a farther shore:
where holiness is not a dream
and Good News runs from door to door.
As risk aversion holds us back
your footsteps trace an urgent path:
to where your reckless grace rebuilds
the love that helps the broken laugh.
What is the bridge that takes us there?
What is the passage to that shore?
If there were easy paths to trace
then human hearts would know for sure.
Give us the wisdom to be fools,
to dare to dream and to declare
the paradox of God in Christ:
that death is life and all may share.
Recommended tune: Wilton
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God of love, come claim this moment
for two lives now bound as one.
As we share this day of gladness
bless this marriage now begun
Give them wisdom
Give them patience
Help them live a life of love
Help them live a life of love
 
Perfect love, come grow within them,
in the ordinary tasks.
Every day may Grace be weaving
new surprises, Lord we ask
Give them joy and
understanding
May their love be born of you
May their love be born of you
 
Loving God, as we support them,
may our prayers be more than words.
Show us all how love in action
stoops to put another first.
Live within us
by your spirit
Let your love be seen in us
Let your love be seen in us.
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