Hymns A-F

As the world turns, we turn to you
– here we pause before you, Lord.
In our search for peace in turmoil
we have come to be restored.
 
All the world is crowding closer,
longing for a touch of grace;
asking us to act for Jesus,
searching for a healing place.
 
So we come to pray and listen:
give us tender hearts and true.
As you hold us in the silence
tune our lives to speak for you.
 
Call again in quiet whispers,
flood our souls with calm and peace;
so our sharing of your Gospel
helps this world to find release.
 
As the world turns, we turn to you,
– here we pause before you, Lord.
In our search for peace in turmoil
we have come to be restored.
Suggested tune: Love divine (Stainer)
Copyright © Gareth Hill Publishing/Song Solutions CopyCare, 14 Horsted Square, Uckfield, TN22 1QG www.songsolutions.org
 
 
Called to the kingdom for a time like this
Chosen and precious to you, Lord.
Here in this moment,
Here in this place,
We stand in answer to your call
For a time like this
 
Before you formed us in the womb you knew
Your chosen purpose for our days:
To be the prophets,
To speak your Word,
To help the nations know your plan
To make all things new
 
And in the dark days you said, “Do not fear,
I am beginning, I am end”
You stood beside us,
Your promise sure.
You held us in the grip of grace
And dried every tear
 
Why have you called us is a mystery;
Can any good thing come from us?
Yet we are faithful
And trust in you.
We pledge to serve your Kingdom’s cause:
To change history.
Written to mark the 50thanniversary of full clergy rights for women in the United Methodist Church (USA).
Copyright © Gareth Hill Publishing/Song Solutions CopyCare, 14 Horsted Square, Uckfield, TN22 1QG www.songsolutions.org
 
 
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.
Written to mark the start of the Rev Dr Martyn Atkins’ year as President of the British Methodist Conference and sung at the opening of Conference in Blackpool, July 2007. It was later one of the winners of the BBC Radio 2 and Local Radio Hymn-writing Competition 2007.
Recommended tune: Kingsfold
Copyright © Gareth Hill Publishing/Song Solutions CopyCare, 14 Horsted Square, Uckfield, TN22 1QG www.songsolutions.org
 
 
Father, we have heard you calling
to your church in every age;
for a sign of true devotion
for a sacrifice of praise.
In this place where you have brought us,
may we always seek to be
one in love and one in worship
– children of eternity 
 
Jesus Christ, our faith’s perfecter,
priest and advocate above.
We would reach our broken nation
with the truth of your great love.
So transform our feeble witness,
may we always live to be
one in love and one in worship
– children of eternity
   
Holy Spirit, fire of heaven,
fall upon us here today.
Bring release, bring tears, bring passion,
then transform your church, we pray.
As you pour your grace upon us,
may we always thirst to be
one in love and one in worship
– children of eternity
   
Praise we bring to God the Father,
Praise we bring to God the Son,
Praise to God the Holy Spirit,
Praise to you, the three in one.
Trinity of love inspire us,
may we always strive to be
one in love and one in worship
– children of eternity
Recommended tune: Hyfrydol
Gareth Hill © 1995 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved.  Used by permission. For permission to use this text, please contact www.hopepublishing.com
 
 
From sandy cove and surfer’s wave
to sun-kissed cliff and moor;
From farmer’s field to rambler’s path
and seagull’s cry to children’s laugh
the whole creation sings
the whole creation sings
 
Creator God, your name is heard,
in every wind that blows;
in summer breeze and sailor’s gales
we hear of love that never fails
and all creation sings
and all creation sings
 
From great cathedrals’ soaring praise
To voices cracked with age;
from chapel pulpit, market hall
our lives will echo one and all
that all creation sings
that all creation sings
 
To you, who spoke the Word of Life
and saw Creation grow;
to you who heard the new world ring
we offer all that we can bring
‘til all creation sings
‘til all creation sings
This hymn, written to reflect some of the glories of Cornwall, was used for some years at the opening service of the annual Royal Cornwall Show.
Metre: 8.6.8.8.6.6.
Copyright © Gareth Hill Publishing/Song Solutions CopyCare, 14 Horsted Square, Uckfield, TN22 1QG www.songsolutions.org
 
 
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