Presence

Someone on twitter raised the question of how the language we use (perhaps particularly in worship) might how God is present to us.  Reminded me about a hymn I wrote for the closing worship of a supervision course ages ago, about us being present to God and God being present to us. The tune is Tallis’ canon.

Be present, Lord, among us here,
And speak to drive away our fear,
And as a stranger seeking rest
Be with us now as host and guest.

Our mind and spirit, flesh and bone,
Our past and present, things to come:
To you, O Lord, we now present –
We gladly spend, are gladly spent.

Our presence, Lord, we dedicate,
This time is yours, and we will wait,
To friend and stranger may we give
The gifts to help each other live.

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