A hymn that’s not entirely irrelevant to Sunday’s gospel

I wrote this one a few weeks ago, and while I was looking for a hymn for Sunday (the Lazarus story) it occurred to me that this one wasn’t wholly irrelevant. Here it is (and when I posted this yesterday I forgot to say – the tune is ‘Slane’ aka Lord of all Hopefulness).

Jesus, our Saviour, your life-giving breath
brings order from chaos, and life out of death;
You give us your blessing, now help us impart
that gift to our neighbour­ as a gift from the heart.

Jesus, our healer, the touch of your hand
fills us with new confidence, helps us to stand;
Your strength in our weakness is power indeed
to stand up for others whatever their need.

Jesus, our brother, your love never ends:
makes slaves into children, helps strangers make friends,
may love be the lesson we learn and we teach,
may love be the motive for our actions and speech.

Jesus, inspirer and source of all good,
we stand here on earth as of old you once stood;
The Church is your body,  the task you begun
is ours to continue till the work here is done.

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