Really delighted to have two hymns in the new collection from Jubilate, ‘Hymns for our contemporary world’, which aims to resource churches in responding to some urgent and critical themes in contemporary life but which are not widely addressed in traditional hymnody. The first one has just been released, and explores environmental themes from a political, social and economic perspective. It can be sung to ‘Finlandia’ but has also had a beautiful new tune written especially for it by Peter Burton. You can watch the lyric video, download the words and sheet music on the Jubilate website.
You made a universe so full of wonder, gave us a world to cherish and to hold. But we have treated it as ours to plunder: what you gave freely, we have bought and sold. What you made perfect, we have torn asunder: do not, O Lord, your healing power withhold.
In generous love, the pattern of your caring, we have been blessed with more than we could need. But we have hoarded what was meant for sharing, corrupting what you gave as fruitful seed; and still it is your poorest children bearing the cost of all our selfishness and greed.
We hear the voice that calls our generation, the urgent cry of beauty scarred by pain. Our lives must change in this and every nation so prayer and action shall not be in vain; we pledge to live in ways of restoration until your earth is whole and good again.
Copyright (c) Ally Barrett/Jubilate (as with all my Jubilate hymns, this is covered by CCLI so will need to go on your annual return).
This is your body, for your people giv’n, We break the bread, and voice the sacred song; Food of the angels, taste of highest heav’n, crumbs dropped for all who fear we don’t belong: We are your body, help us dare to share all that we have, and offer all we are.
This is your blood, the pain that makes us whole With love was pressed from this live-giving vine, The smallest sip can warm the coldest soul, And fill the human heart with fire divine: We are your body, help us yearn to share all that we have, and offer all we are.
We are your body, fed with heavenly food, Washed through the blood that flows with heavenly love, And then you send us, by that love renewed, to find that earth is full of heav’n above. We are your body, in your grace we share all that we have, and offer all we are.
I wrote this one last month too, and forgot about it. Again, sorry.