A Hymn of Peace

Metre: 86 86 86 86 (Double Common Metre)Coe Fen

Written for Jubilate hymn competition to commemorate centenary of World War 1 Armistice — Remembrancetide 2018

We yearn for peace but still fight wars
and fail to learn God’s ways;
the past is blamed to find a cause
for warring present days.
Come Spirit blessed to make us new,
break habits, hate and fears –
to see the Christ in other’s view
and feel His pain and tears.

In Bible’s page the nations fight
and claim that God is theirs.
Forgive us Lord, restore our sight
that we might live our prayers.
The past is drenched by blood and loss
through wars and violent ways;
may Jesus on his holy cross
redeem our human days.

This simple hope for all the earth,
once won on history’s stage:
love’s tortured death, stripp’d of His worth,
spills out to every age.
The fallen – broken, lifeless dust –
by Christ are healed and raised
beyond our power; the Father’s trust
by Church and world be praised!

Lord, grant us strength to fight for peace
and speak love’s truth today;
with wills resolved we’ll never cease
to watch and love and pray:
that all may live in freedom blessed
and care for those in need.
In peace may the departed rest,
from time and death be freed.

© Neil Thompson 2018

Metrical Gloria ~ Glory to God and highest praise

Metre: 86 86 (Common Metre)Tune: Wiltshire

Glory to God and highest praise
His people sing on earth;
Worship and thanks to you we raise:
Grant peace, our world’s new birth.

Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb once slain,
To take away all sin,
Have mercy on our selfish gain,
Your love all people win.

For you are God the Holy One,
You are the Lord Most High,
Who with the Spirit praises run
In Father’s glory nigh!

© Neil Thompson 2018

Metrical Gloria ~ To God we sing on high

Metre: 66 86 (Short Metre)Tune: Sandys

To God we sing on high
With worship, thanks and praise;
His glory reigns beyond the sky:
Brings peace to human days.

In Christ we see the face
Of love, the only Son,
The Lamb of God whose saving grace
O’er sin and death has won.

Receive our prayer, O Lord,
The high and holy one –
In Jesus Christ and Spirit poured
The Father’s glory’s done!

© Neil Thompson 2018