A Hymn of Peace

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

Written to commemorate the 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 gift 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.

God’s peace fulfils and blesses life,
it heals the aching soul;
there is a way in place of strife
that makes all people whole.
This hope is real but costs our pride:
Lord, help us choose love’s way
where hearts and minds are open wide
In this and every day!

© Neil Thompson 2018

Metrical Gloria ~ Glory to God and peace for all his people

Metre: 11 12 11 12 + RefrainTune: Jesus is Lord

(for Mary Jeffreys who commissioned this setting)

Glory to God and peace for all his people;
we worship you, give thanks so true, honour and praise.
Glory to God in Jesus, Son and Saviour:
you take away our sin and for mercy we pray.
Glory to God! Glory to God!
Peace from the highest heaven: sing glory to God!

Glory to God whose majesty and mercy
seen in the Son, love’s holy one, Jesus the Lord.
Glory to God for Jesus Christ our Saviour
who with the Holy Spirit and Father is one.
Glory to God! Glory to God!
Peace from the highest heaven: sing glory to God!

Glory to God the hope of every people;
Give us that light in human sight, Spirit and truth.
Glory to God whose love in Jesus risen
takes every life and moment to heaven above!
Glory to God! Glory to God!
Peace from the highest heaven: sing glory to God!

© 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