Two Hymns for Epiphany

The celebration of Epiphany has always been important to me. In the Nativity narratives, the arrival at Bethlehem of the Kings – also known as The Three Wise Men or The Magi – with their gifts, gets all mixed up with the Christmas story. But, traditionally, their involvement has been marked at the conclusion of the Christmas Season – the 12th day of Christmas – on 6th January. This is the Christian festival commemorating, as the Church tells us, ‘the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles in the persons of the Magi’. In more recent times, ‘epiphany’ has come to mean an appearance of a deity, or a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something.

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Our Epiphany

Suggested tune: “Rhuddlan”

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God incarnate, living presence

of the Lord that dwells above;

come to us in human weakness,

not your power or might to prove,

but to show, in Christ among us,

what it means to live in Love.

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God, Emmanuel, kings and scholars

travelled far to worship you,

bringing gifts, their precious treasures,

offering all that you were due,

finding in a humble stable

God was making all things new.

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Here we gather, faithful people,

seeking God in human form;

some with purpose and direction;

some unsure, afraid, or worn;

now to join these ancient travellers,

come to see God’s Love reborn.

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See! We come to lay before you

costly gifts of love and care,

different kinds of faithful service,

precious lives we’re called to share …

God among us, here we give you

all we have and all we are.

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God incarnate, living Wonder,

heaven and earth in harmony …

God, Emmanuel, promised presence,

Word made flesh in Christ we see …

glory, praise and prayer we bring you!

This is our Epiphany!

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The Day of Our Epiphany

Suggested tune: “Mary Morrison” (or any DLM melody)

This hymn is in a ‘question and answer’ format, the first half of each verse being the question, the second half the response. It can be sung with a solo or small group singing the first part of each verse and the whole congregation singing the second – as suggested below. The final verse lends itself to being sung by everyone. If no soloists are available, the congregation can be split into two parts. And, of course, the hymn can be sung by everyone from start to finish.

Solo 1

What time did your new star appear?

What day, what week, what month, what year?

How did you know when you should start?

 When were you ready to depart?

All 

This was our time; this was our day;

This was our call; this was our way;

This was our life, our everything  –

To travel far to find our King.

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Solo 2

Where did your journeying begin?

Where was your home? Who were your kin?

Did you wait long once you’d prepared?

Were you excited, bold, or scared?

All

This was our faith; this was our now;

This was our trust; this was our vow;

This mattered more than anything –

To travel on to meet our King.

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Solo 3

Did you know where you’d find the babe –

In palace, mansion, byre or cave?

Did you believe your star would stay

Above the place where Jesus lay?

All

This was our truth; this was so right;

This was our purpose, this our light,

With precious gifts our lives to bring,

To travel long to greet our King.

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Trio

Can we come too when you bow low,

And understand what you now know?

Though we’ve no gifts when we appear,

Are we allowed to enter here?

All

This is our joy; this is our worth,

To share with you the Saviour’s birth.

This is the hope to which we cling –

You too can worship Christ the King.

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All

We come, the greatest and the least,

To join the ancients from the East.

We bring the gifts of what we are –

Christ’s pilgrims come from near and far,

Our God Incarnate now to see

This day of our Epiphany,

And with the ancient sages sing –

“Give glory to the King of kings.”

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Two original hymns by © Tom Gordon, The Feast of Epiphany 2021

A Hymn for the New Year

The beginning of a year is a special marker in our journey of life. We know it’s “just another day”, or the “click of a clock”, and New Year’s Day is with us. But it’s more significant than that, for it marks our progress and our measurement of time, and allows us to review the past and be hopeful for the future. In the myths of ancient Rome, Janus – after whom many believe the month of January is named – is the god of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, doorways, passages, and such like things. He is usually depicted as having two faces, since he looks backwards to the past and forward to the future at the same time. So, as we do likewise at the turn of the year, perhaps we might do well to pause, look around us and give thanks.

New Year Dawning 

(based on Psalm 39:5)

Suggested tune: “Rhuddlan”

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New Year dawning … what a morning!

giving January its birth;

happy people, joyful revellers

celebrating, full of mirth;

parties starting; fireworks flashing,

east to west, o’er all the earth.

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New Year turning … looking backwards

o’er the span of days gone by;

places seen and people greeted;

schemes that worked or went awry;

lessons learned; events remembered;

lots to teach or mystify.

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New Year starting … reaching forward

into all that’s yet unknown;

resolutions; big decisions;

times to share or be alone;

plans to make; routines to follow;

sins for which we must atone.

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New Year promise … God is constant;

as He has been in the past,

so His timeless presence gives us

hope and strength for which we ask.

For His love, from start to finish,

is a Love that’s made to last.

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New Year with us … so your people

gather now to bring our praise,

and to pray to You, whose handbreadth

is the measure of our days:

‘God be with us; bless us; keep us;

Hold us close to You always.’

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An original hymn by © Tom Gordon, January 2021

Hymns for Week 4 of Advent

The four weeks of the Advent Season is the period at the beginning of the Christian Year when the Church takes time to prepare for the message and meaning of Christmas, so we can properly understand the true meaning of “God With Us”.

Now that we’re approaching the fourth and final week of Advent, the concluding stage of our preparation for Christmas, these two hymns – added to the ones I’ve posted for previous Advent weeks – are offered as a guide to everyone, with the encouragement to take the time you need, to think things through, and, therefore, to heighten your awareness of the purpose of it all.

I hope you can make good use of this Advent Season, and that the hymns I share with you on the Advent journey might help you along the way.

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Please, come with me to Bethlehem

Suggested melody: St Asaph or Evangel

Theme: Coming close to Christmas, anticipating what we will experience

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Please, come with me to Bethlehem to see what we can find.

The news is out that God is there, close by to human-kind.

“Emmanuel!” we’ve heard it said, God’s gift to me and you.

Please, come with me to Bethlehem to see if it is true.

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For I have been to Bethlehem and found an open door,

And there I sank onto my knees down on a stable floor.

A child lay there! Could this be real? Was this what God had planned?

Though I have been to Bethlehem, I still don’t understand.

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Then for a while in Bethlehem, I watched the shepherds come

To bow before this fragile child in worship, one by one.

“The angel choir gave us the news; they told us what to do.”

And waiting there in Bethlehem, I soon believed it too.

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So, come with me from Bethlehem, for I’ve got news to share;

Though I don’t fully understand what God was doing there,

And how the human and divine got all mixed up in one.

But I’ve been changed in Bethlehem by all that God has done.

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Please, come again to Bethlehem; don’t wonder or delay!

You’ll find the Incarnation brings another Christmas day.

You may not fully grasp it all, or know what you should do,

But, hurry down to Bethlehem where God’s love comes for you.

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An original hymn by © Tom Gordon, Advent 2020

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Nearer, nearer

Suggested melody: Charity

Theme: Only a little time left before we find the Light of the World

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Nearer, nearer every day,

Pilgrims on the Advent Way

Aim for Bethlehem and say

“Where is Christ, our Lord?”

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Cautious, careful steps we take,

Bodies weary, minds that ache,

Wondering if our goal we’ll make,

Seeking Christ our Lord.

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Long’s the road we’re set upon;

Week by week, we’ve journeyed on,

As to Bethlehem we’re drawn,

Searching for our Lord.

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Bless us in these final days.

Keep us focused on your ways.

Turn our hearts to prayer and praise,

So we’ll know our Lord.

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Take us closer to the Light –

You, our guide both day and night –

Till we see the glorious sight,

Jesus Christ our Lord.

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Now, your revelation’s clear!

“See! The Son of God appears!

Your Emanuel is here!

This is Christ your Lord.”

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An original hymn by © Tom Gordon, Advent 2020

Hymns for Week 3 of Advent

The four weeks of the Advent Season is the period at the beginning of the Christian Year when the Church takes time to prepare for the message and meaning of Christmas, so we can properly understand the true meaning of “God With Us”.

Now that we’re approaching the third week of Advent, these two hymns – with the others that will follow for week four – are offered as a guide to everyone, with the encouragement to take the time you need, to think things through, and, therefore, to heighten your awareness of the purpose of it all.

I hope you can make good use of this Advent Season, and that the hymns I share with you on the Advent journey might help you along the way.

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The Advent Journey

Suggested melody: Stowey (Praise God for the harvest)

Theme: Continuing to journey, and anticipating who we will find at Bethlehem

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Will you come on a journey now Advent‘s arrived,

to prepare for the coming of God in your life;

to walk with His servants who travel this way,

and arrive at the stable on God’s special day?

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Will you travel with Mary who follows God’s call

as she carries the Promise God’s given us all

to Bethlehem Town, be it easy or hard,

to find rest at the stable expecting your Lord?

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Will you join with the shepherds come down from the hills

in response to the angels, with joy to be filled;

with workmen to come on that glorious morn,

and to seek out the stable where Jesus is born?

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Will you sing with the angels of Peace for the earth,

as their Good News rings out of Emmanuel’s birth;

to join them rejoicing, our glory to see,

and to meet at the stable where Jesus will be?

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Will you set out in faith with the sages of old

as a star gives them guidance as they had been told;

with Wise Men to share as your worship you bring,

and bow down in the stable with gifts for your King?

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“Yes, I’ll come on this journey! I’ll travel with you,

for it’s time to prepare for what my Lord will do.

It’s time to get ready now Advent’s come round,

and set out for the stable where God’s Love is found.”

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An original hymn by © Tom Gordon , Advent 2020      

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Good Joseph

Suggested melody: Kingsfold

Theme: Remembering Joseph, often overlooked in the Christmas narrative

Last year, I was challenged by a friend to write a hymn based around Joseph, someone so often passed over with barely a mention in our reflections on the Christmas story. This is the result. Good Joseph, we salute you!

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Good Joseph was a traveller, his journey hard and long,

from Nazareth to Bethlehem, the town where he belonged.

But down he went, with his betrothed, to do as he was bid.

For Joseph was a traveller when travelling was good.

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Good Joseph was a watchful man ev’n though he’d been forewarned,

and stood in silent wonder there when Jesus Christ was born.

With human love he gave this child his nurture as he grew.

For Joseph was a watchful man when watchfulness was due.

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Good Joseph was a refugee, escaping grief and pain,

to save God’s son from Herod’s rage as other boys were slain.

When dreams appeared, his mind was right; God’s word he’d understand.

For Joseph was a refugee when refuge was at hand.

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Good Joseph was a carpenter, with skills to teach and share.

He gave his all, with no reward, with faithfulness and care.

In Temple days he found his son was ready for the test.

Good Joseph was a carpenter when righteousness was best.

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Good people, when you’re called to serve and travel in God’s way,

to watch and wait, in joy or pain, in work, or rest, or play,

in worship times, in family life … do all that you can do,

and be as good as Joseph was – this servant-guide for you.

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An original hymn by © Tom Gordon, Advent 2020 

Hymns for Week 2 of Advent

The four weeks of the Advent Season is the period at the beginning of the Christian Year when the Church takes time to prepare for the message and meaning of Christmas, so we can properly understand the true meaning of “God With Us”.

Now that we’re approaching the second week of Advent, these two hymns – with the others that will follow for week three and week four – are offered as a guide to everyone, with the encouragement to take the time you need, to think things through, and, therefore, to heighten your awareness of the purpose of it all.

I hope you can make good use of this Advent Season, and that the hymns I share with you on the Advent journey might help you along the way.

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We Gather Here at Advent Time

Suggested melody: Seven Joys of Mary

Theme: The continued journey through Advent to Christmas

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We gather here at Advent time; in praise to God we sing,

And in our worship stop and ask, ‘What are the prayers we bring?’

When, week by week, we journey closer to the joy of Christmas Day,

We turn to God, and seek his Light to guide us on our way.

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We gather here as Advent starts and Hope becomes our light.

When prophets spoke, your light shone clear and hopefulness burned bright.

So now we pray for strength for those who struggle every day to cope.

May we become God’s prophets here and lift the light of Hope.

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We journey on through Advent time and Peace becomes our light.

Against oppression, rage and strife, this flickering flame burns bright.

So now we pray that wars will end and every act of violence cease.

May we join others on this day and lift the light of Peace.

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We journey on our Advent way and Love becomes our light –

For closest friends; for enemies; for those beyond our sight.

So now we pray our love will join the Grace that comes from heaven above.

May we respond to God’s command and lift the light of Love.

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We journey to our Advent’s end and Joy becomes our light.

Let each new dawn help us emerge from sorrow’s darkest night.

So now we pray that laughter’s song will misery and gloom destroy.

May we, in praise, rejoice once more and lift the light of Joy.

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We gather here to worship Christ, who is the world’s true Light.

Our Lord is near! God’s gift has come – Emmanuel, our delight!

So now, in faith, we’ll journey on, believing Jesus comes to stay!

Our God is with us! Let’s rejoice this glorious Christmas Day.

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I Waited Patiently

Suggested melody: Tynemouth

Theme: The waiting time of Advent, in preparation and prayer

(A reflection in Psalm 40)

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I waited patiently in prayer,

And, in my weakness, was aware

That on my God I could rely.

His whisper came: “I hear your cry.”

In darkest depths of mud and mire

He took my hand and raised me higher.

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He set my feet on solid ground,

And said: “In me, new strength is found.

I’ll set you on a firmer place,

Trust in my tenderness and grace:

To me, my child, you yet belong.

`To you I give a different song.”

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This is the newness God will bring.

This is the song of praise I’ll sing.

“I’ll put my trust in God alone.

This is the faith today I own.

God has come down this soul to claim.

Now I can rise and praise his name.”

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I waited patiently in prayer,

Weighed down by calls to serve and care.

God said: “My child, I understand.

Reach up in faith and take my hand.”

So, in my prayers, I need not fear.

God will come close and find me here.

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Original hymns by Tom Gordon  © Advent 2020

Hymns for the start of Advent

The four weeks of the Advent Season is the period at the beginning of the Christian Year when the Church takes time to prepare for the message and meaning of Christmas, and the glory that is the Incarnation story. It’s a time to pause, and not rush; a time to wait, and live with expectation for a while; a time to be ready, so we can properly understand the true meaning of “God With Us”.

With the first Sunday of Advent soon to be upon us, these two hymns – with the others that will follow over the remaining weeks of Advent – are offered as a guide to everyone, with the encouragement to take the time you need, to think things through, and, therefore, to heighten your awareness of the purpose of it all.

I hope you can make good use of this Advent Season, and that the hymns I’ll share with you on the Advent journey might help you along the way.

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Christ is coming

Suggested melody: When he cometh (Revised Church Hymnary 158)

Theme: The expectation of the coming of Jesus

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Christ is coming! Yes He’s coming to show God is with us.

As a child He’ll dwell among us to live out God’s love.

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Refrain

Like the sun in the morning every new day adorning.

His light shines with beauty to make us His own.

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Christ is coming! Yes He’s coming! His light and His glory

tell the world that sin is conquered by God’s gracious love.

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Refrain

Like the sun in the morning …

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Christ is coming! Yes He’s coming, and asks if we’re ready,

with our arms spread wide in welcome, and hearts filled with love.

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Refrain

Like the sun in the morning …

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Christ is coming! Yes He’s coming! His Kingdom is dawning.

With the precious gift of Jesus we know God is love.

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Refrain

Like the sun in the morning …

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Prepare the Way

Suggested melody:  Rachel

Theme: The message of John the Baptist

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“Prepare the way!” the Baptist cried as people gathered round.

“Repent! Believe! The time is now!” he called out to the crowd.

“Your Lord is here! God has come down to live with you today.

Be ready now to welcome Him. You should prepare the way!”

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“Prepare the way!” the voice rings out, its purpose loud and clear.

Be ready, for the hour has come! Look now! Your God is here!

This is the time you’ve waited for. Wake up! This is the day!

Don’t waste your time by asking ‘Why?’ You must prepare the way!”

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“Prepare the way!” he calls again. It’s time to make our choice

as here and now we’re challenged by the Baptist’s forceful voice

To change our ways, to play our part, so each of us can say,

“I’m ready for my Lord to come. Yes! I’ll prepare the way!”

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“Prepare the way!” This is our part as Advent days slip past,

to meet our God in human form, the Love that’s made to last.

Rise up! Be tested by the call! Don’t dither or delay!

For Christ will come! He’s born for you! So come! Prepare the way!

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Original hymns by Tom Gordon © Advent 2020

A Hymn for Trinity Sunday

Chalmers Memorial Church, Port Seton, East Lothian

The Faces of God

What are we to do with Trinity Sunday? Deal with the Trinitarian nature of God, of course.

This hymn is my attempt to see the faces of God reflected in God the Creator, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, and how we might know and understand – as best we can – our God revealing himself to us in so many different ways.

I’ve set this to the tune “Pleading Saviour” (or “Saltash” as it is sometimes known) from the ‘Plymouth Collection’ (USA) 1855

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I would find you; I would know you

When I walk your precious earth;

I would worship and adore you

When I know creation’s worth.

I would praise you and acclaim you,

Wondrous God, my soul’s delight.

Source of life, the great Creator;

You’re my Love; my Truth; my Light.

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I would see you; I would know you

If I’d walked the roads you walked.

I would hear you; I would listen

If I’d been there when you talked.

I would follow; I would join you

As you spread your love abroad.

You’re the living, mortal Jesus;

Christ, the human face of God.

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I would feel you; I would know you

When your coming warms my heart.

I would sense you, understand you,

Learn the peace that you impart.

Yet, I never could define you

Or explain when you’re around.

You’re the Spirit of God’s presence;

You’re the Comforter I’ve found.

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I would seek you; I would know you

When to me you’re close and real.

Human Christ or prompting Spirit;

Awesome presence now revealed.

You’re the Trinity of wonder,

Three in one and one in three.

Mine, the glory of the Godhead;

Yours, the face of God for me.

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A new hymn © Tom Gordon 2020

A Hymn on Prayer

Creevelea Friary, Co Leitrim, Ireland. Photograph by Tom Gordon

Prayer

This is a hymn was originally written to be used during the Season of Lent. This period of preparation for Easter has always been a time of prayerful reflection. As I thought about this, I recalled a piece I’d written for the Church of Scotland’s annual publication on prayer, “Pray Now”, in 2019, on the theme of ‘Prayer and Silence’ (see https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/worship/prayers/prayer ) and I realised how wide and varied my prayer life had become. So, as I pondered that, I tied together in one place all the different facets of prayer that matter to me.

The hymn ended up having seven verses – so I decided I’d better stop there, though I suspect that several more verses might have emerged in time. If this hymn is used, therefore, it lends itself to being offered with selected verses, as suits the theme, purpose or style of an act of worship. It could equally well be used as a reflection of meditation, with one, two or more voices, with pauses for silence – and prayer – between the verses. 

The hymn was written to be sung to the tune “Sursum Corda” by Alfred Morton Smith, but can be sung to any 10 10 10 10 melody, depending on the mood to be created.

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Prayer is the silence when no prayers are born,

When clear and clever thoughts cannot be formed;

Prayer is the yearning for a way to say

What’s hidden in this wordless heart today.

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Prayer is the smile upon this thankful face

When I give thought to your abundant grace;

Prayer is the tears that from my eyes will fall

When your amazing love I yet recall.

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Prayer is the desert time when prayers are dry

When in my agonies to you I cry;

Prayer is the folk who then will pray for me

And pray my prayers when I weep silently.

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Prayer is the written word to which I turn

From every saintly life from which I learn;

Prayer is the careful thought of every sage

Preserved in time, yet fresh for every age.

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Prayer is the gentle words I learned by heart

At home, in school, in childhood’s prayerful start;

Prayer is the words that often I repeat

When I am fearful at your mercy seat.

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Prayer is the longest prayer I’ve ever heard,

Or yet the shortest prayer – a single word!

Prayer is the sharpest thought that comes and goes

When longer prayers I cannot now compose.

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So, God, if prayer like this is all of me,

Accept the prayers I bring, howe’er they be;

And bless prayerful child, that I may know

Through every prayer more grace to me you’ll show.

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A new hymn © Tom Gordon 2020

Two hymns for Pentecost

The Holy Spirit’s Day

The account in the second chapter of the Acts of the Apostles of the descent of the Holy Spirit is one of the most dramatic and inspiring in scripture. Pentecost, the birthday of the Christian Church, seeks to celebrate that amazing event.

This hymn, therefore, takes the various elements of the Pentecost story, and seeks to relate them to our discipleship today. I’ve tried to put myself in the mind of those first disciples so that I can begin to understand the call to discipleship in my current context.

The words are set to the English Carol melody, “Seven Joys of Mary”.

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Disciples gather fearfully, not knowing what to do.

Their Lord has told them: ‘I will send my Sprit just for you.’

And yet they wonder how on earth this Spirit they’ll receive,

And whether heavenly promises can truly be believed.

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Yet even as their Easter faith has all but disappeared,

A gentle breeze … a rising gale … a rushing wind they hear.

It blows away their questioning – the ‘When?’ and ‘Where?’ and ‘How?’

And in the cleansing wind God says: ‘My Spirit’s coming now!’

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The Holy Spirit fills their lives as tongues of fire are formed,

And frightened, silent, doubting folk are wondrously transformed.

With fears dispelled, and faith restored, they follow Christ’s command,

To share His Love in word and deed so all can understand.

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So once again we gather here, disciples old and new,

To hear Christ’s promise to His Church: ‘My Spirit’s here for you.’

May we, with hearts aflame for Him, in worship now rejoice,

And find, with purpose and with power, our Pentecostal voice.

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Lord, take our lives, renew our hope, dispel our human fears;

Let us proclaim our faith once more so all our world can hear.

We’ll live His Life, and speak His Truth, as people of His Way,

And sing with praise to celebrate the Holy Spirit’s Day.

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A new hymn © Tom Gordon 2020

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She comes upon the wind

In some Christian traditions, the Holy Spirit is portrayed as female. In this Pentecost hymn, therefore, I’ve taken the purpose and presence of the Holy Spirit as feminine, relating what I perceive to be aspects of the Spirit of God to the events of the first Pentecost as recorded in the second chapter of The Acts of the Apostles.

The words are set to the tune “Leoni”, a Hebrew melody arranged in the 18th century by Thomas Olivers.

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She comes upon the wind, the gentle, rustling breeze;

the breath that carries scents of flowers, and stirs the trees;

that helps the birds to soar, the golden corn to sway …

She comes upon the wind – the Spirit here today.

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She comes within the storm, with driving rain and hail;

the rushing, mighty wind; the wild, dramatic gale

that makes creation shake, and causes hearts to fear …

She comes within the storm – the Spirit has appeared.

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She comes in tongues of fire, with flickering, dancing light,

to challenge sorrow’s gloom; to overcome the night;

to conquer pain and dread; and broken hearts renew …

She comes in tongues of fire – the Spirit breaking through.

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She comes in raging flames, ablaze o’er all the earth,

no gentle, calming fire, confined to home and hearth;

too big, too wide, too fierce for minds to comprehend …

She comes in ranging flames – the Spirit without end.

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She comes with tender words, in language kind and clear

that each can understand, so all can say, ‘I hear

the very voice of God, ev’n though I know not how …’

She comes with tender words – the Spirit speaking now.

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She comes with powerful voice, that I might change my ways,

and work for justice, love and peace through all my days;

to stand for what is right, wherever I might be …

She comes with powerful voice – the Spirit calling me.

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A new hymn © Tom Gordon 2020

A Hymn for the Church

Chalmers Memorial Church, Port Seton

Living Stones

This hymn is based on two ideas: the first – which gives the title – is the concept of the ‘living stones’ as found in 1 Peter 2:5, a metaphor for service in the Christian Community which has always had deep resonances for me; the second – integral to the Iona Community’s daily prayers which I’ve been sharing with Community Members for forty-eight years – is the affirmation in Luke 19:4 that ‘if God’s disciples keep silent, these stones would shout aloud.’

The hymn was written for an act of worship in my own church, Chalmers Memorial in Port Seton, to be used alongside a reflection on the meaning of Church which I wrote in Iona Abbey several years before. The hymn and the accompanying reflection come from the same thought-process, as the bare stones of my church and Iona Abbey’s walls spoke to me powerfully of how big stones and little stones all have their place to make the walls of the Christian Community strong and lasting.

As I prepared the worship, the stones in the church walls spoke to me again of the many people, over a century and more, who had worshiped in this place, stones large and small, living stones, who had made, and continue to make, the Church what it is.

The hymn is set to the familiar tune, “Greensleeves”.

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Our church is made with human hands, with stone on stone providing

a sanctuary of prayer and peace; a house of God’s abiding.

These stones are bound as one to build a place for everyone.

These stones together make a home for all God’s people.

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These stones, well laid, have made this church a strong and stable dwelling;

a home for God; a place of Love beyond our human telling.

These stones would shout and sing in praise of Christ, our heavenly King;

these stones would cry aloud if voices here fall silent.

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Our Church is built when people heed the call to: ‘Come, and follow me!’

the voice of Christ who bids us share His Gospel message faithfully.

These stones have made a place where human love meet heavenly grace;

these stones together make a home for all God’s people.

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These living stones, disciples here, all fit together, large and small;

each in its place, and strengthened by the Spirit which is with us all.

These stones should shout and sing in praise of Christ our heavenly King;

these stones must cry aloud, no more to stay in silence.

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An original hymn © Tom Gordon