The One & Only Life-Giving God has Created Something Truly Amazing!

“Nourished by the rainfall, the earth can come alive;

woodlands swell with splendour, the moors and meadows thrive.

Flowers of every colour now raise their heads in pride,

praising God their maker throughout the countryside.

Each flower has its purpose, and every petals its place,

each celebrates glory, each speaks of God’s good grace.

All, all of creation delights to worship the Lord.

Let those in God’s image respond in deed and word.

Birds that wake the morning and fill the evening sky,

sing not to please humans, but to praise God on high.

Nightingale and curlew, the robin, rook, and wren,

first rehearse their anthem, then sing it through again.

Each bird has its purpose, and every song has its place,

each celebrates glory, each speaks of God’s good grace.

All, all of creation delights to worship the Lord.

Let those in God’s image respond in deed and word.

Every land and nation, each woman, child, and man,

find their root and reason before the world began;

all by God were destined to hear the Saviour’s call,

and choose to give him nothing, or gladly give him all.

Each soul has its purpose, and every child has its place,

each celebrates glory, each speaks of God’s good grace.

All, all of creation delights to worship the Lord.

Let those in God’s image respond on deed and word.”

by Pablo Fernandez Badillo (b. 1949) Translated by John L. Bell (b. 1949)

(Taken from The Church Hymnary Trust (2006) Church Hymnary. 4th edition. Norwich: Canterbury Press, 138)

Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus our Blessed Redeemer

“PRAISE Him! praise Him! Jesus our blessed Redeemer,

Sing, O earth, His wonderful love proclaim.

Hail Him! hail Him! highest archangels in glory,

Strength and honour give to His holy name.

Like a shepherd Jesus will guard His children,

In His arms He carries them all day long.

O ye saints that dwell on the mountain of Zion,

Praise Him! praise Him! ever in joyful song.

Praise Him! praise Him! Jesus our blessed Redeemer,

For our sins He suffered and bled and died;

He, our rock, our hope of eternal salvation.

Hail Him! hail Him! Jesus the crucified.

Loving Saviour, meekly enduring sorrow,

Crowned with thorns that cruelly pierced His brow;

Once for us rejected, despised and forsaken,

Prince of Glory, ever triumphant now.

Praise Him! praise Him! Jesus our blessed Redeemer,

Heavenly portals, loud with hosannahs ring.

Jesus, Saviour, reigneth for ever and ever,

Crown Him, crown Him, Prophet and Priest and King!

Death is vanquished! tell it with joy ye faithful,

Where is now thy victory, boasting grave?

Jesus lives! no longer thy portals are cheerless,

Jesus lives, the mighty and strong to save.”

by Fanny Jane Crosby (1820-1915)

(Taken from Redemption Songs: 1000 Hymns & Choruses. UK: Collins, 12)

Come, Holy Spirit, Come!

“Come, Holy Spirit, come!

Inflame our souls with love,

transforming every heart and home

with wisdom from above.

O let us not despise

the humble path Christ trod,

but choose, to shame the worldly-wise,

the foolishness of God.

Come with the gift to heal

the wounds of guilt and fear,

and to oppression’s face reveal

the kingdom drawing near.

Where chaos longs to reign,

descend, O Holy Dove,

and free us all to work again

the miracles of love.

Spirit of truth, arise;

inspire the prophet’s voice:

expose to scorn the tyrant’s lies,

and bid the poor rejoice.

O Spirit, clear our sight,

all prejudice remove,

and help us to descern the right,

and covet only love.

Give us the tongues to speak,

in every time and place,

to rich and poor, to strong and weak,

the word of love and grace.

Enable us to hear

the words that others bring,

interpreting with open ear

the special song they sing.

Come, Holy Spirit, dance

within our hearts today,

our earthbound spirits to entrance,

our mortal fears allay.

And teach us to desire,

all other things above,

that self-consuming holy fire,

the perfect gift of love!”

by Michael Forster (b. 1946)

(Taken from Ancient & Modern: Hymns and Songs for Refreshing Worship (Words Edition) (2013). London: Hymns Ancient & Modern Ltd., 242)

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