Where is this stupendous stranger?: Robert Canham

Christopher Smart (1722-1771) Public Domain Tune: OTTERY ST MARY, Henry George Ley (1887-1962) © SPCK Publishing, 36 Causton Street, LONDON SW1P 4ST Robert Canham 1   Where is this stupendous stranger?      Prophets, shepherds, kings advise:      lead me to my Master’s manger,      show me where my Saviour lies. 2   O most mighty, O most holy,      far beyond the …

There’s a light upon the mountains: Andrew Pratt

Henry Burton (1840 – 1930) Public Domain Tune THERE’S A LIGHT UPON THE MOUNTAINS Maurice Lawton Wostenholm (1887–1959) © The Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes Andrew Pratt There’s a light upon the mountains, and the day is at the spring, When our eyes shall see the beauty and the glory of the King; Weary was our heart with waiting, and …

O God of earth and altar: Martin Leckebusch

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) Public Domain Tune: KINGS LYNN Martin Leckebusch It’s natural, when something disruptive or threatening happens, to ask why – why this, why now, why me? Whether the tragedy is personal (bereavement, maybe redundancy) or more far-reaching (flooding, or even a pandemic), people look for reasons. And often, whether spoken or not, there is the question: What …

Lord Jesus, think on me: Michael Garland

Synesius of Cyrene c365-414 tr. Allen William Chatfield 1808-1896 Public Domain Michael Garland It is twenty years since Common Worship was introduced by the Church of England to stand alongside The Book of Common Prayer, forming an official liturgical resource for churches and congregations wishing to use services in contemporary language. Five years after its launch came a volume of …