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12 Guide me O Thou great Jehovah – Leckebusch

Peter Williams (1717-1791), from William Williams (1727-1796) Public Domain Martin Leckebusch Three years ago our conference was held in Carmarthen. If you were there, you’ll remember the excursion which took us, one afternoon, down narrow country lanes barely wider than our hired minibuses. Our destination was the old farmhouse where the hymn writer William Williams lived in the eighteenth century. …

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11 God hold us – Dobson

Marjorie Dobson (1940 – ) © Copyright 2017 Stainer & Bell Ltd, 23 Gruneisen Road, London N3 1DZ, www.stainer.co.uk. Used by permission. Marjorie Dobsonsung by Gareth Moore Our friends were looking forward to their wedding anniversary. They had been married for many years and had known each other since she was fourteen. He had been in hospital having some treatment …

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08 My Lord you wore no royal crown – Gilmurray

Christopher Idle (1938 – ) © Christopher Idle/Jubilate Hymns Ltd. Jubilate administered by Jubilate Hymns Ltd. copyrightmanager@jubilatehymns.co.uk For possible further resources for this text and many others please visit www.jubilate.co.uk Used by permission. Sue Gilmurray This hymn, written by Christopher Idle, has been a favourite of mine for twenty years. It expresses the wonderful paradox of Jesus, set out in …

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07 Fight the Good Fight – Wilson

John Samuel Bewley Monsell (1811-1875)Public Domain Claire Wilson Hymn-related dilemmas featured now and again during my East London parish ministry. I recall an occasion about twenty years ago when it struck me just before the service began that an unfortunate choice had been made. That Sunday we were observing World Peace Day: was it appropriate to begin this particular act …

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03 Ye sons and daughters of the King – Constable

John Mason Neale (1818-1866), Jean Tisserand (d. 1494) Public Domain Douglas Constable The 3rd July is widely observed as St Thomas’ day, and, having been Vicar of St Thomas’ parish in Derby, I am happy to share my affection and sense of kinship with Thomas. I first became aware of him seventy years ago, the Easter before my tenth birthday. …

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01 O God of earth and altar – Leckebusch

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936)Public Domain 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 have I done to …