Good Friday

There is no glory in this cross There is no glory in this cross, nor in a crown of thorn, just hard derision, fearful hate and rising human scorn. There is no joy to see a son, his tendons taut and strained, he hangs, discarded garbage now, his life blood dried, or drained. How dare we alleluia praise, or thank …

Glorious Godhead

Glorious Godhead A Hymn by Mike Dove of Parkstone Evangelical Free Church, Poole, Dorset. Verse1 Father in heaven we worship Our glorious creator of all Give us a glimpse of your kingdom Help us not to stumble or fall Help us not to stumble or fall Verse 2 Spirit convictor of sinners Enlighten us to our great need Equip us …

Christmas Hymn

An unmarried mother gave birth in a stable by Andrew Pratt An unmarried mother gave birth in a stable, some saw a fulfilment of all they had heard, to others this story, the birth of the Godhead, was more than amazing, was frankly absurd. Some delved into scripture and said that a virgin, was destined to carry a child who …

‘When Two Stars Collide’

A new hymn text from Andrew Pratt Two stars collide, but love is not diminished,while ripples thunder out through time and space,the universe has shuddered down the centuries,but nothing will unsettle given grace.We look into the void, detect the differencewhere gravity, disrupted, ripples on.Our understanding, stressed through awe and wonder,can count again the knowledge that’s been won.Yet wisdom is much …

Short Guide No 17: What are the Arguments For and Against Revising Hymn Texts?

‘Nothing changes here’ or ‘All the changing scenes’? Why would we ever ‘revise’ the words of familiar hymns? We do not change a Shakespeare sonnet or a Beatles song; but we do adopt new Bible versions and modify ancient prayers. In which category do our still-beloved hymns belong? Unlike poems, hymns are for singing together by churches which may be …