This hymns was written over 30 yeaars ago after reading Stephen Hawking's Brief history of time 1 The God of cosmic question Surprises by his birth, Not in some new dimension But on this ravaged earth! 2 In quasars, quarks and pulsars We seek the cosmic truth: The ground of our existence That set creation loose, 3 And human senses lead us, Through all they analyse, From arrogance to wonder, To spiritual surprise. 4 But senses have their limits: Unanswered still there lies The single, deepest question Our intellect supplies. 5 Yet history proffers insight: The Christ of time and space Speaks of a God incarnate Amid this curious race: 6 Alive within our compass, Upon this ravaged earth, The God of cosmic question Surprises by his birth! Andrew E Pratt (born 1948) © 1991 Stainer & Bell Ltd 7 6 7 6 Iambic Tunes: KINGS LYNN (also COSMIC QUESTION) Published in Blinded by the Dazzle Alternative second verse - 2 At scientific frontiers We seek the cosmic truth: The ground of our existence That set creation loose,
1 God would not will what we have seen, the terror, violence, death; for God is love, the source of life, the essence of our breath. 2 God would not break the damaged reed, the smouldering wick is fanned; yet human power, our want and greed can counter what God planned. 3 Our will is free, our way we choose, to act for good or ill, to offer love, to calm or heal, to damage or to kill. 4 God give us courage in the face of carnage that we see, to work for life, to live for love, to set your people free. Andrew E. Pratt (born 1948) (alt Andrew Pratt 13/8/2021 Words © 2006 Stainer & Bell Ltd, London, England, http://www.stainer.co.uk. Please include any reproduction for local church use on your CCL Licence returns. All wider and any commercial use requires prior application to Stainer & Bell Ltd. Metre: CM
A reminder underlined by COVID-19 that we are all in this together – and still more counties could be added – on world …. Amazing grace
When strangers are unwelcome When strangers are unwelcome the church’s heart beats slow, the lost who run from danger have nowhere left to go. No words of grace are spoken while, looking on the world, the heart of God is broken: love’s banner tightly furled. The people at our borders who need compassion now, reach out for care and shelter, but rules will not allow these ones to seek asylum: we put up legal walls. Before we’ve even met them we disregard their calls. Then images from scripture speak judgment on the church, and call for clearer thinking as values seize or lurch. The Christ that we would worship would turn the world around, and shake us from our comfort, our certain, solid ground. Then shatter walls and windows and let the church reach out, and not with Psalms and anthems, but anger, let us shout condemning every outrage that demonises life, and break the laws that damage, evoking human strife. Andrew Pratt 30/7/2021 Words © 2021 Stainer & Bell Ltd, London, England firstname.lastname@example.org . Please include any reproduction for local church use on your CCL Licence returns. All wider and any commercial use requires prior application to Stainer & Bell Ltd. Metre: 22.214.171.124 D Tune: AURELIA; KINGS LYNN Inspired by a front page item in the Methodist Recorder 30/7/2021 involving an interview with Rev Inderjit Bhogal.