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This is the time of waiting – New Advent Hymn at a time of political change and uncertainty

This is the time of waiting,
the calm before the storm,
the time of Advent judgement,
the coming of the dawn;
a time of recollection,
of Christ’s audacious hope,
beyond imagination,
outside our human scope.

The nations will be gathered,
the age will be fulfilled,
the judgement be enacted,
as Christ had hoped and willed.
But for this consummation
such birth-pangs will be felt,
like rupturing of wine-skins,
the earth will heave and melt.

For love to be exalted,
for hatred to be banned,
our human goals must shatter,
division must be spanned.
A change of mind is needed
as we are turned around,
to move from desecration,
to find love’s solid ground.

Andrew Pratt 27/11/2018
Tune: AURELIA
Published in the Methodist Recorder 6th December 2018
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Fear and foreboding – Hymn – First Sunday in Advent, Luke 21: 25-36

Fear and foreboding clouding perception,
feel the earth shaking, dust fills the air,
nations in torment, war seems unceasing,
justice is absent, nothing seems fair.

How do we read this? Signs of the end times?
Judgment of God-head striking the earth?
Human indifference? Natural disaster?
Hope is extinguished, strangled at birth?

Now in our darkness Jesus is speaking,
not in the thunder, just a quiet voice,
echoing prophets, offering mercy,
whispers of judgment, cause to rejoice!

Here in the present hope is audacious,
God is tenacious counters each lie.
Here where we offer care to our neighbours
grace is abounding, love will not die.
Andrew Pratt 9/11/2012
Metre: 5 5 5 4 D Tune: BUNESSAN
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First Sunday in Advent, Luke 21: 25-36

Deep in darkness – Advent Candle Lighting Hymn

1 Deep in darkness we begin,
dark outside and deep within.
Now ignite a single flame,
shadows form, let light remain.

2 As they gleaned the word of life,
narrative of love and strife,
people through each age have known
yet more light: God’s glory shown.

3 John the Baptist spoke out loud,
challenged that discordant crowd,
called each one toward the light,
see it growing, gleaming bright.

4 Mary wondered at her lot,
blessed?  Or cursed?  Or loved?  Or not?
Angels came and glory shone,
feel the love, let light shine on.

5 Look!  a star is shining there.
See the stable stark and bare.
Christmas dawns, all darkness gone!
Christ has come, the light shines on!
7 7 7 7  Suggested Tune: LAUDS (Wilson)
Andrew E Pratt, taken from Reclaiming Praise      

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God gender neutral say Justin Welby – hardly news!

www.theguardian.com/world/shortcuts/2018/nov/21/not-in-his-name-god-is-gender-neutral-says-archbishop-of-canterbury

Not in His name: God is gender-neutral, says Archbishop of Canterbury – hardly new. Whoever thought human language was competent to describe or name that which we have called ‘God’?