God marks no ending, only new beginnings – a hymn for times of change/moves of Circuit…

1          God marks no ending, only new beginnings,
            until the consummation of our lives;
            God keeps no count of losses, nor of winnings:
            we move through grace, the holy spirit thrives.

2          So as we go beyond this time, this setting,
            rememb'ring all the laughter and the tears;
            we go with God in faith, so not regretting
            the moments shared, the hopes, the dreams, the fears.

3          Though parted for a while, we travel onward,
            not knowing what the future has in store.
            This phase will close, the spirit draws us forward,
            we've tasted love, but God has promised more!

Andrew E. Pratt (born 1948) Words © 2006 Stainer & Bell Ltd, London, England copyright@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: 11 10 11 10
Tune; LORD OF THE YEARS

God marks no ending, only new beginnings – Hymn/Poem – Methodist New Year – and other times of change or new-ness or loss

God marks no ending, only new beginnings,
until the consummation of our lives;
God keeps no count of losses, nor of winnings:
we move through grace, the holy spirit thrives.

So as we go beyond this time, this setting,
rememb’ring all the laughter and the tears;
we go with God in faith, so not regretting
the moments shared, the hopes, the dreams, the fears.

Though parted for a while, we travel onward,
not knowing what the future has in store.
This phase will close, the spirit draws us forward,
we’ve tasted love, but God has promised more!

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.

11 10 11 10 Suggested Tune: LORD OF THE YEARS