Change us, God, into the likeness
of yourself, through perfect grace;
let your loving faith unite us,
till in each we see your face.
If you are our common parent
in whose image we are made,
then our varied traits, our being,
in your person are displayed.
In your presence all are welcome,
welcome, just as we are formed,
and where prejudice divides us
let our vision be reformed.
In the tension of deciding
may your gracious spirit lend
openness and understanding,
help our enmity to end.
Andrew Pratt 24/4/2021 Written in response to the Chester & Stoke on Trent Methodist Synod discussion on the report ‘God in Love Unites Us’.
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1 Let us reach beyond the winter through this dark, depressive gloom, may the light of Christ come shining into every shuttered room. 2 May the sunshine of the spring time warm each frozen heart and mind, melting prejudice and anger by love faithful, strong and kind. 3 Now profound anticipation wakens hope and offers grace, as we press, with God beside us, to the future we must face. 4 God who shares our darkest moments, God of harmony and praise, lead us on until you greet us, God the goal of all our days. Andrew Pratt (born 1948) © 2004 Stainer & Bell Ltd 8 7 8 7 Tune: LOVE DIVINE (Stainer) Andrew Pratt Words © 2004 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.
I am saddened that some Christians are unaccepting of people different from themselves and then try to use the Bible to validate their position.