These hymn texts mostly attempt to express some feature of our faith that is otherwise lacking into today's hymnody.
Also included here is a hymn text by Sue Gilmurray, reproduced here with her kind permission, which deserves to be far more widely known.
|God eternal, timeless moment||Blaenwern||
A strongly Trinitarian hymn. Includes themes of mission, outreach, redemptive suffering and Pentecost.
Norwegian translation: Gud vår Skaper, tidløs, evig
|Commentary||UK Methodist Church Singing the Faith|
|In chaos and nothingness||[PDF]||Creation, wonder, science. A hymn to celebrate science and our omniscient God.||Commentary||American Scientific Affiliation "God and Nature", Winter 2019 (one minor edit since made to hymn)|
|Lord Christ, your throne||Finlandia||Adoration; creation; reign of Christ. From Hebrews 1.||Commentary|
|Make straight the way||Kingsfold||Mission, ordination, confirmation, commitment. "Way, truth, life".||Commentary||Worship in the City (United Churches of Canada)|
|Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord||
The solemn tune Gresford,
a.k.a. "The Miners' Hymn", was written
in response to the 1934 Gresford colliery disaster.
My text, based on Psalm 130, aims to stay faithful
to the tune's mining roots.
Recording courtesy of Niamh Prior, Bishop Auckland Methodist Church.
|Commentary||Durham Newlink, 2009.|
|Over the darkness (God of creation)||[PDF]||A song-like hymn about darkness and light, chaos and order, at creation, at the incarnation, at the crucifixion and resurrection and in our lives.||Commentary|
|Sing alleluias to the Lord||
Lasst Uns Erfreuen
|Psalm 98 paraphrase.|
|Sing unto the Lord a fresh, new song||
|Psalm 96 paraphrase, written specifically to the opening theme of Elgar's First Symphony.|
|Sovereign Lord, let nations tremble||
|Psalm 99: close paraphrase.||Commentary|
|You once favoured, Lord, your people||
|Psalm 85 paraphrase. Suitable for Advent 2.|
|Texts by Sue Gilmurray|
|Carol for the world (The northern world grows dark and cold)||Kingsfold||Advent, Christmas. Written in the wake of the Twin Towers events, New York, of 11th September, 2001 (9/11).|