God eternal, timeless moment

1.  God eternal, timeless moment,
    unnamed Name of majesty,
    morning star and evening glory,
    source of life — its destiny:
      you yet chose to shape and name us,
      wove us in the deepest earth;
      you ordained our days before us,
      gave us freedom, gave us worth.

2.  Jesus, helper in our sorrow,
    Christ, who helpless chose to be:
    is it sacrifice to follow
    you to Calvary's cruel tree?
      Grant us courage, grant us grace to
      die to self and love you still;
      counting all things loss to know you,
      walk your way and live your will.

3.  Holy Spirit, word of wisdom,
    dove descending, wind and fire:
    sighing deep beyond our knowledge
    search our minds, our lives inspire.
      Tongues of flame and tongues of language
      blaze the Word of God abroad;
      may we here translate your wisdom,
      guide your world to Christ her Lord.

4.  God beyond us, God among us,
    ever three, yet ever one:
    re-create us, re-confirm us,
    re-inspire us, lead us on.
      God eternal, go before us;
      Christ companion, come beside;
      Spirit, be the life within, through
      whom our God is glorified.

Suggested tune: Blaenwern. (Note: Hyfrydol and Abbot's Leigh are not suitable because of enjambment within the text, e.g. 2:5-6; 4:7-8)

Words: Copyright © David Lee, 2012

See also commentary and notes

Copyright © David Lee
E-mail: t.d.lee@servicemusic.org.uk
WWW: http://www.servicemusic.org.uk/
Last updated: 1 June 2017