Hymn 336     

1 Christ is our light!  the bright and morning star

covering with radiance all from near and far.

Christ be our light, shine on, shine on we pray

into our hearts, into our world today.

2 Christ is our love!  baptized that we may know

The love of God among us, swooping low.

Christ be our love, bring us to turn our face

and see in you the light of heaven’s embrace.

3 Christ is our joy!  transforming wedding guest!

Through water turned to wine the feast was blessed.

Christ be our joy; your glory let us see,

as your disciples did in Galilee.

Hymn 253      

1 Inspired by love and anger

disturbed by need and pain,

informed of God’s own bias,

we ponder once again:

‘How long must some folk suffer?

How long can few folk mind?

How long dare vain self-interest?

Turn prayer and pity blind?

2  From those for ever victims

of heartless human greed,

their cruel plight composes

a litany of need:

‘Where are the fruits of justice?

Where are the signs of peace?

When is the day when prisoners

and dreams find their release?’

3 From those for ever shackled

to what their wealth can buy,

the fear of lost advantage

provokes the bitter cry,

‘Don’t query our position!

Don’t criticise our wealth!

Don’t mention those exploited

by politics and stealth!’

4 To God, who through the prophets

proclaimed a different age,

we offer earth’s indifference,

its agony and rage:

‘When will the wrongs be righted?

When will the kingdom come?

When will the world be generous

to all instead of some?’

5 God asks, ‘Who will go for me?

Who will extend my reach?

And who, when few will listen,

will prophesy and preach?

And who, when few bid welcome,

will offer all they know?

And who, when few dare follow,

will walk the road I show?’

6 Amused in someone’s kitchen,

asleep in someone’s boat,

attuned to what the ancients

exposed, proclaimed, and wrote,

a saviour without safety,

a tradesman without tools

has come to tip the balance

with fishermen and fools.