Sunday Service Thoughts

The following words are taken from a hymn that we will be using on Sunday. Andrew Pratt is a prolific modern hymn writer who offers at least one hymn for each week of the lectionary. Without giving my sermon away in its entirety this hymn offers the essence of where my thoughts are thus far. The passage from Matthew 24:1-14 forms the backdrop to a message of standing against corruption, violence and injustice. I suspect the campaigners outside St Paul’s may play a part in Sunday’s service as well.

Eternal fury fires the saints, 
who shake and rattle, push and shove,
who challenge every bland excuse, 
who seek for justice, work for love
They make the world turn upside down, 
they are a catalyst in pain, 
they reach into our deepest hurt, 
they bring the dead to life again.
And here is God, and here is love, 
incarnate in this present place, 
so close to grief in every age,
to channel healing faith and grace.
To listen, wait and weave as one, 
to tell the stories that we know, 
this is the calling that we share, 
to let God’s scary gospel show:
God hangs beyond the edge of hope, 
outside the church, beyond the walls, 
outside the doors that keep us in, 
our neighbour Christ still sings and calls.
©  Andrew Pratt 8/2/2011 

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