Thursday, May 21, 2009

Hymns focussing on God's Word written

At CCM, where I'm the Assistant Minister, I always try to make sure we sing a hymn just before the reading or sermon which picks up on that aspect of the service. So: How Sure the Scriptures Are; Speak O Lord; Your Word is a Lamp; King of Kings, Majesty; God has Spoken; How Firm a Foundation; Now in Reverence and Awe and so on...

But I just found these words by Christopher Idle, and they fit really well to the tune of 'Great is Thy Faithfulness' - but that tune requires a chorus. So, I've had a go - and I'm hoping your comments can improve on it prior to its first outing next Sunday (31st May 2009).

Powerful in making us wise to salvation,
Witness to faith in Christ Jesus the Word;
Breathed out for all by the life-giving Father
These are the scriptures and thus speaks the Lord
God-breathed to teach us, living to shape us,
Powerful sword of the Spirit, God's Word!
Help us to change, giving humble attention;
Teach us obedience for you are our Lord.
Hammer for action and compass for travel,
Map in the desert and lamp in the dark;
Teaching, rebuking, correcting and training - 
These are the scriptures and this is their work.
God-breathed to teach us...
Prophecy, history, song and commandment,
Gospel and letter and dream from on high;
Words of the wise who were steered by the Spirit - 
These are the scriptures on them we rely.
God-breathed to teach us...
Gift for God's servants to fit them completely,
Full equipping to walk in his ways;
Guide to good work and effective believing - 
These are the scriptures, for these we give praise!
God-breathed to teach us...
Verses (c) Christopher Idle / Jubilate Hymns
Chorus (c) Andrew Towner 2009

BTW: The original (without the chorus) goes to other tunes, but I'm not sure CCM would know them, which is why I've gone for this whole chorus-writing plan...