Sunday 1 July 2007

God, in many ways you meet us

A hymn by Kim Fabricius

(Tune: Servant Song)

God, in many ways you meet us,
speak to us in world and church,
in the quake and in the quiet,
when we flee and as we search.

In the splendour of the sunlight,
in the sparkle of a star,
we see something of your glory,
catch a glimpse of who you are.

On the canvas of an artist,
in composer’s sacred song,
through the verse and voice of poet,
we sense worlds for which we long.

In the otherness of stranger
and familiar face of friend,
we are entertaining angels
whom your holy love commends.

When our lives are running smoothly,
when our hopes have turned to dust,
through our joys and through our sorrows,
in your providence we trust.

God, in word and wine we meet you
in this sacramental space;
from the pulpit, on the table,
close encounters with your grace.


Anonymous said...

Kim, are you sure the tune to this isn't "Found a Peanut", or "All the Nice Girls Love a Sailor"? :-)
(Which is the same tune as 'Tantum Ergo Sacramentum', if you think about it...)

I always enjoy your Sunday hymns, even if sung to the wrong tunes. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hi Theodora,

I love your reference to "the wrong tunes"! I regularly take services at our local Methodist church here in Wales (UK), and the folk there sing many of the same hymns that we sing in my own local United Reformed church - but set to different tunes.

All the hymns that Ben posts with my name attached are my own creations, so though I cannot write music, with guidance from musically literate friends I select the tunes. But I am more than happy that if people want to use my hymns, they choose whatever tune they like. I mean, if my own church and the church across the street sing the same hymn to different tunes, there is bound to be enormous variation when you factor in further denominations and nations.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for that Kim, it was a blessing.

graham old said...

Loved the lyrics. However, I kept hoping there was going to be a line to the effect of, 'but in these last days, he has spoken to us through his son.'

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