Upon the death of Queen Elizabeth II: a hymn 

We stand to mourn a sovereign, a nation's guide and friend, who through long years of tumult was faithful to the end. We offer our thanksgiving for all that she instilled: her constancy of service, her lifetime's vow fulfilled. Now from our world departed - though never from our hearts - receive her in the peace, Lord, your love alone imparts. And as we mark a …

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“For whom are we singing?”

Here's the homily I offered at a recent "Songs of Praise" service with Churches Together for Chipping Barnet. The main Bible readings were Psalm 19:1-4 and John 11:32-44. The heavens are telling God's glory (announces the Psalmist), for the whole created universe is a testament to God's artistry and power. Yet for all its eloquence, that is …

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Hymn: Come people of the Lord

Come people of the Lord: God's purposes recall, whose love, made known in deed and word, gives life to all. United by God's hand our forebears served God's will; where once they stood, today we stand to serve God still. Come all who walk Christ's way, with him proclaim release: injustice shall no more hold sway, its thrall must cease. Reformed by God's decree we herald here …

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Hymn: The earth is yours, O Lord our God

The earth is yours, O Lord our God, and everything that's in it; mere aliens and tenants we, yet still we strive to win it. So easily seduced and swayed by Empire's brash occlusion, we overlook your leasehold-terms: "enjoyment, not exclusion". And on this cusp of Jubilee we've recognised temptation to seek to 'wow' a fickle crowd, sidestepping true vocation. But we believe you've brought us …

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Hymn: When may we join salvation’s song?

Following many months of strict guidance to refrain from congregational singing, churches in England have been told that restrictions on mask-wearing, distancing, and music-making will end on 19 July. Yet there is continuing concern in the scientific community and elsewhere about the propensity of existing and new Covid variants to be spread by the kind …

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