Hymns

Olympic Hymn: A prize that won’t perish

Written at the time of the UK-wide Torch Relay in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics, this hymn might be useful every four years or so?!

A prize that won’t perish,
a race to be run:
our service wholehearted
till victory is won.
We shall not keep silent,
nor flee from God’s call:
the torch of salvation
we’ll carry to all.

Your love shining bright on every street,
your Spirit is near;
your word as a light to guide our feet,
we’ll run without fear.
A relay of peace from hand to hand,
your praises we’ll bring!
Your glory increase in every land,
Christ Jesus our King!

The Games of the ancients
caused battles to cease,
as messengers summoned
each city in peace.
Now as the world gathers,
may God’s peace be known:
in Christ reconciling
and claiming his own.

Your love shining bright on every street…

Committed to service
in word and in deed,
our lives an inscription
that runners may read.
As towns upon hillsides
no shadow obscures,
Lord, make of our witness
a light that endures.

Your love shining bright on every street…

Suggested Tune: theme from “Chariots of Fire” by Vangelis
Scriptural references:
1 Corinthians 9.24-27; Isaiah 62.1; Psalm 119.105; 2 Corinthians 5.19; Habakkuk 2.2; Matthew 5.14-16

This hymn text is featured on Singing The Faith Plus.

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