Monday, 16 October 2017

Two stars collide - Hymn

Two stars collide, but love is not diminished,
while ripples thunder out through time and space,
the universe has shuddered down the centuries,
but nothing will unsettle given grace.

We look into the void, detect the difference
where gravity, disrupted, ripples on.
Our understanding, stressed through awe and wonder,
can count again the knowledge that’s been won.

Yet wisdom is much more than calculation,
than observations grounded on this earth,
we reach out through a mystery that surrounds us,
toward the source that brought us all to birth.
© Andrew Pratt 16/10/2017 after the detection of gravitational waves caused by the collision to two neutron stars.
Tune: INTERCESSOR

Friday, 29 September 2017

Universal Credit? - a hymn

When clothing or shelter are absent or wanting,
as life becomes difficult, living is raw,
the need of a benefit, now becomes urgent,
yet often delayed and the poor remain poor.

Then how do we see this, as something we beg for?
A love gift assuaging the lack that we feel?
A present disguising our guilt and collusion,
as choices are made, and divisions are real?

But how can we live with such sharp separation,
our frail understanding of how others live?
And what is our charity, depth of our loving,
a sign of our sacrifice, what we can give?

For only when margins can meet at the centre,
when people in honesty walk hand in hand,
when clich├ęs like ‘fairness’ and ‘being together’,
have met with extinction, will love fill this land.
© Andrew Pratt 28/9/2017. Tune: STREETS OF LAREDO

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Monday, 11 September 2017

A Hymn in response to hurricanes and international flooding

Swirling winds and raging oceans
add to hazards we know well, 
jagged rocks and crashing breakers, 
currents swinging with the swell, 
into such a tortured maelstrom 
boats are launched and lives are saved, 
human beings loved and treasured 
where the waters heaved and raved.

Broken buildings, flooded rivers 
add a challenge to be met, 
nature compounds human carnage, 
sights we never will forget;
here where homes had offered comfort 
devastation meets our eyes 
while the thunder of the waters 
drowns the sound of human cries.

God, we cry, as lives are wasted, 
hold us in this living hell, 
where the floods and rising waters 
bring destruction, hold us well.
Lift us out of dereliction, 
help us reach to those in need, 
love them till all fear has foundered,
till they know they’re safe and freed.
© Andrew Pratt 10/9/2017
Tune: HYFRYDOL

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Sunday, 2 July 2017

HYMNS FOR HOPE AND HEALING

HYMNS OF HOPE AND HEALING

A collection of Hymns for Hope and Healing has been published by Stainer & Bell Ltd

Follow this link for details and to purchase the book

Book launch at the Hymn Society in Carmarthen 2017

POETRY/HYMNS FOR HEALING PROJECT, 2017 (Material produced in the face of terrorism)

Collated by my friend and colleague Rex A E Hunt

Rex writes:
Recently I wrote to a group of about 25 people inviting some reflection on the matter of terrorism.
And how we could respond, liturgically.
It followed this comment from one of our colleagues…
'I sometimes wish that someone would write a hymn or two that reflects the agony of the innocent on both sides - the confusions of our faiths and the way of the Jesus of history that directly addresses the issues of now, but I guess  that may be not possible'.

I have received some responses…
RAEH



Saturday, 17 June 2017

IN RESPONSE TO THE GRENFELL TOWER FIRE

Through a glass darkly the smoke is obscuring 
flames that are burning – hell come upon earth; 
hell made by hands with a human intention – 
housing? entrapment? a prison of death?

People of all faiths cry out in their anguish, 
horror and anger inflamed by their grief; 
others reach out through the fierce conflagration, 
risking their lives just to offer relief.

This is salvation in practical action, 
not some theology – heartless – obscure; 
hands reaching out like the strong hands of Jesus, 
offering love, but can hope be secure?
© Andrew Pratt 15/6/2017

Sunday, 4 June 2017

In response to violence and terrorism in our cities

Hopeless to help in the face of catastrophe,
helpless while watching this picture unfold,
see history repeating with such regularity,
innocents injured while violence takes hold.

Where is the love when our cities are targeted,
common humanity shattered or lost?
How can we love when such hatred is harvested,
offering grace while not counting the cost?

Stir up compassion to heal our communities,
love reaching deep to the centre of loss,
meeting each neighbour in horror and fearfulness,
draw us together through comfort and cross.
© Andrew Pratt 4/6/2017

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