A hymn of confidence in God

by Richard on May 14, 2011

I know — I usually post a hymn on a Sunday. I’ll probably still share a bit of Wesley tomorrow. But here’s a hymn written in response to 9/11 by British Methodist Minister Gareth Hill. I hope he won’t mind. I’ve used it several times in worship and I think it is particularly helpful. The tune is Vox Dilecti (’I heard the voice of Jesus say’)

When mountains that we thought secure
lie crumbled where we stand
and pain and helplessness endure
- all from another’s hand -
Help us to bear the prophet’s mark,
to stand apart from hate
and witness to the Father’s call
for justice in the land.

God is our strength and refuge still
though all the earth give way;
our help at every time of ill,
the light of our dark day.
And as his people in the world
we bear the scars of grief,
but echo faith’s resounding note
- and still for justice pray.

There is a place of holiness
where God makes warfare cease.
There is a day of hopefulness,
a promised time of peace.
So, here today, we bear the pain
of inhumanity,
but pledge our lives to live for truth
so justice may increase

Gareth Hill

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }


DaveW 05.14.11 at 9:44 am

Thanks Richard. I had heard of it but not seen the words.

Gareth, good hymn. Appropriate, challenging, faithful and hopeful.


PamBG 05.14.11 at 1:16 pm

Thanks for posting this evil hymn. I’d not heard it and was curious what the words were after seeing it condemned by the Great Defender of The Methodist Faith.


Richard 05.14.11 at 1:27 pm

The other hymns are on their way Pam.


fat prophet 05.14.11 at 2:20 pm

I do wonder who on earth can Pam be referring to?


Richard 05.14.11 at 2:26 pm

I couldn’t possibly speculate.


Tony Buglass 05.14.11 at 5:49 pm

Well, I tried to post in his blog this morning, but it hasn’t got through moderation yet. Perhaps he’s just busy. Or perhaps I’ve been censored because I referred to Connexions. We’ll see…


Bene D 05.14.11 at 11:09 pm

Who is running the UK Methodist Church - David Hallam and the Simon Wiesenthal Centre?

Whoever Hallam spoke to in the US, he blogs about as if their words were given to senior management at Church House directly by the Centre and not solicited by him and through him.

If Hallam has his way he’ll be running your denomination in no time. He certainly is getting a lot of exercise dictating to it.

What a wonderful response to 9/11 by Gareth Hill. I shall have to find more of his hymns. Thanks Richard.


Kim 05.15.11 at 7:57 am

I always think of MP as the kind of guy the Marx Brothers used to send up in their films - self-important, overweening, pompous, full of self-righteous indignation. And, with the Marx Brothers, steeped in the wisdom of Jewish humour, I think the best way to take him seriously is not to take him seriously. Nothing disarms a threat like laughter.


Richard 05.15.11 at 9:11 am

The thing is, I know he makes an important contribution to his church and circuit. He could be a great asset to the Connexion. I wish he would be.


Kim 05.15.11 at 9:52 am

Yes, I know, and he is there or thereabouts on many domestic social issues too.

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