This hymn by my friend Kim Fabricius seems appropriate for All Saints.
(Tune: Drakes Broughton)
Lord, we thank you for tradition,
for the Fathers and the Creeds,
for Reformersâ€™ erudition,
speaking to the churchâ€™s needs.
And we thank you for their power
to transcend a single time,
pressing on the present hour
with still fruitful paradigms.
But, Lord, save us from supposing
that our callingâ€™s to repeat
what the church once said, so closing
minds to truths yet incomplete.
Teach us, Lord, the pastâ€™s potential
for creation, not control,
lest we, seeking whatâ€™s essential,
take the partial for the whole.
When we see your glory blazing,
our best thoughts will seem like straw;
how can human words and phrasing
capture God whoâ€™s always more?
Could this be the first use in hymnody of the word “paradigm”?