A couple of Sundays ago, chilling out at home after a mid-afternoon service, I tuned into the middle an old Mel Gibson flick. Our Mel had just advised a 10-year-old boy to go and spill his heart to a girl in his class that he fancies. So the lad climbs a tree next to the girlâ€™s house in the middle of the night, throws some stones at her window, and when she gets up and opens it, he starts singing, â€œYou are my sunshine, my only sunshineâ€. Itâ€™s a song that always makes me smile â€“ and sing along. And I thought, maybe thereâ€™s a ditty of a hymn in that tune. There was â€“ and here it is. I hope you like it.
Eternal Father, almighty Father,
you made the heavens and formed the earth;
you shaped all creatures
with wondrous features,
and in time brought Jesus to birth.
Eternal Jesus, incarnate Jesus,
the one who sits at the Fatherâ€™s knee,
through human mother
became our brother,
lived and died for me, even me.
Eternal Spirit, life-giving Spirit,
love of the Father, love of the Son,
you live inside us
and safely guide us
through the church to worlds yet to come.
O Liberator, Son and Creator,
we worship you, Lord, in song and prayer;
your soul is gracious,
your heart is spacious,
in your joyful being we share.
[Richard adds: it makes a change from Wesley!
By coincidence, this has also been posted at Faith and Theology. Great minds..., eh Ben?!]