Hymns For Sunday Morning

Sunday 23 March 2014, with Paul Bushnell

The Angelus by Jean Francois Millet

The Angelus by Jean Francois Millet


Song: Jesu joy of man’s desiring

Artist: Woodford House Chapel Choir
Composer: Bach
Album: Celebration
Label: KSP

Jesu, joy of man's desiring,
Holy wisdom, love most bright;
Drawn by thee, our souls aspiring
Soar to uncreated light.

Word of God, our flesh that fashioned,
With the fire of life impassioned,
Striving still to truth unknown,
Soaring, dying round thy throne.

Song: What sweet of life endureth

Artist: Choir of Manchester Cathedral
Composer: Riley/Jeboult
Album: The Complete New English Hymnal Vol. 18
Label: Priory

What sweet of life endureth
Unmixed with bitter pain?
’Midst earthly change and chances
What glory doth remain?

All is a feeble shadow,
A dream that will not stay;
Death cometh in a moment,
And taketh all away.

O Christ, a light transcendent
Shines in thy countenance,
And none can tell the sweetness,
The beauty of thy glance.

In this may thy poor servant
His joy eternal find;
Thou calledst him, O rest him,
Thou lover of mankind!

Song: O thou in all thy might so far

Artist: Choir of Truro Cathedral
Composer: Hosmer/Shaw
Album: The Complete New English Hymnal Vol. 10
Label: Priory

O thou, in all thy might so far,
In all thy love so near,
Beyond the range of sun and star,
And yet beside us here.

And dearer than all things I know
Is childlike faith to me,
That makes the darkest way I go
An open path to thee.

Song: And now o father mindful of the love

Artist: Choir of Marlborough College Chapel
Composer: Bright/Monk
Album: The Complete New English Hymnal Vol. 2
Label: Priory

And now, O Father, mindful of the love
that bought us, once for all, on Calvary's tree,
and having with us him that pleads above,
we here present, we here spread forth to thee
that only offering perfect in thine eyes,
the one, true, pure, immortal sacrifice.

Look, Father, look on his anointed face,
and only look on us as found in him;
look not on our misusings of thy grace,
our prayer so languid, and our faith so dim:
for lo, between our sins and their reward
we set the passion of thy son our Lord.

And then for those, our dearest and our best,
by this prevailing presence we appeal:
O fold them closer to thy mercy's breast,
O do thine utmost for their souls' true weal;
from tainting mischief keep them white and clear,
and crown thy gifts with strength to persevere.

And so we come: O draw us to thy feet,
most patient saviour, who canst love us still;
and by this food, so aweful and so sweet,
deliver us from every touch of ill:
in thine own service make us glad and free,
and grant us never more to part with thee.

Song: Lord Jesus Christ shall I stand still

Artist: Choir of Knox Church and Knox College, Dunedin
Composer: Bell/Maule (tune trad Scottish)
Album: N/A
Label: Praise Be recording

Lord Jesus Christ, shall I stand still
And stare at you, hung on the tree;
Or shall I move to where you move
And die and live again for me?
Shall I to sin and failure cling,
Consorting with the guilt I hate;
Or on your shoulders shall I fling
The wrong I breed and contemplate?

Shall I your story read and tell
To note your mark on history;
Or shall I make your story mine
And live by faith and mystery?
Shall I embrace the love you show
And covet this sweet holy thing:
Or of that love shall my heart speak,
My hands relate, my being sing?

Shall I retreat from where you fall
And seek a safer path through life;
Or shall I meet you in the world
Where peace is scarce, injustice rife?
Lord Jesus Christ, the God who lives
To love and die and rise again,
Make me the who, and you the why,
Your way the how, and now the when.

Song: Blest are the pure in heart

Artist: Combined Choirs from Boston and Lincolnshire
Composer: H Walford Davies
Album: N/A
Label: BBC

Blest are the pure in heart,
for they shall see our God;
the secret of the Lord is theirs,
their soul is Christ's abode.

The Lord, who left the heavens
our life and peace to bring,
to dwell in lowliness with men,
their pattern and their king;

still to the lowly soul
he doth himself impart
and for his dwelling and his throne
chooseth the pure in heart.

Lord, we thy presence seek;
may ours this blessing be;
give us a pure and lowly heart,
a temple meet for thee.

Song: Thy hand O God has guided thy flock

Artist: Choir of St Edmundsbury Cathedral
Composer: Plumptre/Harwood
Album: The Complete New English Hymnal Vol. 12
Label: Priory

Thy hand, O God, has guided
Thy flock from age to age;
The wondrous tale is written,
Full clear, on every page;
Our fathers owned thy goodness,
And we their deeds record;
And both of this bear witness,
One church, one faith, one lord.

Thy heralds brought glad tidings,
To greatest, as to least;
They bade men rise, and hasten
To share the great king’s feast;
And this was all their teaching,
In every deed and word,
To all alike proclaiming,
One church, one faith, one lord.

Through many a day of darkness,
Through many a scene of strife,
The faithful few fought bravely,
To guard the nation’s life,
Their Gospel of redemption,
Sin pardoned, man restored,
Was all in this enfolded,
One church, one faith, one lord.

And we, shall we be faithless?
Shall hearts fail, hands hang down?
Shall we evade the conflict,
And cast away our crown?
Not so: in God’s deep counsels
Some better thing is stored:
We will maintain, unflinching,
One church, one faith, one lord.

Thy mercy will not fail us,
Nor leave thy work undone;
With thy right hand to help us,
The victory shall be won;
And then, by men and angels,
Thy name shall be adored,
And this shall be their anthem,
One church, one faith, one lord.

Song: Christ is our cornerstone

Artist: Cantus Choro
Composer: Havergal
Album: Songs and praises - from The Australian Hymn Book Vol. 3
Label: Move

Christ is our cornerstone,
on him alone we build;
with his true saints alone
the courts of heaven are filled:
on his great love
our hopes we place
of present grace
and joys above.

O then with hymns of praise
these hallowed courts shall ring;
our voices we will raise
the three in one to sing;
and thus proclaim
in joyful song
both loud and long
that glorious name.

Here, gracious lord, do thou
for evermore draw near;
accept each faithful vow,
and mark each suppliant sigh:
in copious shower
on all who pray,
each holy day
your blessings pour.

Here may we gain from heaven
the grace which we implore;
and may that grace, once given,
be with us evermore,
until that day
when all the blest
to endless rest
are called away.