Prayers from the New Zealand Hymnwriters

John Thornley, Palmerston North, led the second Advent service at Wesley Broadway on 10 December 2018. Theme focus: Peace.

Each of the four Advent services focused on one country as a recipient of CWS aid, and John’s country was Palestine. John’s chosen theme: ‘No peace without justice/No justice without peace’. Three of the carols chosen were texts by Shirley Erena Murray – Peace Child, Dream a Dream, and All Over Creation.

In the whole service there was a continual linking of the Christmas story 2000 years ago, and the realities of peace/justice issues in 2018. A fourth hymn text – ‘God Weeps’ – was adapted as a response prayer, described not as ‘Confession and Assurance’ but ‘Confession and Commitment’:

Leader: God weeps
at love withheld,
at strength misused,
at children’s innocence abused
All: and till we change the way we love
God weeps.

Leader: God bleeds
at anger’s fist,
at trust betrayed,
at women battered and afraid,
All: and till we change the way we win,
God bleed.

Leader: God cries
at hungry mouths,
at running sores,
at creatures dying without cause,
All: and till we change the way we care
God cries.

Leader: God waits
for stones to melt,
for peace to seed,
for hearts to hold each other’s need,
All: and till we understand the Christ.
God waits.

[Used by permission]

John says, ‘There are many hymn texts in the four NZ hymnbooktrustlogocollections  published by the New Zealand Hymnbook Trust that find a place in worship as prayers/ reflections.’

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12 September: Humour in the hymns of Colin Gibson

29 August: Ariana Tikao, Maori woman musicican

15 August: Bek Coogan, Wellington International Ukelele Orchestra

1 August: No Peace without Justice, No Justice without Peace.

20 June: Natalie Yeoman Yule, Presbyterian singer/songwriter

5 June: Hymns for Pentecost

23 May: Dave Dobbyn

4 April: Hymns for Easter

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