Hymn texts

These hymn texts mostly attempt to express some feature of our faith that is otherwise lacking into today's hymnody.

Also included here is a hymn text by Sue Gilmurray, reproduced here with her kind permission, which deserves to be far more widely known.

Name Tune Comments Commentary Publication
God eternal, timeless moment Blaenwern A strongly Trinitarian hymn. Includes themes of mission, outreach, redemptive suffering and Pentecost.

Norwegian translation: Gud vår Skaper, tidløs, evig
Commentary UK Methodist Church Singing the Faith
In chaos and nothingness [PDF] Creation, wonder, science. A hymn to celebrate science and our omniscient God. Commentary American Scientific Affiliation "God and Nature", Winter 2019 (one minor edit since made to hymn)
Lord Christ, your throne Finlandia Adoration; creation; reign of Christ. From Hebrews 1. Commentary
Make straight the way Kingsfold Mission, ordination, confirmation, commitment. "Way, truth, life". Commentary Worship in the City (United Churches of Canada)
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord Gresford

The solemn tune Gresford, a.k.a. "The Miners' Hymn", was written in response to the 1934 Gresford colliery disaster. My text, based on Psalm 130, aims to stay faithful to the tune's mining roots.

Recording courtesy of Niamh Prior, Bishop Auckland Methodist Church.
Commentary Durham Newlink, 2009.
Over the darkness (God of creation) [PDF] A song-like hymn about darkness and light, chaos and order, at creation, at the incarnation, at the crucifixion and resurrection and in our lives. Commentary
Sing alleluias to the Lord Lasst Uns Erfreuen

Psalm 98 paraphrase.  
Sing unto the Lord a fresh, new song Elgar 1

Psalm 96 paraphrase, written specifically to the opening theme of Elgar's First Symphony.  
Sovereign Lord, let nations tremble Regent Square

Psalm 99: close paraphrase. Commentary
You once favoured, Lord, your people Mannheim

Psalm 85 paraphrase. Suitable for Advent 2.
Texts by Sue Gilmurray
Carol for the world (The northern world grows dark and cold) Kingsfold Advent, Christmas. Written in the wake of the Twin Towers events, New York, of 11th September, 2001 (9/11).