Throne of Grace (website only)

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May my heart re-tell your story,
may my eyes reflect your glory.
May my arms hold out your power,
may my lips speak of your love.

You are my God.
You are my king.
I bow in awe of you,
as I come before your throne of grace
you cover me with your amazing love.

As I gaze upon your presence
in the sharing of this bread and wine,
may I know your work within me
by your all transforming power.

You are my God.
You are my king.
I bow in awe of you,
as I come before your throne of grace
you cover me with your amazing love.

Give me the strength to walk where you walk,
give me your love to seek the lost.
Give me the courage to take your way
so that all can receive.

You are my God.
You are my king.
I bow in awe of you,
as I come before your throne of grace
you cover me with your amazing love.

Words and music: © Kathy Flynn

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Listen to Kathy perform Throne of Grace with pianist Emma Hagger, in an arrangement by Simon Flynn.

Ideas for use

Kathy’s song offers an alternative style and feel for a communion hymn. Though it clearly suggests a band accompaniment, this isn’t essential, but a keyboard-only accompaniment should be treated with flexibility and (appropriately) “grace”. (Listen to Kathy’s own performance to get a feel of the style and pacing.)

More information

“Throne of Grace” offers a different perspective on the sharing of communion. It joins together the idea of gathering together around the communion table and approaching God’s “throne of grace” – both acts that inspire humility. It offers (unintentionally, perhaps, but instinctively) the intriguing idea that the communion table itself represents God’s throne; that this is where we most fully God’s reality.

Before the communion table/throne is the place, Kathy suggests, where we are transformed and inspired with the “strength to walk where you walk”, in other words to follow the example of God seen in the life and death of Jesus. In Jesus’ last supper with his disciples, to which Kathy alludes, we perceive the sharing, the forgiveness and the love that marked Jesus’ ministry and which itself enacted how God wishes us to be with each other, as also with God.

Kathy Flynn was received into full connexion as minister of the Methodist Church in 2014. Currently she serves the congregation of Bramford Road Methodist Church in Ipswich.

Categories: Flynn, Kathy (auth), Flynn, Kathy (comp), Holy Communion, Hymns only online (submit to stfplus@methodistchurch.org.uk).

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