Lift high the banner of these games (website only)

Lift high the banner of these games
in this Olympic year,
that as we forge relationships
respect might cast out fear.
Whatever name or creed we bear,
we share a common birth,
our skill and our ability
is drawn from all the earth.

Four billion people watch and cheer,
each country hand in hand;
where race and faith and nation meet
we pledge to make a stand:
through training we achieve each goal,
the victory is won.
A greater challenge far, for all:
to treat this world as one.

And so, O God, we pray for grace
in each success or loss,
that we might find humility
to bear each crown or cross;
in circles of communion
to share a common task;
to work for peace, to build fresh hope,
is all we seek or ask.

Download PDF of tune “Twenty twelve” by Sue Gilmurray in unison version or SATB version.

Words: Andrew Pratt (born 1948) © 2012 Stainer & Bell Ltd, London, England,
Please include any reproduction for local church use on your CCL Licence returns. All wider and any commercial use requires prior application to Stainer & Bell Ltd.

Metre: 86.86.D.

Tune: Twenty twelve © Sue Gilmurray 2012

Alternative tune: Vox dilecti (StF 248)

Categories: 86.86.D. Double Common Metre, Commitment/Dedication, Gilmurray, Sue, Hymns only online (submit to, Pratt, Andrew, Reconciliation and Healing, Twenty twelve, Vox Dilecti.

One Response to Lift high the banner of these games (website only)

  1. Mandy Stoner says:

    Thank you for this hymn, I will use it as a meditation for a service on Hebrews 12:1-13 “run the straight race” in August 2012. These resources are very useful.

    Thank you


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