A Hymn for New Year (website only)

(Text based on Jeremiah 31: 7-14)

This day is a day of both prayer and of praising,
of gathʹring the nations from east and from west,
the people far south, from the north are arising,
this day is the day when the nations are blessed.

This year is the year of divine consolation.
The poor will not stumble, the weak will not fall.
The hungry are feasting, the children are dancing.
The outcast are welcomed, they come at Godʹs call.

This vision of newness, of hope for the future,
is set out before us as challenge and choice,
yes this is the labour to which God is calling,
to bring in this kingdom, this cause to rejoice.

Words: © Andrew Pratt

Metre: 12.11.12.11.

Suggested tunes: “The road and miles to Dundee” (StF 604) or “Streets of Laredo”

Categories: 12.11.12.11., Commitment/Dedication, Hymns only online (submit to stfplus@methodistchurch.org.uk), Justice and Peace, New Year: Watchnight, Praise and Thanksgiving, Pratt, Andrew, The road and miles....

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