1 Our chief inspiration, our primary purpose
is knowing and loving you, God of us all:
one Trinity merciful, holy, immortal:
our joy is to hear and respond to your call.

2 Our mainspring of action, our constant endeavour,
to trust in your promises, keep your commands:
to serve and to suffer, to rise and to witness;
to place every burden in your mighty hands.

3 Our daily delight, our unswerving direction,
first hidden in secret, then openly shown:
to worship with listening, and pray with thanksgiving,
to live in your presence and make your truth known.

4 Our prime motivation and permanent challenge,
the pages of Scripture, the Spirit within;
when you are denied or opposed or avoided
by us or our neighbours, our battles begin.

5 One Father of glory, one Jesus the Saviour,
one Spirit of life giving birth from above:
one God all-creating, redeeming, indwelling,
all praise for your faithfulness, wisdom and love.


Christopher M Idle (b.1938)
© Christopher M Idle, admin. The Jubilate Group
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