Boundless love in all creation,
Source and pulse of human life,
Unseen hope of every nation,
Healer of disease and strife;
You are rich beyond our dreaming,
Bursting forth in sacred mirth,
Light and colour gaily streaming
Through the dull affairs of earth.
Doctrines, creeds and forms of worship
Dimly focus our belief,
Falter lamely after Lordship,
Bringing groping minds relief.
For no concept can contain you,
You are greater than them all;
And the rules we make to bind you
Hold ourselves, not God, in thrall.
Love and mercy, grace and healing
In a thousand forms we find;
You have countless ways of dealing
With the quest of humankind.
World religions trace the story:
Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Jew,
Each has caught a glimpse of glory;
All have heard a word from you.
Ever growing in our learning
From the folk of other creeds,
May we humbly with discerning
Follow where the Spirit leads.
Banish fears and indecision,
Fruitful dialogue afford;
Bid us share the priceless vision
We have seen in Christ our Lord!
Tune: Abbot’s Leigh (or other 126.96.36.199.D)
© David Stevenson 2010