Thanks for friends who keep on loving,
finding ways to help us grow,
celebrating our achievements,
sharing in our pain and woe.
God is glimpsed where love is faithful:
mirrored here in time and space.
Thanks to God for friends who love us:
Christ revealed in every face.
Other people help to shape us
when they take the time to share
words of wisdom, honest actions
through our journey in God’s care.
In our faithful, honest learning
we discover things unknown.
Thanks to God for friends who teach us:
seeking talent yet ungrown.
When we find our friendships challenged
through mistakes and different views,
we discover deeper living
as the love of God renews.
For in Christ we see forgiveness;
know a strength still to embrace.
Thanks to God for friends who keep us:
making real the gift of grace.
Praise to God for this great gifting
of relationship and friend:
imaging divine relating;
found in heaven with no end.
Bless us Maker, Word and Spirit
as companions on the way.
Thanks to God for friends who help us
to fulfil our lives each day.
© Gary Hopkins
Metre: 87 87 D
Suggested tunes: Heanish or Ode to Joy
Available in Singing the Faith, no. 619
Come, all who seek for love and its renewing,
gather in peace and look to God above;
unfold hard hearts and let Christ’s swift enduing
renew, restore and fill each heart with love.
Love is the key to unlock heaven’s beauty,
with every turn God’s power can make a way;
strength found in love that’s true and not cold duty:
love’s climax opens God’s eternal day.
When guilt destroys the hope, and joy is far gone,
love’s promise stays and echoes once again:
nothing can part us from God’s love and pardon,
the end in Christ is in God’s heavenly reign.
Then at the end, with Christ, there’ll be love’s treasure,
sealed with the kiss of Spirit, Maker, Word,
flung open wide with joy beyond all measure,
consumed in love and harmony restored.
© Gary Hopkins 2010
The gift of freedom brings us choice
which often makes us torn:
should we fulfil our earthly wants
or live our lives reborn?
Each choice we make is like a drop
that falls into a lake
and ripples out beyond our sight
with power to make or break.
God, make us wise to our impact
in choices we control
and help us choose the way of Christ
that makes another whole.
Forgive us, God, when freedom brings
enslavement and abuse;
encourage us to sacrifice
and think each time we choose.
O God of love, expand our minds
to see beyond the shore
and look at how each drop affects
the world that you adore.
© Gary Hopkins 2012
Metre: 86 86
Suggested tune: Contemplation
God formed the mountaintops
and gave to each their height,
and shaped the starry skies
that twinkle through the night.
So let our voices join in praise,
for God is good, our hearts we raise!
As age-to-age has passed,
the Spirit’s made the call
and lives have been transformed
like Samuel, Ruth and Paul.
God came to earth and shared
in human life and death:
Its joy, its hurt, its pain
and loved with every breath.
With justice, love and peace,
the hands of God embrace
the world and yearn to bring
release in every place.
This same creating God,
who circles us with love,
is here amongst us now,
present, and yet above!
© Gary Hopkins 2007
Metre: 66 66 88
Suggested tune: Millennium
The Light of Christ now guides the way to go,
shines through our hearts, so all the world can know:
God loves and cares for all humanity
and yet we hide that light too easily!
This dwindling light must into action leap,
the Church must rise where it is deep asleep;
Christ calls us on to share the grace love’s given
and distribute the blessings of God’s heaven.
Not for a few did to the cross Christ go,
but for all people, God’s vast love to show;
then let us stand and shout that it is done,
all may now come and know life through the Son.
Outward we’re called, now stop the search within;
self-centredness has been the Church’s sin!
There is a world that cries in agony,
wake up, O Christians, look around and see.
Spirit renew our lives in serving all,
let every church hear God’s embracing call:
go through the world and preach the risen Son,
show those who long, what God, for all, has done!
© Gary Hopkins 2006
Metre: 10 10 10 10
Suggested tune: Woodlands