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
Hymn for Easter
When hopes are dashed and all seems lost
in emptiness and silent prayer,
the love of God delights to prove
the possible in sheer despair.
And when the world still crucifies
through selfish acts of hate and greed,
the resurrection light of Christ
seeks to renew in love and deed.
The hand of love that reaches out,
in tender care of human pain,
speaks of the cosmic love of God,
which no confinement could contain.
For when the love of God is glimpsed,
and whispers through each broken place,
an empty tomb is found again
and Jesus lives in time and space.
© Gary Hopkins 2010
Metre: 88 88 (Long Metre)
Suggested tune: O Waly Waly