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
This day we come to celebrate
the love that calls uniting;
a gift from God that is so great,
two joining, with rejoicing.
Deep love, together bind these two;
their paths be shared, one journey!
Beginnings new, come breaking through,
and fade the doubts that may be.
With loving hearts, they give to share,
uniting hopes and visions;
commitment here they now declare
with joyous celebrations.
O God of love, give rich blessing
upon love that embraces
and may your presence in loving
be cherished in all places.
© Gary Hopkins 2005
Metre: 87 87
Suggested tune: St Columba