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 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