Deep in our hearts God's truth is born

Metre: 87 98 87Besancon

Deep in our hearts God’s truth is born,
Gift of grace and light of dawn;
When days are short the night is bringing
Peace to earth and angels’ singing.
God’s gift is wrapped in Advent days
Wait, be still, to learn love’s ways.

Heaven breaks in to change each day:
Love is formed in human clay.
God is the gift: the one who’s giving
Breath to dust in mortal living.
God’s gift is wrapped in Advent days
Wait, be still, to learn love’s ways.

When it is hard to trust the love
Hid – beyond, below, above:
Here is a gift that’s like no other –
God in Jesus is our brother.
God’s gift is wrapped in Advent days
Wait, be still, to learn love’s ways.

Fear, doubt and loss grip every mind –
Peace and truth are hard to find.
Great is God’s gift when life is ended:
All that’s broken then is mended.
God’s gift is wrapped in Advent days
Wait, be still, to learn love’s ways.

Judgment and death bring pain and fear;
God is born to share each tear.
Love reaches out to meet our crying
Through our birth and in our dying.
God’s gift is wrapped in Advent days
Wait, be still, to learn love’s ways.

© Neil Thompson 2012

Advent Hymn 2003

Metre: Long MetreTune: Winchester New

The days that lead to Christmastide
Are filled with voices that have cried:
The present meets the coming age
As Christ draws near in scripture’s page!

We need to stop to hear this call
And let our false defences fall.
Each passing age deceives and kills
God’s gentle word with selfish thrills.

These Advent days need peace and calm
To see below the lure and harm
Of living for ourselves alone
And placing pleasure on self’s throne.

The road that led to Bethlehem
Took Mary’s child, of Jesse’s stem,
To stable, cross and poverty
In sharing our humanity.

Prepare us, Lord, that you may find
A church renewed in heart and mind –
So Christ will live for all to see
In faith and hope and charity.

© Neil Thompson 2003

Advent Hymn

Metre: 87 87 47Tune: Helmsley

Hid within our daily living
God’s pure light and glory burn;
By his Spirit ever giving
Meaning to each change and turn.
Now in Jesus
Comes the truth that all can learn.

Prophets’ words and Bible stories
Turn our thoughts and hearts to God:
Look beyond time’s passing glories –
To the ways that truth has trod.
God incarnate,
Rule our world with love’s true rod!

Wars and conflicts never ending
Shake our world from age to age.
God now to his children sending
Peace to quell our selfish rage.
Holy Saviour
Walks with us through history’s page.

Death and judgement, hell and heaven:
Advent speaks its truth today.
At the end of time come seven
Angels of th’eternal day:
Jesus mercy,
Save us at the last, we pray!

Christ in glory, draw creation
Into one – as God is one:
To the Father, adoration,
With the Spirit and the Son!
Praise and glory –
Now the Kingdom has begun!

© Neil Thompson 2002