Creed

Tune: God Rest You Merry

We sing the faith of Holy Church,
The family of the Lord
Made one by God in Jesus Christ,
By earth and heaven adored:
The Father who has all things made
And on us blessings poured:
O Lord, we love you and believe,
and believe!
O Lord, we love you and believe!

The angel to the Virgin came
Announcing the Lord’s birth
As Jesus Christ, pure Mary’s son,
To save the fallen earth.
He lived, and on the cross he died –
Love spent beyond all worth:
O Lord, we love you and believe,
and believe!
O Lord, we love you and believe!

On the third day he rose again
As by the Scriptures told;
Then into heaven glorified:
Th’eternal shepherd’s fold.
And he shall come at end of time
To start the age of gold:
O Lord, we love you and believe,
and believe!
O Lord, we love you and believe!

The Spirit’s life fills all the world
With healing gifts and power.
We are the Church, the apostles’ heirs,
Where fellowship must flower
In sin forgiven – Christ’s risen life
That frees us from death’s hour:
O Lord, we love you and believe,
and believe!
O Lord, we love you and believe!

© Neil Thompson 2004

Gloria

Tune: Battle Hymn

We give the Father glory and we pray for peace on earth
As we praise the Lord and sing to heaven our highest songs of worth.
We worship God and give him thanks who brings all things to birth:
The Father’s love gives life.
Glory, glory, alleluia!
Glory, glory, alleluia!
Glory, glory, alleluia!
The Father’s love gives life.

O Jesus Christ, the only Son, you take away our sin.
You save the world, O Lamb of God, the final victory win.
Receive our prayer, O Holy One, and give us peace within:
God’s love in Christ has shone.
Glory, glory, alleluia!
Glory, glory, alleluia!
Glory, glory, alleluia!
God’s love in Christ has shone.

For you, O Christ, are seated at the right of God most high,
With the Holy Spirit, you are one, as angels sing and cry.
Their songs of praise take up our hymn and to God’s throne they fly:
God’s Spirit leads us on.
Glory, glory, alleluia!
Glory, glory, alleluia!
Glory, glory, alleluia!
God’s Spirit leads us on.

© Neil Thompson 2000

Gloria

Tune: Iris

God in heav’n we give you glory,
Father of all time and space.
You have made creation’s story,
Formed in time the human race.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Then in Jesus Christ appearing
In a lowly stable bare.
God, by angels all revering,
Born on earth our life to share.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Jesus, crucified and risen
Gives us all eternal life.
Love divine breaks death’s dark prison;
Spirit’s gifts end fear and strife.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.

So two thousand years of blessing
Christ bestows from heaven above.
Yet our world with troubles pressing
Needs his Jubilee of love.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Set us free from past and present,
God incarnate, lowly born,
Give us faith and love’s discernment
With the third millennium’s dawn.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.

© Neil Thompson 1999

Gloria

Tune: Winchester Old

Glory to God! Our hearts we raise
To you our heavenly King!
We give you thanks, we worship you
As we your praises sing.

Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God,
You banish this world’s sin.
Have mercy as we hail your birth
And grant us peace within.

O Spirit strong and yet unseen
By eyes with self so flawed.
Give us the sight that sets us free
To make your name adored.

‘All glory be to God on high,
And on the earth be peace;
Good–will henceforth from heaven to men
Begin and never cease.’

© Neil Thompson 1998