Hymn for LEP Anniversary

St Andrew's Psalter Lane - 18 June 2006

by Nick Jowett (Tune: Greensleeves)

  1. How shall we sing God's kingdom here,

    portrayed for human knowing?

    It's like a tiny mustard seed

    within the garden growing.

    This seed, so hard to see,

    can grow into a spreading tree.

    Here all can find a home,

    like birds with nests protected.

  2. What image shows us God's domain

    as Jesus once described it?

    It's like a giant bowl of flour,

    a little yeast inside it.

    This mixture, as he said,

    can raise up many loaves of bread.

    We'll all be lifted up,

    like dough which always rises

  3. How can we understand ourselves

    as those whom Christ can nourish?

    We're like the salt cast on the ground

    to make the garden flourish.

    But it will be a waste

    if we should ever lose our taste.

    We'll strive to salt the earth,

    unseen, but very useful.

  4. What picture tells us who we are

    with Jesus our example?

    We're like the lamp set on a stand,

    illumination ample.

    Our deeds must be so fine

    they make Christ's love and mercy shine,

    So all who see rejoice

    and praise our heavenly Father.

Revd Nick Jowett is Vicar of St Andrew's, Psalter Lane, Sheffield and Diocesan Ecumenical Officer.