Lord God we stand at the start of a new year (website only)

Lord God we stand at the start of a new year,
None of us know what the future will bring;
But we do know that you’ll always be with us,
So it’s with joy that your praises we sing.

Refrain

Father we worship you, bow to your majesty
Jesus we love you, our Saviour and friend;
Spirit we open our hearts to your presence,
Grace without measure and love without end.

Jesus you call us to follow and trust you,
Empty our lives of all selfish desire;
We give ourselves to bear fruit of the Kingdom,
Filled with your Spirit and hearts set on fire.

Father we worship you, bow to your majesty
Jesus we love you, our Saviour and friend;
Spirit we open our hearts to your presence,
Grace without measure and love without end.

So as we take the next steps on our journey,
Guard us from worry, from doubt and from fear;
Help us to trust you and fix our eyes on you,
Walk hand in hand with you through this new year.

Father we worship you, bow to your majesty
Jesus we love you, our Saviour and friend;
Spirit we open our hearts to your presence,
Grace without measure and love without end.

Words: © Steve Clark

Metre: 11.10.11.10 and refrain

Suggested tune: “Faithfulness” (StF 51)

Ideas for use

A hymn for the New Year, for example during a Watchnight Service, making use of a familiar tune, “Faithfulness” (Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father StF 51).

More information

Steve Clark says that he wrote this hymn at the beginning of 2015, “to try and capture something of the importance and significance of a new year and new beginnings generally.” The refrain invokes God as Trinity: “Father we worship you… Jesus we love you… Spirit we open our hearts…” Similarly, the verses speak of the presence of the Lord God at all times (v.1); and of Jesus, whose example we follow inspired by God’s Spirit (v.2).

The hymn as a whole moves from the majesty of a king-like “Lord God” – a ruler; one who looks over us – to the recognition of God’s intimate closeness to us in our day to day lives, as we “walk hand in hand with you through this new year”.

Steve is a Methodist minister, currently serving in the Leicester West Circuit of the Methodist Church in Britain. Originally from Hull in East Yorkshire, he is still, he says, a keen supporter both of Hull City Football Club and Yorkshire County Cricket Club. After qualifying as a chartered accountant and working in a professional office for around ten years, he responded to God’s call to the Methodist ministry. Steve is married to Sue, and they have three adult children “and four delightful grandchildren”.

Categories: 11.10.11.10. and refrain, Clark, Steve, Faithfulness, Hymns only online (submit to stfplus@methodistchurch.org.uk), New Year: Watchnight, The Trinity.

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