Quick hymns at the PCN progressive liturgy weekend

Set the challenge of writing a hymn in twenty minutes, could we produce something both progressive and singable?

Quick hymns at the PCN progressive liturgy weekend

​Hymn writing is not normally a communal endeavour, but in her session on the use of hymns Ali Morley set retreatants the challenge of first choosing key words and then putting them together into a short hymn. Each group came up with between two and four lines and somehow we shuffled them into three verses, later reduced to two in an effort to eliminate repetition. Although we wrote the words for the tune of Amazing Grace, we found later that they went better to Dundee, the tune associated with ‘I to the hills will lift mine eyes’

Embracing love, accepting all

a presence and a joy

Spring of my life, unknowable,

A light, a mystery


There is a silence deep within

Our anxious, searching minds

God’s light and love live in this space

New energy we find

Marks out of 10?

Later today there will be a small photo-gallery from the weekend, along with a report, in the Resources - Photos section of this website.


1 On 31/07/2013 John Aspinwall wrote:

Hymn-writing isn’t easy!.  May I suggest that the line “Spring of….” doesn’t naturally fit the rhythm of the tune, placing the emphasis on the word “of”.  I would like to reverse the line, “A light….” to read “A mystery, a light.”  “Light” is a stronger ending than “mystereeee” with its dodgy rhythm.

2 On 31/07/2013 Rev Ros Murphy wrote:

What is the copyright situation for this, either for singing in worship, or printing in a monthly magazine article which would be part of our web site?

It is good to find people prepared to wrestle with hymns which can be sung with genuine commitment to the content - and set to a familiar tune. Thank you for this.

3 On 01/08/2013 Andrew Vivian wrote:

We are not worried about copyright on these two verses.  If you care to mention their provenance that would be nice but not at all essential.

4 On 12/08/2013 des williamson wrote:

I think the guys have made a good start - it needs a few more verses though. It could be very singable!

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