In a month’s time we will be marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. I’ve written a new hymn for Remembrance Sunday, and my friends Colin Webster and Phil Moore of Cornerstone Worship have written a lovely, easy-to-learn tune.
I wanted to mark the sacrifice of those who gave their lives as well as praying for those who continue to suffer from conflict. But above all I want to the song to point to Christ, the Prince of Peace. The song can readily be sung by a congregation, but it could also be performed or you should the video as a meditative reflection.
O Lord, we look upon the past,
rememb’ring those who went before
who heard the call and bore for us
the brutal, bloody face of war.
We think of them and think of you,
who came to earth as one of us,
to share our pain and bear our wounds,
and make the final sacrifice.
O Lord, we look around today
and see a world in conflict still.
We pray for those who strive for peace,
who stand for truth or lives rebuild.
We weep with those whose hearts are scarred,
whose way is hard, whose hope is weak.
To refugees whose homes are lost,
God of all comfort, comfort speak.
O Lord, we look ahead in hope
to see the dawning of the day
when swords are beaten into ploughs
and every tear is wiped away;
when wounds are healed and fear dispelled
and all who trust in you arise;
when Christ, the Prince of Peace, has come,
and glory, glory fills the skies.
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