1. Give us a new beginning where we can start again.
So many things are broken that only you can mend.
Your presence can revive us,
the touch of your embrace.
We walk in deepest darkness,
— show us your loving face.

2. Such beauty in a flower,
such glory in the sky;
and yet our lives unravel
no matter what we try.
Such constant disappointment
when dreams are crushed once more,
when truth is rarely spoken,
and peace turns into war.

3. O come to us, Lord Jesus,
we’re fearful and distressed.
The earth and heaven tremble
and nothing is at rest.
O come and make a new world
where tears are wiped away,
where love is like the bright sun
that rises ev’ry day.

2003 Words © Robin Mann.
Music: Hans Leo Hassler 1564-1612

This rich tune has been used for many songs. Best known is ‘O sacred head now wounded’. Our congregation (St Stephen’s, Adelaide) was going through a very bad time in 2003. I wrote these words for the first Sunday in Advent, but they seem to resonate at any time. There are always problems, difficulties we can’t overcome. And so we pray ‘Give us a new beginning’. Luther suggests we begin each day asking for forgiveness for wrongs done, & asking for a new start.

2021 - Where do we go from here?

Breezin' along in my Japanese coupe, breezin' along with the windows down. The dog keeps sniffing the air - he's got an empty head but he's alright. We've got time to spare, time to get where, we don't know, and who cares?

And the days go fast and the nights go faster
Lord, where do we go from here?
Lord, where do you want me to be? (© Robin Mann 1972)

Some questions keep on coming, and this is one of them.
The pandemic has put a hold on so much, and while Australia is in a better position than many, uncertainty remains.

Two weeks ago I  finished a song 'In the year that's coming'. It ends with:

May your love shine through us,
every day renew us,
keep on coming to us, 
stay with us
in the coming year.