MAY WE BE ONE
as our Father planned it —
may the love of Jesus make us strong. No-one can harm us when he is near — he has brought us peace, he makes us one.
Jesus' truth to bind us —
with his body he unites us all;
dying our death he restores our life, living with us now he makes us one.
sharing life together
with the Father and his only Son.
Now we have life in this world of death; heaven has begun, he makes us one. Heaven has begun, he makes us one.
1981. How often in the New Testament is unity urged on the first Christians? I was working on this song for one of our regular student services, which took its theme — ‘May they be one’ - from John 17. Dorothy heard me singing it and asked if it was for an approaching wedding we were singing at. Well, it became a song for both occasions, and was first sung for the wedding service at St Stephen's. I don't know how many weddings it's been sung at since, but I think it must be several hundred.
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.