O Love, O Love, O fearless Love

* This hymn-song was composed to be part of a Lenten sermon for St Anne’s Calmore, near Southampton. In verse 2 ‘… people kill the thing they love’  comes from Oscar Wilde: ‘for each man kills the thing he loves’ (Ballad Read More …

God, self-fulfilled in diverse ways

* This text from 2002 was my offering to a ‘hymnsearch’ promoted by a church in the USA, who asked for ‘A hymn to call the Church to affirm gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, and to celebrate their gifts and ministries’. During the course Read More …

O Blessed Fire within

*** An achingly beautiful melody, hauntingly harmonised, to express an attempted response to Jesus’ comment on the seventh Commandment. COMMENTARY This hymn responds to what may be presumed to be one of Christianity’s most deeply felt conversation-killers: You have heard Read More …

Enthroned beyond earth’s highest good

Bible readings for the Sunday between Ascension Day and Pentecost exhort Christians to remain firm in faith and expectation of Christ’s final victory over sin. This text was conceived in terms of the declamatory first three chords of Luther’s EIN Read More …