God, whose nature is to share

When Günter Schlechter, a friend who conducts a choir in Schleswig, asked me for a hymn for St Martin’s Day 2018, I was moved, not least because I had been wondering how Germans would keep the centenary of the end Read More …

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 …