St Mildred’s Church
Building Project Update
Find out about approaches
to Bible Translation.
An Update from Stella
Find out how to help.
An interview with Tearfund’s
Tearfund interview with Sally. Pages 9-11
The call of God on our lives at St. Mildred’s is to make and equip
disciples of Jesus Christ locally and globally in the
power of the Holy Spirit.
Tom Writes ...
Inside this issue.
Tom Writes 2-3
Bible Versions 4-5
Church Building Project
ACTS 435 7
Mission Focus 8-13
Bible Reading Plan 14
Prayer Page 15
Diary ~ April 2021 16-17
The Back Page 20
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“Let us hold on to the confession of our
hope without wavering, for He who promised
is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23; HCSB
A few years ago, a storage tank overflowed
at a chocolate factory in the German
town of Werl. About a tonne of fresh
milk chocolate ran out of the yard and into
the street. The cold pavement froze the
chocolate so the residents of Werl were
treated to streets paved with a coating of
deliciousness! Surely this is every chocolate
lover’s hope? Streets covered with
scrumptious chocolate! Sadly, the fire brigade
were not so enamoured. It was a traffic
hazard and had to be cleared up with
axes and shovels!
It has often been pointed out that the Bible
uses the word ‘hope’ in a different way to
common English usage. As the story
above shows, the word hope often means
something we would love to happen but is
unlikely or uncertain. In contrast the Bible
uses the word hope to mean something we
are confident will happen. Rather than being
a wish (for chocolate paved streets or
anything else), hope in the Bible is an expectation.
Hebrews 10:23 talks about ‘the confession
of our hope’. A confession is a belief or an
agreed body of truth that a group of people
declare because they are convinced of
the validity of those truths.
The Church has always believed, and confessed,
that hope is fundamental to our
faith. Hope for what? Hope of eternal life
(Titus 1:2, 3:7); hope of salvation (1 Thess
5:8); hope of righteousness (Galatians
5:5). We confidently expect, and declare,
that we will be rescued from the plight of
The Bible is clear about the reality of the
temptations that come our way. The book
of Psalms, as one example, is full of people
handling them in prayer.
the world and live eternally with God free
from all wrongdoing and evil. Until then,
we know that God will be with us to help
us, strengthen us and deliver us.
We don’t wish for these things like a child
sending a letter to Santa. We confidently
expect them like a King issuing a royal decree
knows that what is written will be fulfilled.
The verse also shows that Christians face
the temptation to let go of this hope. It
warns about wavering or bending. The
picture is of a weightlifter holding up the
bar but bending and then dropping it; or a
runner, by leaving the correct path, ending
up at the wrong destination. We must
hold fast and cling on to the confession of
our hope because there are things that
could make us waver.
In any project, journey or activity there
are always things that might throw us off
course. The boredom of practising might
mean we give up the piano. The cramp in
our legs and pain in our back might make
the journey unpalatable. The time needed
and skills required might make the homemade
shed an unworkable dream.
When it comes to Christian hope, lots of
things can throw us off course. Loss. Bereavement.
Sadness. Sorrow. Confusion.
Exhaustion. Betrayal. Isolation. All of these
things and more can come our way with a
voice accompanying them saying, “Can
all this talk of life, rescue and a future really
Hebrews 10:23 gives the reason why we
should be confident in our hope and so
cling on: the faithfulness of God to his
promises. We cling on to our hope, not by
looking at our circumstances. We cling on,
not by geeing up our faith in our own ability
to cope. We cling on by remembering
God’s faithfulness to his promises. He is
reliable. He is the only one who is truly
reliable. Our expectation of life, salvation,
righteousness is based on his ability and
determination to come through. As we remember
his promises and his faithfulness
to them, so our confidence is built.
The rest of Hebrews 10 gives us some of
the other things God has given us to help
us to cling on: “draw near to God” (v22),
“spur one another on” (v24), “meet together”,
“encourage each other” (v25).
The promises of God, prayer, and our support
of each other put strength in our arms
to hold on.
And so let us spur one another on and encourage
each other to hold on to the hope
of eternal life that Jesus has won for us.
And may God give us grace to confess this
hope so that others might be drawn to
trust in him too. Amen.
Tom Lake - Vicar
During Mark in March we used The Message
version of the Bible. This was because
I wanted to use a translation that might be
more accessible for children.
It is helpful to know about the different Bible
versions available in English because
we have so many options to choose (which
is an amazing privilege).
The Bible was originally written in Hebrew
(in the Old Testament) and Greek (in the
New Testament). There is a small amount of
the Old Testament which was written in Aramaic
(for example parts of the book of
For this reason, the Bible must be translated
into English by English speaking Hebrew,
Greek and Aramaic scholars so that we are
able to read and understand without knowing
the original languages.
There are different approaches to the process
of translation. Some people argue that
translation should be done as literally as
possible. This is where a translator takes
what is written in Hebrew, Aramaic or
Greek and, as accurately as possible, translates
those same words, with their grammar,
into English. This approach is called
On the other hand, some people argue for a
more free approach in which, rather than
translating literally, a translator attempts to
convey the original meaning in English in a
way that is readily intelligible to English
speakers. This approach is called dynamic
accessible version in the new language
with an equivalent underlying meaning.
Both approaches have strengths and weaknesses.
For example, the danger of the formal
equivalence approach is that it achieves
accuracy at the cost of intelligibility. The
danger of the dynamic equivalence approach
is that it achieves intelligibility at
the cost of accuracy.
The process of Bible translation always, to
some extent, requires an element of interpretation
on the part of the translator. A
translator has to make a judgement about
what the Bible means in Hebrew, Greek
and Aramaic if they are to translate it into
English. For example, a particular Hebrew
word might have various shades of meaning.
A translator must make a decision
about what shade of meaning is meant in
the original text when they choose an English
word for their translation. This brings a
Firstly, we should want as little interpretation
as possible on the part of the translators.
Whilst we acknowledge that some interpretation
is necessary, nevertheless we
should want this minimised. We are asking
translators to translate, not to interpret or
explain, so interpretation should be kept to
the minimum necessary.
Secondly, we should want a version that
English speakers can actually understand.
That, after all, is the point of translation. An
English translation that English speakers
themselves find incomprehensible defeats
If formal equivalence is a word-for-word approach,
dynamic equivalence is a sense-forsense
approach. Formal equivalence translators
seek fidelity to the original language’s
words and grammar. Dynamic
equivalence translators seek a natural and
Finally, we should want accountability over
those doing the translation. Having a single
individual translate the Bible is not ideal. A
group of scholars holding each accountable
is preferable because it is not possible to
avoid interpretation in the process of trans-
lation. One individual could make mistakes,
or could be subject to peculiar interpretations
or personal biases. They might also
have a nuanced or idiosyncratic understanding
of what is intelligible in the English
If you open a translation like the one we use
in church (the NIV) you will find a few pages
at the beginning (a preface) before you get
to the Bible itself. If you read them, you will
see that they mention who translated the
NIV, when, and what basis they used for
their translation. They mention their accountability
structures and how they avoided
biases in translation. They also mention
the process by which they discerned the intelligibility
of their version.
I once heard a translator involved in the
2011 version of the NIV describe something
of the process of achieving a new translation.
It was fascinating to hear how much
they discussed issues and challenged each
For me, although no version is absolutely
perfect, as a staple of our own personal Bible
reading, I would recommend a translation
like the NIV. The NIV translators deliberately
set out to achieve a balance between
formal and dynamic equivalence. The aim
was to produce “an accurate translation...that
would have clarity and literary quality...suitable
for public and private reading,
teaching, preaching, memorising and liturgical
use.” And they describe the rigorous
approach they took to achieve this.
A translation like The Message is helpful
when used in a certain way, but would not
usually be a good choice for our primary
version. I consider it more like a commentary
on the Bible. The reason is because it
was translated by one individual (Eugene
Peterson) with a deliberately extreme dynamic
I would be happy to use this version occasionally
(particularly when ease of understanding
is very important), and as one possible
aid to interpretation alongside a more
rigorous translation. But as a version that we
spend most of our time reading it is not well
suited. Incidentally, this would be the same
as for an interlinear—which is on the opposite
end of the spectrum (see the chart below).
An interlinear can work as a supplement
but would not work well as a version of
choice to read regularly and devotionally.
Personally, I read the NIV for daily use.
When I am preparing a sermon or for a
teaching occasion I read other translations
alongside the NIV most of which lean towards
the formal equivalence approach. I
would consult The Message as I would a
commentary on the Bible.
I found this helpful summary of the different
versions available and where they sit on the
spectrum between dynamic and formal
equivalence (called “word for word” verses
“paraphrase” in the chart). As you’ll see the
NIV is roughly in the middle:
Chart used with permission breadcrumbsministries.org
Update on planning appeal
The Planning Inspectorate gave us a “start date” of 26 January 2021 for the appeal process.
Between the “start date” and 2 March 2021 over 120 third party representations
were submitted to the Planning Inspectorate. These were all in support of our appeal:
no objections were submitted. Submissions were made by church members, by other
local residents and by community/area representatives notably Janet Daby MP, Councillor
Colin Elliott, the Bishops of Southwark and Woolwich and our Archdeacon.
A very big “thank you” to all those who wrote to the Planning Inspectorate and encouraged
others to do so.
We lodged our final appeal submission (in response to Lewisham Council’s appeal
statement) on 17 th March 2021.
The appeal process is run by the Planning Inspectorate, a Bristol-based central government
agency completely independent of Lewisham Council. The progress of the appeal
is now dependent on the appointment of a Planning Inspector.
There is likely to be no appeal meeting or hearing, because the Planning Inspectorate
have decided to progress the appeal by way of written statements only. The next step is
for the Planning Inspector, once appointed, to do an unaccompanied site visit. The Planning
Inspector’s determination of the appeal will follow in writing some weeks after that.
that the Planning Inspectorate will not reject any of our documents;
that the right person will be appointed as Planning Inspector;
that the appointed Inspector will read all of the documents thoroughly and assess
the arguments objectively;
that our faithful God directs the Inspector to the right decision.
The Covid crisis has forced many people into
poverty, and has aggravated issues of abuse,
debt and unemployment for others.
Acts 435 is a Christian charity which enables
those of us who are more fortunate to help
individuals who are in serious need.
St Mildred's Church has recently signed up
to work with the Acts 435 charity in order to
help those in our locality who may be in desperate
For more details have a look at the Acts 435
All requests for funding are posted on an
anonymous basis in order to respect confidentiality.
We have not yet posted any requests
for funding. If you might be interested
in supporting local people in distress and
would like to be made aware of
(anonymised) local needs when they are
We hope that you are enjoying reading the updates on our mission partners each
month in the newsletter. It’s an experiment for us to update you so frequently, and
so do get in touch to let us know if you find this helpful or otherwise.
We turn our attention this
month to Tearfund and I had
the wonderful privilege of
speaking with Sally Jones-
Evans, one of the trustees at
Tearfund in March. From climate
change to eradicating
poverty through the local
church, as one of the largest
Christian charities in the UK,
who are proud of their evangelical routes, I was really blessed by the conversation
and hope you will be too. The excerpt of the interview on pages 9-11 fall short of
the detail of our conversation and so I recommend watching the video if you have
Next month I will be speaking with the team at Arab World Ministry and look forward
to catching up with them about their work both at home in the UK and overseas.
The Open Doors World Watch list is now available. If you’ve not had a chance to order
your hard copy of the booklet, an electronic version is available on the church
website to download.
I was inspired by an article in the Bible Society’s Spring newsletter of what God is
doing with the church in China. By kind permission, we have reproduced the article
on pages 12 and 13.
Despite all that is going on in our world today, the Lord continues to reach out and
do His work of saving and transforming lives in Jesus’s name. Amen!
I had the pleasure of meeting with Sally Jones-Evans from Tearfund in
March to hear more about their work during the pandemic. The video interview
is available to watch on the church website. A short excerpt from the
interview is provided below.
Thanks for agreeing to speak with me
about Tearfund. If you could start by telling
us a bit about yourself, your background
and your role at Tearfund?
Thank you very much for inviting me to
join you today. My name is Sally Jones-
Evans. I'm one of the trustees on the board
of Tearfund. I had a 30 year career in
banking which came to an end to redundancy
a few years ago. I was able to take a
few months off and I decided I would have
the gap year in my forties that I'd never
had when I was 18. One of the things I did
in my career break was to go overseas
with Tearfund. It was a life-changing few
months. When I came back I did a master's
degree in international development and
local Christians, to work within their communities,
to help them help people lift
themselves out of poverty in a really sustainable
It's interesting that because we do things
that way, what we see is that the impact of
our money is multiplied many, many times
over like the five loaves and two fishes. We
are perhaps giving training or sometimes
giving grants, but often giving skills to
churches that then reach out through their
local voluntary work to reach hundreds,
For those who don't know much about
Tearfund, could you tell us what it does,
who it supports and how your services
make a difference to peoples lives?
Tearfund is proudly an evangelical Christian
organisation. It's basically a humanitarian
aid agency and a long-term development
agency. We're absolutely committed
to working to relieve and eradicate
poverty and injustice across the world.
We work in over 50 countries on pretty
much every continent. And the really
unique thing about Tearfund's operating
model is that we work through the local
church. So we see our primary role helping
to support and equip local churches,
thousands of people in their communities.
What has been the impact of COVID? Obviously
COVID-19 has had a massive impact
globally and no doubt would have affected
some of the countries in which you
operate. Can you tell us how you have
managed to cope with this and what impact
it's had on the people you support?
We absolutely lament the incredible distress
that this pandemic has caused across
the world. In the UK, we've grown used to
watching the news with daily death statistics
and, in so many countries that Tearfund
works they do not have an NHS, they
have no option to create furlough
schemes. They don't pay universal credit
benefits and the problems, even though
We reached out into lots of our existing
project work to help give them information
as to how to adapt.
We've pivoted our work to be more relevant
to this kind of COVID era. So we've
got involved in constructing taps of water
tanks for people, for whom ‘wash your
hands’ was a meaningless instruction because
they had no running water. We've
distributed lots of hygiene kits as well,
PPE and the like to situations that just didn't
We've mobilised people to pray for an
end to the suffering or to cope through the
suffering. That's such an important tool
that we believe we bring to the world, in
addition to our human efforts.
That sounds absolutely incredible. Tell me
a bit about how Tearfund shares the gospel
in its work? What difference has that
made or had?
they feel really painful in the UK are magnified
and painful all around the world.
We, through our partners, heard that cry
very early on from some of those that we
serve that as well as a health pandemic, it
was causing real fear.
That people were starting to just worry
that they would starve before they would
die of COVID because of the consequences
of international trade and border shutdowns,
the globally economic shutdown,
the understandable tendency for Western
and Northern governments to prioritize
their own citizens first just meant that
there was a real threat that decades of development
progress was going to risk being
We think it infuses everything we do. Our
work is about equipping people to be salt
and light in the world and to shine Jesus's
love out to those in darkness. So our job
isn't directly to convert people. We think
the Holy spirit does that, but we do act
very openly in Jesus' name. And we hope
to draw people closer to God and to equip
the local church, to be very practical helpers
and live out of mission in their communities.
We adapted a lot of our existing projects.
For example, we've got humanitarian
emergency feeding centres, we had to
adapt those to be COVID safe.
When we evaluate our development programmes,
we don't just measure how
many people we fed or how many people
we help to lift out of poverty. We actually
have a tool that we use to measure the
growth of the emotional and spiritual wellbeing
and communities as well and look
very holistically at that sense of wellness
and wellbeing at the same time.
Thank you. What would you say is the difference
between Tearfund's work in the
UK and elsewhere in the world? How does
your campaign on climate change, for example,
relate to relieving poverty and, or
sharing the gospel for that matter?
People see a certain dimension of Tearfund
in the UK and it would be different if
you were sat in a very poor part of the
world. We work in three ways. We do humanitarian
aid where it's really necessary.
We do long-term development work in the
way that I just explained, and then we
campaign and advocate for justice, and to
alleviate poverty. In the UK, we don't need
to do the first bit because we don't tend to
suffer humanitarian emergencies here. Or
if there are such things they tend to be
more localised and other agencies work in
those circumstances. We don't do longterm
development work here because
that's not where the poorest are. So we
work in other countries to do that, but the
third leg of what we do, we do everywhere.
So, in the UK, you see our campaigning
and advocacy work much more clearly on
things like climate change and vaccine access
and that sort of thing. Whereas if you
were sat in Malawi, you'd see all three
legs of what we're doing. We think that the
advocacy side is absolutely integral to
what we do. We can't work to do longterm
development unless we also work to
tackle the root causes of poverty and injustice.
We can be so much more effective
if we get policies and processes aligned to
tackle those things. And if we stand up
against things that are unfair and institutionally
likely to perpetuate poverty, we do
feel very strongly that it's an important part
of what we do, in campaigning against those
Tell us how we as a church could pray for
you and Tearfund?
Please pray for those we serve, all of us collectively
together - the vulnerable and for
that protection and safety especially at the
moment where we see the economic consequences
of the global pandemic hitting incredibly
hard and the health consequences.
Please pray for income provision. The need
is so great at the moment that we are concerned
that despite the fact that the UK
economy might contract, we really pray and
hope that our income and resources will not
contract because we see the need is greater
Please pray for fair access to vaccines, and
for the role of the church in advocating for
Visit our YouTube channel to hear the full
Christians battle through
COVID and severe flooding
Bible Society article – published in
Word in action magazine, Spring 2021
Reproduced with kind permission
‘People were quarantined because of
COVID, but the gospel of the Lord is not
quarantined’, said Reverend Hu, who
serves with his wife in a vibrant church in
China’s Hubei province.
The church holds Bible study groups,
prayer meetings and young adult gatherings
and has a choir ministry, but like all
other churches, it had to close during the
pandemic. Hu, who is in his 30s, and his
wife lost a third of their income, but trusting
in God they soldiered on and reached
out to their congregation in new ways. The
result: when the church reopened, Hu
baptised more than 30 people, most of
whom were young adults.
We’ve heard many such stories of spiritual
awakenings in China over the last 12
months. In many cases, people stuck at
home in the lockdown were simply reading
more of the Scriptures.
Meng Jiumei, who serves at a church in the
village of Longchi in the beautiful Emei
Mountains, said that one worshipper told
her, ‘While I was reading the book of
Judges, I broke down in tears as I felt a
strong conviction to repent to God of my
Another said, ‘We are often too busy to
spend time with God prior to this crisis.
Now we are taking this time to do more
self-reflection and praying.’ Jiumei said,
‘Starting from the book of Genesis, these
believers, young and old, read at least ten
chapters a day. Some can read 50 to 80
chapters a day.’
When the virus was brought under control,
some churches were allowed to reopen
from June. But then, in July and August,
China experienced some of its worst
flooding in 70 years. These terrible disasters
hampered but failed to derail Bible
Your kind giving has supported more than
100 preachers and pastors
in Yunnan and Hubei
provinces who lost
their salaries due to the
lockdown, and you enabled
urgent aid to be
sent to 50 destitute
Christians in Hubei to
see them through the
Engaging with the
An estimated one million
new believers come
to faith every year in
is just one trained pastor for every 6,700
Christians on average. And many church
leaders, especially in poor areas, are reliant
on continued support.
These new Christians not only need Bibles,
they need teaching and resources to
help them get more out of the Scriptures.
In August 2020 study Bibles were distributed
to preachers in northwest China and
Scripture-based literacy classes started.
Zhengrong, 37, ministers at ten different
villages spread out in China’s mountainous
Yunnan province. He travelled thousands
of miles on foot every year, through
landslides, fog and strong winds, ministering
to some of the poorest people in the
region. Last autumn he was one of the
many church leaders provided with a motorcycle.
Now he gets to places quickly
and safely and ministers to more people.
Author: Simon Bartz, Bible Society
Supporting and nurturing leaders
With or without COVID, one of the biggest
challenges facing the church in China is
lack of church leaders. It’s estimated there
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
“I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs
within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of
water, and the parched ground into springs.”
Please continue to pray for
Keiko and her parents and her sister
that as Keiko abides in You The truth of your
Word will be made know to them.
Please pray for our planning appeal: in particular,
for appointment of the right person as
Planning Inspector. Please also pray that the
person who is appointed will review our case
thoroughly and will be guided by God
to the right decision
Father, you know our hearts
and share our sorrows.
We are hurt by our parting from
those whom we loved:
when we are angry at the loss we
when we long for words of comfort,
yet find them hard to hear,
turn our grief to truer living,
our affliction to firmer hope
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
“History Belongs to the intercessors -
those who believe and pray the
future into being.”
Dear Lord help us to intercede like never
before for this world of people, whom you
love. Heal the world. Your will be done.
Please pray for Sophia,
Larissa’s sister, who is in hospital with
multiple health issues without a diagnosis
or treatment plan. She is isolated and finding
it hard to remain positive. Please pray
for a good doctor/team to oversee her
treatment and come up with solutions.
Please, pray that Sophia can find her
hope in the Lord and come to an end of
this time of suffering.
We give thanks for the freedom to worship
you in Spirit and in truth.
We thank you that your Name is glorified
in St. Mildred’s Easter Services and activities.
We pray for those who have been
encouraged, comforted and challenged
over the Easter weekend.
Pray for Covenant Homes in Kenya.
Continue to pray for Covenant and the financial
situation that the young people manage to finish
their education so they can become
Father God, you promise never to leave us
through the valleys as well as the hilltops of
life. Please walk close to Adrian, especially
when he walks though rough ravines.
May you sustain him, protect him, and may he
supernaturally sense you with him through the
toughest of times in Jesus name Amen.
Pray for the Alpha courses.
We pray for those organising these
courses and for all participating.
Pray for our youth and children's work
- that God would lead and guide us as we
build up our young people in him.
Pray for wisdom as we plan for changes
to restrictions over the next few months.
Pray for the AGM in May that God would
raise people up to serve him on PCC.
Send Prayers to firstname.lastname@example.org
Diary ~ April 2021
In these uncertain times, it is hard to plan exactly what our diary will be. We have tried to
be as accurate as possible. Changes are likely—both in terms of new events appearing
and some listed here being cancelled.
Thursday 1 8pm Home Group
8pm Alpha Online
8pm Maundy Thursday Service
Friday 2 2pm An Hour at the Cross
Sunday 4 10am Easter Service
11.30am Prayer Meeting
Monday 5 9.30 am Prayer Meeting
Wednesday 7 8pm Prayer Meeting
Thursday 8 8pm Alpha Online
Sunday 11 10am Morning Service
11.30am Prayer Meeting
4pm Virtual Tea
Monday 12 9.30 am Prayer Meeting
Thursday 15 8pm Alpha Online
Sunday 18 10am Morning Service
11.30am Prayer Meeting
Monday 19 9.30am Prayer Meeting
Tuesday 20 8pm Home Group
Wednesday 21 8pm Home Group
Thursday 22 8pm Home Group
Friday 23 7.30pm PubQuiz
Diary ~ April 2021
Sunday 25 10am Morning worship
11.30am Prayer Meeting
4pm Virtual Tea
Monday 26 9.30am Prayer Meeting
Tuesday 27 PCC Meeting
Wednesday 28 Prayer Meeting
Sunday 2 10am Morning Worship
11.30am Prayer Meeting
Monday 3 Bank Holiday
Monday 1 9.30am Prayer Meeting
Tuesday 2 8pm Home Group
Wednesday 3 8pm Home Group
Thursday 4 8pm Home Group
8pm Alpha Online
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Divine Redeemer, Thee we bless
For Thy great love and power,
And greet Thee for Thy loveliness
Expressed in leaf and flower.
Thomas Hornblower Gill
Westminster Abbey will offer a specially
recorded reading of St John’s Gospel in the
Jerusalem Chamber at the Abbey as part of
its Easter offering this year.
The recording will be available on
the Abbey’s YouTube channel at 4.00pm
(BST) on Easter Sunday.
The actor, best-known for playing Agatha
Christie’s fictional detective Hercule Poirot,
made the recording earlier this month.
David Suchet said: ‘I count it as a great privilege
to be filmed reading St John’s Gospel in
the iconic Jerusalem Chamber of Westminster
Businesses to pray for
in April 2021
Streakers Dry Cleaner (Kay)
Lane Tian Chinese restaurant
Allen & Wainwright
The Kitchen, Lee
The Sun (Bottle & Basket)
Light a candle
By lighting a virtual candle, you're making space to pray.
You can light a candle online to pray for yourself, for a loved one or for a situation.
Whatever is going on, make space to pray in your life.
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The Glory of the Spring
1 The glory of the spring, how sweet!
The new-born life, how glad!
What joy the happy earth to greet
In spring's bright raiment clad!
2 Divine Redeemer, Thee we bless
For Thy great love and power,
And greet Thee for Thy loveliness
Expressed in leaf and flower.
3 Oh may we be, by Thy great power,
Renewed these spring-tide days;
And so reflect Thee in each hour
That all shall give Thee praise.
4 Still let new life and strength upspring,
Still let new joy be given;
And grant the glad new song to ring
Throughout the earth and heaven.
Thomas Hornblower Gill