Timothy Dudley-Smith

Dudley-Smith on Christ's Enfolding Love

Today's Worship Quote is a poem on the theme of Christian experience and discipleship. I think it would make a good benediction.

MAY THE LOVE OF CHRIST ENFOLD US
May the love of Christ enfold us
    as we walk his way,
his eternal arms uphold us
    even as we pray;
strong in faith beneath his blessing,
every tongue his Name confessing,
every heart his peace possessing,
    this and every day.

May the word of Christ direct us
    as we walk his way,
and his providence protect us
    even as we pray.
May his Spirit's power defend us,
love and joy and peace attend us,
his companionship befriend us,
    this and every day.

May the living Christ renew us
    as we walk his way,
and with gifts of grace endue us
    even as we pray;
send us forth, his banner bearing,
all the truth of God declaring,
Heaven's love for sinners sharing,
    this and every day.

-Timothy Dudley-Smith, from Great is the Glory: 36 New Hymns written between 1993 & 1996, Hope Publishing Company, 1997.

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All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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CHIP’S THOUGHTS

Here's what the hymn writer says about this poem:
"Though the text is a prayer for ourselves and our own daily walk, it began from thoughts of thankfulness and the desire to write a 'litany of thankfulness' - a task which still lies ahead of me. Note that along with the request that we may know Christ's enfolding, upholding, directing, protecting, defending, befriending, goes the call to mission - 'his Name confessing,' (verse 1), while verse 4 calls us to witness, proclamation and service 'this and every day.'"

May the love of Christ enfold you this and every day.


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Dudley-Smith on the Lord of the Church

Today's Worship Quote of the Week is the middle stanza of another wonderful hymn text by Timothy Dudley-Smith. Perhaps these lines can help us focus our thoughts as we pray for God's blessing on our country and cities, communities and schools, churches and families. This hymn can be sung to the tune LONDONDERRY AIR (Danny Boy), but you have to put three notes on the word "serve" in the last line.

LORD OF THE CHURCH
Lord of the church, we seek a Father's blessing,
A true repentance and a faith restored,
A swift obedience and a new possessing,
Filled with the Holy Spirit of the Lord!
We turn to Christ from all our restless striving,
Unnumbered voices with a single prayer-
The living water for our soul's reviving,
In Christ to live, and love and serve and care.

-Timothy Dudley-Smith, from "Lord of the Church, We Pray for Our Renewing" (verse 2), 1976, as found in The Worshiping Church, Hope Publishing Company, 1991.

© 1991 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188.
All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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Dudley-Smith's "As Water to the Thirsty"

The scriptures are full of literary images that attempt to describe the vastness of God's love. Today's WORSHIP QUOTE OF THE WEEK is a hymn text by Timothy Dudley-Smith, a retired Bishop in the Church of England. Here we encounter some "fresh" descriptions of God's relationship with his people.

AS WATER TO THE THIRSTY

As water to the thirsty,
as beauty to the eyes,
as strength that follows weakness,
as truth instead of lies;
as songtime and springtime
and summertime to be,
   so is my Lord,
   my living Lord,
so is my Lord to me.

Like calm in place of clamour,
like peace that follows pain,
like meeting after parting,
like sunshine after rain;
like moonlight and starlight
and sunlight on the sea,
   so is my Lord,
   my living Lord,
so is my Lord to me.

As sleep that follows fever,
as gold instead of gray,
as freedom after bondage,
as sunrise to the day;
as home to the traveler
and all we long to see,
  so is my Lord,
  my living Lord,
so is my Lord to me.

-Timothy Dudley-Smith, from Lift Every Heart: Collected Hymns 1961-1983 and Some Early Poems, Hope Publishing Co., 1984.

© 1984 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188.
All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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CHIP'S THOUGHTS

Timothy Dudley-Smith admits that this hymn owes something of its origin to the power of Simon and Garfunkel's classic phrase "Like a Bridge Over Troubled Water." In the life of faith, what are the similes that best depict the many facets of Christ's love and care for his people? Here's a little Wednesday morning Bible study for you. The poet provides the following scripture passages to support the images of the Lord that are used in "As Water to the Thirsty."

STANZA ONE
Psalm 63:1, Psalm 27:4, Psalm 28:7, 1 Thessalonias 1:9, Exodus. 15:2, Song of Solomon 2.

STANZA TWO
1 Kings 19:11-12, Hebrews 13:20, John 20:11-18, Revelation 1:16, Psalm 104:2.

STANZA THREE
Psalm 4:8, Matthew 17:2, Psalm 146:7, Malachi 4:2, Luke 16:11-24.

Have a great week!


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Dudley-Smith on A House of Praise

WHEN GOD THE SPIRIT CAME

When God the Spirit came
upon his church outpoured
in sound of wind and sign of flame
they spread his truth abroad,
and filled with the Spirit
proclaimed that Christ is Lord.

What courage, power and grace
That youthful church displayed!
to those of every tribe and race
they witnessed unafraid,
and filled with the Spirit
they broke their bread and prayed.

They saw God’s word prevail,
his kingdom shall increase,
no part of all his purpose fail,
no promised blessing cease,
and filled with the Spirit
knew love and joy and peace.

Their theme was Christ alone,
the Lord who lived and died,
who rose to his eternal throne
at God the Father’s side;
and filled with the Spirit
the church was multiplied.

So to this present hour
our task is still the same,
in pentecostal love and power
his gospel to proclaim,
and filled with the Spirit,
rejoice in Jesus’ name.

—Timothy Dudley-Smith, from A HOUSE OF PRAISE: COLLECTED HYMNS 1961-2001, © 2003 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. ISBN 0-916642-74-7. All rights reserved. Used by permission. [This book is highly recommended.]

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Hope Publishing Company, 380 S. Main Place, Carol Stream, IL 60188
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www.hopepublishing.com


CHIP'S THOUGHTS

Today’s WORSHIP QUOTE is a wonderful Pentecost text from the pen of Timothy Dudley-Smith. The focus is on the work of the Holy Spirit in the believer and in the church—then and now. The hymn is drawn from the narrative in Acts 2 and also from Galatians 5:22. Try reading this out loud.


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