We Cannot Measure

How You Heal...

Good Friday - April 3, 2015  

12 noon - 3:00 p.m.

Christ Church (Parish) Church, Fredericton, N.B.

 

The Reverend Canon Jim Irvine,

Guest Homilist

 

Theme hymn...

We Cannot Measure How You Heal

 

Common Praise 292

We Cannot Measure How You Heal

 

We cannot measure how you heal

or answer every sufferer’s prayer,

yet we believe your grace responds

where faith and doubt unite to care.

Your hands, though bloodied on the cross,

survive to hold and heal and warn,

to carry all through death and life

and cradle children yet unborn.

 

The pain that will not go away,

the guilt that clings from things long past,

the fear of what the future holds,

are present as if meant to last.

But present too is love which tends

the hurt we never hope to find,

the private agonies inside,

the memories that haunt the mind.

 

So some have come who need your help

and some have come to make amends,

as hands which shaped and saved the world

are present in the touch of friends.

Lord, let your Spirit meet us here

to mend the body, mind, and soul,

to disentangle peace from pain

and make your broken people whole.

 

John L. Bell

Tune: Ye Banks and Braes

 

 

2004 Emily Dickinson and Jesus’ Last Words

2009 Modesty Woven by Prayer

2010 I Will Sing as I Journey

2011 Come and Follow Me

2012 Holy is the Name I Know

2013 Let Streams of Living Justice

2014 The Folly of God

 

Ashes to Easter

Highland Shepherd Resources