(A Community Psalm of Thanksgiving)
Let us give thanks for this holy place
Rejoicing in its very essence and continuity.
Come to God's dwelling in awe and wonder
With one voice acclaim this as the Lord's house.
We need this place apart
This locus for union and reconciliation
For you watch us, Lord, as we err and stray in our lives
Prioritising earthly values
Stopping our ears to your teachings
And deaf to the cries of our fellows.
You see us pursuing paths of indifference
And dealing in worldly prizes.
Yet here we can return to you, O Lord
And encounter your awesome mystery
You speak to us through the fabric of this sacred space
Your veil thins in the stillness.
The builders of old expressed your majesty
Your glory shines forth in their works
Every embellishment points to you
And fires our inspiration and belief
The air is heavy with centuries of prayer
The atmosphere is charged with your presence.
Here we kneel to receive your healing touch
Our oblations ascend to you in sweet unison
To address you as our master
Our succour, guide and prospect.
So we turn back to you in this house of worship
We plea for forgiveness for our failings
We praise you for your loving wisdom and generous understanding
We honour your greatness and dominion.
May this hallowed church stand forever
As a proclamation of your love and omniscience.
© Richard Farquharson, Maulden, Bedfordshire April 2016