1 Break not the circle of enabling love
where people grow, forgiven and forgiving;
break not that circle - make it wider still,
till it includes, embraces all the living.
2 Come, wonder at this love that comes to life,
where words of freedom are with humour spoken
and people keep no score of wrong and guilt,
but will that human bonds remain unbroken.
3 Sing high! Give thanks for all who came and come
to teach the world the craft of hopeful craving
for peace and wholeness that will fill the earth,
for faith that stirs us to creative living.
4 Join then the movement of the love that frees,
till people of whatever race or nation
will truly be themselves, stand on their feet,
see eye to eye with laughter and elation.
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Author: Fred Kaan
Fred Kaan Hymn writer. His hymns include both original work and translations. He sought to address issues of peace and justice. He was born in Haarlem in the Netherlands in July 1929. He was baptised in St Bavo Cathedral but his family did not attend church regularly. He lived through the Nazi occupation, saw three of his grandparents die of starvation, and witnessed his parents deep involvement in the resistance movement. They took in a number of refugees. He became a pacifist and began attending church in his teens.
Having become interested in British Congregationalism (later to become the United Reformed Church) through a friendship, he was attended Western College in Bristol. He was ordained in 1955 at the Windsor Road Congregation… Go to person page >
Display Title: Break Not the Circle of Enabling LoveFirst Line: Break not the circle of enabling loveTune Title: ST. CLAREAuthor: Fred KaanDate: 1994Subject: Christian Living | ; Justice | ; Love | ; Unity |
Display Title: Break not the circle of enabling loveFirst Line: Break not the circle of enabling loveTune Title: ROBERTAuthor: Fred Kaan (b. 1929)Meter: 10 11 10 11Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:9-10; 1 Corinthians 13:1 - 14:1; 1 John 4:7-11; Luke 1:78-79; Romans 14:19Date: 2005Subject: The Living God | Our Response to God - in the worship of God's house; Arts and Creativity | ; Church | nature of; Love | for others; Reconciliation |