1 Great ring of light, true circle with no ending;
clear beam so bright, whose purpose knows no bending;
O Word of God, in darkness always shining out.
2 A man who cried, up on a cross at Calvary;
for him who died, an empty tomb, a mystery;
O risen Christ, all pain and loss transcending.
3 Immortal fire of love forever yearning;
flame of desire for our salvation burning;
Spirit divine, our friend, and present comforter.
4 The light shines still, the eternal Word has spoken;
on Calvary's hill the power of death is broken;
and I receive the life, the joy, the loving.
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Author: Colin Gibson
Colin Gibson (b. 1933) was born in Dunedin, the south island of New Zealand. He has been writing hymn texts and hymn settings for over 20 years. His works have been published and performed in Africa, the United States, Asia and Australasia, Great Britain and Europe. He is organist and director of the Mornington Methodist Choir, Dunedin, New Zealand, a lay preacher, and retired in 1999 as Head of the Department and Donald Collie Professor of English at the University of Otago where he currently heads the Department of Theatre Studies and continues to lecture on English Literature as Emeritus Professor. He has conducted numerous hymn workshops in New Zealand, Australia and Great Britain, and has been co-editor of a number of hymn collections.… Go to person page >
Display Title: Great ring of light, true circle with no endingFirst Line: Great ring of light, true circle with no endingTune Title: HALLEYAuthor: Colin Alexander Gibson (b. 1933)Meter: 12 12 12Scripture: John 1:1-5; John 19:30; John 20:1-2; John 20:11-16; Romans 8:27Date: 2005Subject: Christ Risen | Reign and Priesthood; God | in Trinity; Holy Spirit | name and images for; Jesus | Word of God; Light | ; Word of God |