Spirit of love, you move within creation

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1 Spirit of love, you move within creation,
drawing the threads to colour and design:
life into life, you knit our true salvation,
come, work with us,
and weave us into one.

2 Though we have frayed the fabric of your making,
tearing away from all that you intend,
yet, to be whole, humanity is aching,
come, work with us,
and weave us into one.

3 Great loom of God, where history is woven,
you are the frame that holds us to the truth,
Christ is the theme, the pattern you have given,
come, work with us,
and weave us into one.

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Author: Shirley Erena Murray

Shirley Erena Murray (b. Invercargill, New Zealand, 1931) studied music as an undergraduate but received a master’s degree (with honors) in classis and French from Otago University. Her upbringing was Methodist, but she became a Presbyterian when she married the Reverend John Stewart Murray, who was a moderator of the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand. Shirley began her career as a teacher of languages, but she became more active in Amnesty International, and for eight years she served the Labor Party Research Unit of Parliament. Her involvement in these organizations has enriched her writing of hymns, which address human rights, women’s concerns, justice, peace, the integrity of creation, and the unity of the church. Many of her hymns… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Spirit of love, you move within creation
Author: Shirley Erena Murray
Meter: 11.10.11.10
Publication Date: 2005
Copyright: © 1992 Hope Publishing Co.

Tune

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O PERFECT LOVE (Barnby)

Joseph Barnby (PHH 438) composed O PERFECT LOVE and said it was a "hymn tune in the natural style and idiom … of our own time." Originally an anthem, O PERFECT LOVE was shortened into a hymn tune for publication in The Hymnal Companion (1890) and in the Church Hymnary (1898). The tune is also know…

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Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #618

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Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise #618

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The New Century Hymnal #58

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