SPELLING GLORY (words by Fred Kaan)

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As the glory of creation
and the thrill of human love,
as the wonder at a cradle,
at the things that live and move,
higher still, uncaught in word,
is the glory of our God.

As the glory of a concert
and the skill of those who play,
as the joy of book and painting,
shapes in stone and bronze and clay,
higher still, uncaught in word,
is the glory of our God.

As the glory of the future
and the teaching of the past,
as the challenge of the present
and the here-and-now of Christ,
higher still, uncaught in word,
is the glory of our God.

In the life and work of Jesus,
in his dying on the cross,
in the great surprise of Easter
giving people gain for loss,
here we catch and taste the Word
spelling glory to our God!

Author / Composer Comments

• Author Fred Kaan, from his book The Only Earth We Know (Stainer & Bell / Hope Publishing Co., 1999, page 2): “This hymn was written during the Centenary Consultation of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches in St. Andrew’s, Scotland in 1977. Theme of the event was: ‘The glory of God and the future of humanity.’”

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