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PSALM OF HISTORY

 

  1. Give thanks to God who has always guided us
      for God's goodness lasts for ever,
     
  2. for our God has been close beside us from the very beginning
      and God's goodness lasts for ever;
     
  3. before the universe was begun
      for God's goodness lasts for ever,
     
  4. in the making of our solar system
      for God's goodness lasts for ever,
     
  5. through the complicated processes of evolution
      for God's goodness lasts for ever,
     
  6. and by bringing our earliest ancestors to care for each other in communities
      for God's goodness lasts for ever.
     
  7. In the ancient civilisations of China and the Aztecs
      for God's goodness lasts for ever,
     
  8. to the eastern and Mediterranean cultures and specially the Jews
      for God's goodness lasts for ever.
     
  9. Who chose Abraham and sent him out, not knowing where he was to go
      for God's goodness lasts for ever;
     
  10. who wrestled with Jacob without destroying him, but gave him a blessing
      for God's goodness lasts for ever,
     
  11. who brought Moses to be the leader of the Exodus from Egypt
      for God's goodness lasts for ever,
     
  12. and David the warrior king to build the holy city
      for God's goodness lasts for ever.
     
  13. But raised up the prophets to cry for justice and right belief
      for God's goodness lasts for ever,
     
  14. and finally John the Baptist, pointing to the one who'd been chosen
      for God's goodness lasts for ever,
     
  15. Jesus, among us to teach and to heal
      for God's goodness lasts for ever.
     
  16. For he was loved and hated, crucified, dead and buried
      for God's goodness lasts for ever;
     
  17. he was raised up again for our salvation
      for God's goodness lasts for ever,
     
  18. and now he's king of all nations of the world
      for God's goodness lasts for ever.
     
  19. He lives on to pray for us
      for God's goodness lasts for ever,
     
  20. and in his life, we too can come alive
      for God's goodness lasts for ever.
     
  21. Through saints and preachers and martyrs, God's Spirit was spread abroad
      for God's goodness lasts for ever,
     
  22. Patrick and Columba, Augustine and David
      for God's goodness lasts for ever,
     
  23. in the writings of the saints and the teachings of the doctors
      for God's goodness lasts for ever,
     
  24. through the Reformation, and the conflicts of ideas
      for God's goodness lasts for ever,
     
  25. by those who have taught us and guided us and brought us to where we are
      for God's goodness lasts for ever,
     
  26. through darkness and joy in our own experience
      for God's goodness lasts for ever.
     
  27. Give thanks to God who has always been our strength
      for God's goodness lasts for ever.
     
  28. For our God has been close beside us from the very beginning
      and God's goodness lasts for ever.
     

Notes:

See Psalm 105 - telling the story.