Here is a new hymn text which grew out of a Trinitarian reflection on John 1.1-18. I have a feeling that a couple of the verses are still in process of development, so any suggestions would be grateful received. In the meanwhile, if you wish to field test it in worship then you are welcome to reproduce it provided you acknowledge authorship and source (crammedwithheaven.org).
All is Love
Before the time when time began,
before the cosmos came to be,
God lived in love and love was all
and love o’erflowed the One in Three.
The Father spoke and glory shone,
creating both the day and night.
The Word of God was life for all,
eternal, undivided light.
Though sin has done its spoiling work,
with life corrupted, love ignored,
our Christ has come, redeeming all:
a life laid down, a love outpoured.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill my heart,
repair my life, renew my will,
that I may know and share your love
and Christ may all my living fill.
I worship and adore you, Lord,
I praise you, Father, Spirit, Son;
for you are mine and I am yours,
eternal Love, beloved One.
Christopher J Ellis
Tunes: Tallis’s Canon
Come Together (Jimmy Owens)
Welcome to the new-look crammedwithheaven.org blog and website. If you have been here before, or if you are a follower and have wondered about the site’s inactivity, then I am happy to announce a new beginning.
Not only do we have a new and clearer appearance to the site, but the content has been revised and refocused. Most importantly, in its new era there will be regular blogs and an expanding fund of resources on some of the pages.
When I began the blog in 2011 I was on study leave in Italy and was reflecting on art and spirituality. You can still find my musings my Italian Journey page. Since then I have done a lot more painting and, I hope, a lot more praying. You can find some of my more recent art works through the GALLERY menu and there will still be a focus on the visual arts in this site. But I now want to both widen the range and sharpen the focus of crammedwithheaven.org.
The range of my musings will continue to embrace art and spirituality but will now also include poetry. In the spirit of a reflective practitioner, I want to both practise these things and reflect upon them. The static web pages will offer resources for worship, together with some of my paintings, poems and prayers. There will also be a small number of pages dedicated to the academic study of these creative areas and their relationship to praying and doing theology. The now-to-be-regular blogs will offer a mix of reflection, study and artistic creations of one kind or another. So:
PRAYER, PAINTING AND POETRY
– REFLECTIONS, STUDIES AND RESOURCES
I hope you find this new era of crammedwithheaven.org both interesting and useful. If you do then please tell a friend!