A Hymn for Justices of the Peace from Aotearoa / New Zealand

Prof Colin Gibson gives us permission to post a hymn that he wrote last year for New Zealand’s Justices of the Peace. What an incredibly practical new hymn … leading me to ask — what would be the hymn for your profession or my job — the highly skilled or the easily accomplished. What is in the heart of any specific labor that can be shared as a song for all. Learn more about prolific hymnwriter Colin Gibson here.

Rosalie Sugrue and Trish Harris have shared this hymn. The two of them joined up to write a chapter in A Child Laughs — Prayers of Justice and Hope: “The Carrier and the Carried: Re-defining Disability.”(Pilgrim Press, Mankin and Tirabassi, 2017) Disability Sunday is marked on the NZ lectionary always the 3rd Sunday in June, next Sunday. Trish and Rosalie will be featured at the Raumati church (‘Uniting Church’ – combination of Methodist, Presbyterian, and Christian Churches NZ), and will be interviewed about their books – ‘The Walking-stick Tree’ (Harris) and ‘Green, Ho!’(Sugrue)

Inter-faith Hymn
by Colin Gibson (Aotearoa/New Zealand)

May Justice and Peace walk hand in hand,
Justice and Peace throughout this land;
ours be the duty, ours the delight,
to wisely see for truth and right.

Let patience, respect, mark all that we do;
service our badge, integrity too;
ours be the care, and ours be the call
to show forth a justice to all.

Compassion, discernment be our creed,
openness to another’s need;
order and law, well understood,
set working toward the common good.

Great Fountain of Justice, Love and Peace,
Judge of the Nations, never cease
to point us towards your Vision Divine,
where Justice and Peace and Love combine.

If you would like the music for this hymn, please contact me at giftsinopenhands@gmail.com and I will give you contact information for Dr. Gibson.

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3 Responses to A Hymn for Justices of the Peace from Aotearoa / New Zealand

  1. Thanks for finding the informative link re Colin Gibson, he is amazing and I do recommend that anyone interested in music or lyrics takes opportunity to find out more about him.
    A correction re the Raumati Church (although I am a Methodist trained lay preacher) our Raumati church is a ‘Uniting Church’ – combination of Methodist, Presbyterian, and Christian Churches NZ (previously known as Associated Churches if Christ).

  2. Maren says:

    Whoops — fixing that!!! thank you.

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