From the Music Ministry….

In Memoriam [Ring Out, Wild Bells]
Alfred Lord Tennyson – 1809-1892

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;

Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;

Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind.
For those that here we see no more;
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,

Ring in redress to all mankind.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,

With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes

But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,

Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,

Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,

Ring in the Christ that is to be.

(Set to the tune: waltham)

Dear Lord, as the Old Year dies and a New Year is born, may we honestly evaluate ourselves in the bright light of Your truth. Help us to invite Your illuminating and convicting Spirit to empower us to fling off old hurtful and unhealthy attitudes, banish all harmful habits we have taken up, and turn away from all falsehoods that have found a home in our lives. This New Year, through the power of your Spirit’s continuing work, may we become more like You, finding new ways to be kind and empathetic, working to develop healthy and gracious habits, and being compassionately true in our words and deeds.

Happy New Year!