Today’s hymn from Sing Praise is “All-creating heavenly giver” by Michael Saward. It’s in the section of the book headed ‘The Church’s mission and ministry” but in fact it is a fairly standard hymn to the Trinity: one verse each addressed to the Creator/Father, one to the Lord and Saviour, one to the Holy Spirit and one to the threefold God. The words ‘church’, ‘ministry’ and ‘mission’ don’t appear at all.
So what are we singing about? The second half of each verse begins “We…”, so this is a corporate hymn of the Church (even if not named as such). “We your children lift our voices singing gladly of your love”; “We your servants … in your kingdom are united by that mighty sacrifice”; “We whose talents widely differ now restore to you your own”; and “We your people … now and ever, in thanksgiving to your praise and glory live”.
Overall, I’m not very inspired by this hymn. Saward has certainly written better: his “Christ Triumphant, ever reigning” is one of my favourites, although we don’t come to that one until Christ the King Sunday in November.