This hymn by Andrew Pratt was commissioned for the Gravelhole Methodist Church Arts Festival at Royton Methodist Church, Oldham.
Here is a canvas as broad as creation,
here is a palette of life and of light.
Here God is painting through each generation,
mixing fresh pigments to move or delight.
Artists have joined in the bright celebration,
capturing images, pictures that shine;
telling new stories, recording our hist'ry,
moments of harmony, dancing through time.
Others reflecting, exploring and shaping,
seek to imagine, to let colours flow,
using their skills as they share in creation,
changing perspectives as images grow.
Now let us join in this same acclamation,
challenge perceptions and offer new ways,
new ways of seeing to share re-creation,
now in this place, in this time, in our days.
© Andrew Pratt 24/04/2010