Out of Deep, Unordered Water

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1 Out of deep, unordered water
God created light and land,
World of bird and beast and,later,
In God's image, woman, man.
There is water in the river
Bringing life to tree and plant.
Let creation praise its giver;
There is water in the font.

2 Water on the human forehead,
Birthmark of the love of God
Is the sign of death and rising
Through the seas there runs a road.
There is water in the river
Bringing life to tree and plant.
Let creation praise its giver;
There is water in the font.

3 Standing round the font reminds us
Of the Hebrews' climb ashore.
Life is hallowed by the knowledge:
God has been this way before.
There is water in the river
Bringing life to tree and plant.
Let creation praise its giver;
There is water in the font.

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Author: Fred Kaan

Fred Kaan Hymn writer. His hymns include both original work and translations. He sought to address issues of peace and justice. He was born in Haarlem in the Netherlands in July 1929. He was baptised in St Bavo Cathedral but his family did not attend church regularly. He lived through the Nazi occupation, saw three of his grandparents die of starvation, and witnessed his parents deep involvement in the resistance movement. They took in a number of refugees. He became a pacifist and began attending church in his teens. Having become interested in British Congregationalism (later to become the United Reformed Church) through a friendship, he was attended Western College in Bristol. He was ordained in 1955 at the Windsor Road Congregation… Go to person page >

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First Line: Out of deep, unordered water
Title: Out of Deep, Unordered Water
Author: Fred Kaan (1965)
Meter: 8.7.8.7 D
Language: English
Copyright: Copyright © 1968 by Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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RUSTINGTON

C. Hubert H. Parry's (PHH 145) RUSTINGTON was first published in the Westminster Abbey Hymn Book (1897) as a setting for Benjamin Webb's "Praise the Rock of Our Salvation." The tune is named for the village in Sussex, England, where Parry lived for some years and where he died. This is such a distin…

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