For this time of celebration

A hymn for a birthday
Sung to the tune ‘East Acklam

1. For this time of celebration
Thanks be to God;
For the years of affirmation,
Thanks be to God.
For the faith which still maintains us,
For the hope which yet sustains us,
As the love of Christ constrains us,
Thanks be to God.

2. For the eagerness of childhood,
Thanks be to God;
Blossoming to bright adulthood,
Thanks be to God.
Youthful days of exploration,
Student years of aspiration,
Grasping life with glad elation,
Thanks be to God

3. For our growing self-assurance,
Thanks be to God;
Challenge, tears, and perseverance;
Thanks be to God.
For our ardent love of learning,
Knowledge, skill and mind’s discerning,
Truth perceiving, wisdom yearning,
Thanks be to God.

4. For our family and kinship,
Thanks be to God.
For the joys of human friendship,
Thanks be to God.
Sunlit days of rest and leisure,
Rich with shared delight and pleasure,
Memories to hold and treasure,
Thanks be to God.

5. For the church’s inspiration
Thanks be to God;
Source of light and faith’s foundation,
Thanks be to God.
For its ceaseless round of caring;
Doubt, despair and heartache sharing;
Still for truth and right declaring;
Thanks be to God.

6. For this life of love and laughter,
Thanks be to God;
For the gift of life hereafter,
Thanks be to God.
For our certain faith in sorrow,
Hope assured beyond the rainbow,
Promising another morrow,
Thanks be to God!