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Here is love, vast as the ocean — 11 Comments

  1. Hi Ian, I wish I had been there to hear that sermon, Having worked in Merthyr Tydfil for 7 Years, The Aberfan disaster touched everyone I worked with, The date also my Mums Birthday always reminds me of the great sorrow and loss of that day. Although I was only 23 Months old at the time I can remember seeing coverage of the news on the television, one of my earliest memories. Thank You, Alistair.

  2. I was thinking about your Dad when we sang the hymn – the Dublin Welsh Choir would do a great rendition of it.

  3. August 26, 2011

    Last night I was looking for a new praise song to learn for our church’s music program. I went through pieces of about thirty modern songs and happened to “stumble” on this one (Here is Love, Vast as the Ocean). When I heard it, that was it. I had to learn it and started playing it. While walking to work this morning I was memorizing the lyrics.

    The Hand of Providence? This morning before leaving for work I found your article. I also “stumbled” upon it.

    The irony? Two weeks ago, I had preached a sermon on Evan Roberts, and the revival of 1904. I had covered Evan’s four points for revival. We will be playing this song today at lunch and tomorrow at church, and hopefully many times thereafter, God willing. Please keep us in your prayers!

    Blessings! Robert
    Nashville, Tennessee, USA

    Here Is Love, Vast as the Ocean
    v.1
    C2 G C2
    Here is love, vast as the ocean
    G D
    Lovingkindness as the flood
    G C2
    When the Prince of Life, our Ransom
    G D/F# G
    Shed for us His precious blood
    D/F#
    Who His love will not remember?
    D7 G
    Who can cease to sing His Praise?
    Em7 C
    He can never be forgotten
    G D/F# G C2
    Throughout Heav’n’s eternal days

    On the mount of crucifixion
    Fountains opened deep and wide
    Through the floodgates of God’s mercy
    Flowed a vast and gracious tide
    Grace and love, like mighty rivers
    Pour incessant from above
    And Heav’n’s peace and perfect justice
    Kissed a guilty world in love.

    Let me all Thy love accepting,
    Love Thee, ever all my days;
    Let me seek Thy kingdom only
    And my life be to Thy praise;
    Thou alone shalt be my glory,
    Nothing in the world I see.
    Thou hast cleansed and sanctified me,
    Thou Thyself hast set me free.

    In Thy truth Thou dost direct me
    By Thy Spirit through Thy Word;
    And Thy grace my need is meeting,
    As I trust in Thee, my Lord.
    Of Thy fullness Thou art pouring
    Thy great love and power on me,
    Without measure, full and boundless,
    Drawing out my heart to Thee.

  4. ‘Here is love’ seems to encapsulate the spirit of the Welsh Revival. May your endeavours for the Kingdom be blessed.

  5. My father was at Aberfan, helping with the digging. It was the worst experience of his life but, like many of his fellow would be rescuers, he never blamed God for waht had happened. Rev. Hayes and his wife (who the last I heard is still alive) were truly inspirational Christians – faith in action in even the worst conditions. Thanks you for this article. Diolch yn fawr iawn!

  6. Have you introduced the Parish of St Matthias Gahogo to that wonderful hymn yet? Wouldn’t it be so great for a whole new fellowship to sing this in their own special way. I was chatting to Maria the other evening and we both said how you can move us to tears so easily. This has again and also your blog of today. How wonderful that a man who died all those years ago should be remembered by you his Rector and friend. This is what you are made of Ian – kindness, sympathy, compassion and love vast as the ocean. Blessings.

  7. Thank you for the kind words – I’m not sure who you are talking about 🙂 I’m hoping to visit Gahogo over the weekend, but am not sure if the hymn would fit their sense of rhythm!

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