I love HymnQuest, I type in the theme or a keyword and it shows me hymns and songs that fit the bill. Little plug - if your church doesn't already use it, consider buying it, it's fab.
Anyway, this morning I'm starting to look for hymns/songs on the 'outrageous generosity' theme. So, after looking up generosity as a theme, which was a bit disappointing, nothing very exciting popped up, I used 'outrageous' as a key word and found several hymns/songs I don't know which seemed to connect:
'All will be well' - how to embrace this madness, by Bill Thomas, speaks of outrageous hope
As Christ's body we move forward, by Jill Boyce-Tillman, speaks of outrageous liberty
Come let us enter in now, by Mike Busbee, Louise Fellingham and Nathan Fellingham, speaks of outrageous grace
Outrageous love, that dares to breach, by Andrew Pratt, speaks (obviously!) of outrageous love
There's a lot of pain, but a lot more healing, by Godfrey Birtill, speaks of outrageous grace
There were three others which used the word 'outrageous' but they didn't quite fit as the use was more conventional!
God's outrageous love and grace gives us outrageous liberty and hope... wow, that's a sermon in a sentence!
These songs/hymns reflect the full breadth of the theolgical spectrum and many different traditions, but each hints at the outrageous generosity of God.
Will I be using any of them? Probably not, but I've enjoyed reading them.
Here's Bill Thomas' little hymn anyway:
1 'All will be well' - how to embrace this madness
when earth itself is broken and in pain?
When daily living overflows with sadness,
such optimism surely is in vain?
2 For even Jesus (God!) was not protected
from anguish, torture, and a robber's grave.
If God's self-revelation is rejected,
how can we trust that there is power to save?
3 Yet pain and grief can never be victorious,
despite the grip of doom and stench of hell:
for Christ is raised from death, ascended, glorious,
to give outrageous hope: 'all will be well'.
Bill Thomas (born 1961) © 2001 Stainer & Bell Ltd