It’s time for some Bruce Cockburn again – just to keep a sense of perspective in all the other stuff going on.

The Church is a means to an end – a sign of the Kingdom of God (apparently), but not coterminus with the Kingdom of God. When we confuse ends with means we have a problem.

So, Cockburn brings us back to the bigger picture (with echoes of St Augustine) in the beautiful Lord of the Starfields:

Lord of the starfields
Ancient of Days
Universe Maker
here’s a song in your praise.
wings of the storm cloud
beginning and end
you make my heart leap
like a banner in the wind.

O Love that fires the sun
keep me burning.

Lord of the starfields
sower of life,
heaven and earth are
full of your light.
Voice of the nova
smile of the dew
all of our yearning
only comes home to you.

O Love that fires the sun
keep me burning

[In the Falling Dark (1976)]