Cranmer’s Curate writes:
It was a small change in the magnificent Timothy Dudley-Smith hymn ‘Lord for the years’ in a service of choral evensong at an English cathedral. But it was a change that revealed the world of difference between orthodox Anglicans and the revisionists.
In the fourth verse of his hymn, the Anglican Evangelical hymn writer, former bishop of Thetford and biographer of Dr John Stott wrote this:
‘Lord, for our world where men disown and doubt you, loveless in strength and comfortless in pain, hungry and helpless, lost indeed without you: Lord of the world, we pray that Christ may reign.’
But on the order of service at the cathedral, this had been changed to:
‘Lord, for our world; when we disown and doubt you, loveless in strength, comfortless in pain…’
This may seem a very trivial change and one made apparently for reasons of ‘inclusive language’. It may also seem much more