God of concrete, God of steel
God of concrete, God of steel. Richard Granville Jones* (1926- ).
Written in 1964 when Jones was a leading member of the ‘Renewal Group’ in Methodism, and first sung at the Sheffield Methodist District Synod in May of that year. It was inspired by a realisation of ‘the way in which all the symbols of the exciting modern world had become unrelated to our normal conception of God’, and by a complaint from a youth group that the imagery of hymnody was old-fashioned. It was a bold response to these perceived needs: it caused something of a sensation at the time, and was immediately popular, although its very immediacy meant that it dated quickly. It was first published in the Methodist...
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