Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Guillemots - Take Me Home

When all the world's been dreaming
I've been burning all my feelings
I wish that I was dreaming too
I wish I was asleep

Oh, take me home
Take me home
Take me home
Take me home
Take me home

Been a strange day today, all I have wanted to since I got up was to go back to bed. Not really because I was tired rather because I didn't want to engage with the world. I just wanted to shut the doors, draw the curtains and hideaway. Instead however, I had a meeting all morning followed by lunch, the meeting was ok but still I wanted to be at home. This Sunday's reading is Mark 6 v 30 - 34, 53 - 56 Jesus and the disciples withdraw to pray, perhaps this is where I am at. A busy few days with work and family and perhaps now I need to recharge physically, emotionally and spiritually. Instead tomorrow I have a plan setting meeting and then into school for a meeting with the headteacher. Perhaps I can find time to be still at some point, I know that I need to spend time being and not just doing but at times if someone would only just Take Me Home.

Lord God, in the busyness of our days help us to stop and listen for your voice. Remind us that it is your strength we serve and not in ours, so help us to learn to rest in your presence and find refreshment in you.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Editors - Sing When You're In Love

On dance floors from London to Liverpool
In the dark of the night when the air is cool
Out in the street in the pouring rain
In a concrete jungle that echoes your name

In a hundred hotel rooms where a few hundred sleep
In a thousand cheap boozers where young lovers meet
In a million miles of traffic jams we waste away time
In a single sad moment when we say our goodbyes

Sing when you're in love

Have I mentioned before how much I love my wife? Have I mentioned before how proud I am of my wife? Well just in case I haven't here goes.

Today was K's graduation having taken the bold decision to go back to university, she not only passed but passed gaining a 1st class honours degree! So today we attended the graduation ceremony at the Bridgewater Hall, K (not so young anymore but still junior), H and R all came too and were also so proud of their Mum, what a role model. A great day enjoyed by us all.

I am so proud of her and simply love her so much. She worked hard continued to struggle through difficult times, produced the most incredible dissertation and proved to everyone else a fact I already new, that she is amazing. K I love you and I am so proud of you.

So as the song suggests I am singing loudly.

Lord God, thank you for wives, they rock!

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Friday, July 10, 2009

The Kooks - Shine On

Shine, shine, shine on
Wont you shine, shine on
(Sha la la la)
Shine, shine, shine on
Wont you shine, shine on

The coming weekend see's a church social and bbq for one church and a gardening afternoon and bbq for the other. The first hopes to raise funds for a Romanian family we support, the second came out of our alternative worship where we thinking about how we could show our neighbours that we cared. I hope that the sun will SHINE but having seen the weather forcast perhaps my prayer should be along different lines.

Lord God, we pray that you will SHINE on our lives, bless us as we share fellowship together and remind us always to be an inclusive community ready to welcome those whom we meet on our journey.

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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Biffy Clyro - Machines

Cause I’ve started falling apart I’m not savouring life
I’ve forgotten how good it could be to feel alive

Feel a bit like a machine this week. So much to do so little time, feeling guilty that I am taking time to write this post. Ministry is sometimes a grind, sometimes a chore, yet just when you least expect it something comes and lifts your day surprises you and reminds you of God's grace, the more I learn the more I learn about grace.

Loving God, help me to savour life and remind me that you give me life and life in all its fullness.



I remembered how to log on! I had intended to post loads whilst I was in Palestine but as you saw it never happened. I look at my blog regularly and feel guilty so should I close it down? I could never bring myself to do that so instead I intend to post the soundtrack to my day / week (let's not be to ambitious) and a few reasons why. Let's see how it goes and how long it lasts!