Sharing blessings through music – Tuesday 29th September

Hi everyone,

Many of you will already know that I celebrated a ‘special’ birthday during the past week – you know one of those that ends in a zero and serves to remind you that you’re starting the next decade!!! (Something you’d prefer to forget!) Obviously, most plans and celebrations have had to be cancelled this year, so my special birthday was a very low key affair. However, I did receive many cards and several lovely gifts, for which I am truly grateful.

One special gift from family was a photo book of my life so far. As I turned the pages and looked back over the years, it brought back so many memories of family members, special occasions, dear friends, places I’d visited, and reminded me of how blessed I’ve been. But more than that it caused me to reflect on how faithful God has been through the years!

This first song has been going through my mind.

Faithful One

The photos in the book showed how much I have changed, but I serve a God who is unchanging and faithful, even when I let him down – the one constant thing throughout my life!

What a faithful God have I

Myrtle reminded me of this lovely song a couple of weeks ago and I promised to include it.

I am praying

Gwyneth requested our next song which I know has become a favourite of many since we first sang it in the Songsters a few years ago.

Your grace still amazes me

Stay safe and stay well.

God bless,
Chris

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Sunday Worship – 27th September 2020

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Tuesday 22nd September – Sharing blessings through music

Hi everyone,

I haven’t posted anything for a couple of weeks because I was fortunate enough to spend a week away on the east coast with Phil and Ema and the children. There’s nothing like time spent with grandchildren to help you forget everything else… and wear you out!

Enjoying more time outdoors whilst away and the beautiful weather we’ve had since we arrived back home last week brought to mind the lovely setting by John Rutter of the words ‘For the beauty of the earth.’

For the beauty of the earth

As we travelled across the country we noticed fields that had been harvested and the leaves just beginning to turn, reminding us of the changing seasons and how nature will run its course because, no matter what is going on in the world, God is faithful.

This next song has been going round in my head for a few days since I heard it on the radio. It’s another John Rutter song which we learned in the Songsters a few years ago. It urges us to ‘Look at the world’ with all its beauty and diversity and marvel at God’s creation. It reminds us to be thankful for all that we share and that ‘All things come of Thee.’

Psalm 24 v1-2 says, ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for He has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters.’

Look at the world

My third song came to mind when I was thinking about students returning to university and in particular those leaving home for the first time to begin the next chapter of their lives. So Anya Headland and Alice Marriott-lodge, you’re still part of our church family and we will be praying for you, but more importantly…

Deuteronomy 31 v8 says; ‘The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you, nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.’

This song is for you, Anya and Alice, and for anyone else who may need to be reminded that, no matter how we’re feeling or what we’re going through, we are never alone because God is always there with us.

You are always there

Finally, a blessing.

The Lord bless you and keep you

Have a good week.
Chris

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