We've just had a few days at West Wyalong visiting Yvonne's brothers. The farmhouse in which Yvonne grew up , "Waratah" is being sold as Bruce and Jenny are retiring and moving. So it was a time of remembering and saying farewell to the homestead. I took a bunch of photos around the farm.
Todays I had an email from Melbourne from someone who has translated "Like a Candle" into French for use in a francophile Anglican church. How good is that? Here it is. Thanks Ilkka.
Telle une bougie frêle qui lutte Sans colère contre la nuit, L’étincelle qui saute des ombres, Qui chauffe partout où elle luit, La tendresse est perceptible, L’espérance affronte la peine, Une flamme douce exprime l’essence De l’amitié humaine.
Tels les fleuves puissants qui coulent, Les rapides qui tourbillonnent, Sont les phases passagères De la vie de toute personne. Nos voyages inéluctables Font des coudes inattendus. Quand l’Esprit nous réconforte, Jamais nous ne sommes vaincus.
Tel un ange qui fait sa ronde Sur cette terre ingrate d’argile, Qui sourit, qui sèche les larmes, Qui aux plaies verse sa bonne huile, Passons notre vie entière Dans la grâce qui vient des cieux, Embrassant la bienveillance: C’est le vrai visage de Dieu.
Vois toujours dans les ténèbres L’espoir vif qui nous éclaire; Parle des mots qui affermissent, Qui consolent et qui libèrent. Laisse ton voisinage entendre Chaque matin un chant nouveau, Lève les yeux et marche sans crainte Vers les lieux qui sont plus hauts.
La tendresse est perceptible, L’espérance affronte la peine, Une flamme douce exprime l’essence De l’amitié humaine.
I'm leading worship in my local congregation for Pentecost Sunday. I've been trying to get back to blogging regularly so here's a good reason to do so. This is the outline of what we're doing.
We're combining the Acts 2 Pentecost reading with Galatians 5 on the Fruits of the Spirit. The church is decorated with coloured cloth, blood red grape vine leaves, red yellow and orange flames, grapes, and a fire ready to be lit (clay kitty litter and methylated spirits). On the seats are 100 cutout leaves, each with one of the fruits of the spirit on them.
Call to Worship This features a sung response from Miriam Therese Winter's Woman Prayer, Woman Song and I started with her words and then changed a lot and wrote a lot of my own. We're inviting a dozen people from the congregation (spontaneously) to come and be a vocal chorus to lead the first four sections, raising their hands each time the speak. The congregation will be divided into 2 parts to respond.
L: Come Spirit! 1: Wind on the waters L: Come Spirit! 2: Breath in our hearts L: Come Spirit! 1: Dance of Creation L: Speak to us! 2: Bring a new start
Come, Spirit, come and be a new reality Your touch is guarantee of love alive in me
Back in the mid-70's, my local church put on a couple of musicals - Weller's Hill-Tarragindi Uniting, which had been a co-operative Methodist & Presbyterian parish for 4 tears prior to church union. I've recently uncovered and digitised the cassette recordings of the two shows. Here they are as mp3 downloads. The audio quality is what it is. I think the year was 1975.
I have a copy of the program somewhere and will add it to this post when I find it. The extant photos, however, will remain hidden for legal reasons.
The older youth and young adults, including me, were in the first musical, while the second featured the primary and younger secondary age kids.
Here are direct download links. Right-click (PC) or control-click (Mac) to download.
Rosefield Uniting Church's fifth Interactive Christmas event was held yesterday on a scorching 41 degree day in Adelaide. The extreme heat certainly reduced attendance, particularly of families with pre-schoolers, but it was still a great evening. We have a spectacular group of helpers who come out every year for this event.
For the second year we tried to have the first half-hour for families with young children, catering for our Playgroup and Mainly Music families. Celia did a great job. We had a great band and a humorous drama. But families with older kids turned up for this session, so we'll rejig it a bit it for next time.
This is from July 2015. The theme was about the Parable of the House on the Rock and about the foundations of home life.
1. Arrival Activity - We didn't have one for a change. I thought of a few but couldn't find one that I liked.
2. Video - We linked the theme with short clips from the movie "Despicable Me" so we started off with a couple of these to introduce the story.
3. Theme Introduction
In May our theme was “Family Matters” and we started to explore the theme of families. (Story of boy Jesus getting lost and going to the Temple.) Today we’re continuing that theme and asking about the foundations of our home life? What makes our family life, our home life, strong and what give it structure? So our theme is “House Rules” and we’re using the metaphor of building a house to think about what kind of family life we’re building.
4. Song - "Put On Love"
5. Prayer of Thanks - interactive prayer. What are we thankful for about our families?
6. Video - " Despicable Me" clip
What are some of the rules in your house?
Why do we have rules?
What is the difference between a rule and a habit?