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  • Fairtrade Fortnight 2011

    Starts today.

    Watch the video here.

    Show off your label!!!

  • Illusion

    I happened across this video short whilst meandering around the web today.  It isn't an actress pretending, it's a real person who happens to work in media.  It is beautiful and poignant... and as an older 'younger woman' it resonates to a degree, though I doubt I was ever that slim and never did go in for the makeup! 

    The makers are happy for it to be shared far and wide... so feel free to pass it on.

  • Singing the Beattitudes

    Not a lot to say today, so I thought I'd post the words of a setting of the Beattitudes our choir sing from time to time...


    Blest are they, the poor in spirit,

    Theirs is the Kingdom of God.

    Blest are they, full of sorrow,

    They shall be consoled

    Rejoice and be glad!

    Blessed are you, holy are you!

    Rejoice and be glad!

    Yours is the Kingdom of God.


    Blest are they, the lowly ones,

    They shall inherit the earth.

    Blest are they, who hunger and thirst,

    They shall have thier fill



    Blest are they who show mercy,

    Mercy shall be theirs.

    Blest are they, the pure of heart,

    They shall see our God.



    Blest are they, who seek peace,

    They are the children of God.

    Blest are they, who suffer in faith,

    The glory of God is theirs.



    Blest are you who suffer hate

    All because of me.

    Rwjoice and be glad, yours is the Kingdom

    Shine for all to see.



    David Haas, (c) GIA Publications

    It isn't in many UK hymnals*, but is in HymnQuest.  It is a very restful setting to listen to, and the refrain 'soars' as it expresses hope.  Enjoy.


    * Church Hymnary Fourth Ed. if you are in Scotland; otherwise it is Laudate (Decani Music), Celebration Hymnal for Everyone (McCrimmon) or Hymns of Glory, Song of Praise (Canterbury Press)