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  • Hymns.... Help!

    OK, so a week on Sunday we are using the BMS Undefeated material.  I am looking for hymns/songs that connect with the threefold theme of disability, justice and inclusion.  I do not want any that refer to healing miracles, since this is not the way the material works (thankfully!).  I have tried searching Hymnquest without success, so I am hoping that some will have some ideas...  "Will You Come and Follow Me" is too hackneyed for this occasion.


    During the service we will also be using other media/methods of "singing" but I don't want to give away all my ideas on here as too many goregous Gatherers read this stuff.

  • Summer Madness!

    I have not, yet, managed to get out of my own front door!  The phone is ringing, the mobile is beeping and emails are pinging.  Once I do get out, I have two meetings today.  And then the madness of June begins... and it makes me SO happy just to be able to do it again!

    June already has...

    Six community events (I will make it to five)

    A funeral (in northern England)

    Two conferences (one in Scotland, one in England)

    A Baptism (for someone in Scotland in southern England!)

    Several meetings

    Two end-of-year noshes

    And a day trip to the seaside with one of our groups


    I'll be needing another holiday at the end of it!

  • Spirit in Motion

    Oooh, I like it when things come together!

    Last Sunday we celebrated Pentecst and it was trully wonderful.

    This week we continue looking at how the Spirit moves... beware sacramentalists I am exploring charisms and spiritual fruit in terms of of an Aquinas style definition of a sacrament (so less about rituals/rites/'special' grace and more characteristics/attitudes/'ordinary' grace).  See, if you understoof sacraments properly (i.e. like wot I do) it'd be fine!

    Next week we are going to use the BMS Undefeated material which links to the paralympics... I know that is a-g-e-s off yet.  But, cue spooky music... the olympic torch passes the end of the road where the Gathering Place islocated not once but twice next week!  It is in the last stretch fFriday, due to pass us just before 6 p.m. and the first stretch of Saturday, due past a little after 7 a.m.

    Truly Spirit in Motion in every sense of the word

  • Sunshine on a Dull Day

    sunshineblogaward (1).jpgMy blogging friend Perpetua has very kindly awarded me this badge which  have gladly accepted.  The lovely orange gerbera type daisy brings brightness into my day when the weather in Glasgow is grey and significantly cooler than it has been.  Not that I'm complaining, I was finding the heat a bit overwhelming.

    Anyway, the theory is that your link ten sunny blogs, giving them the award, and answer nine other questions about yourself.  If I am honest, it is question one (the blog links) that has stumped me as many fo the blogs I follow are fairly serious!  And many of the sunny ones are defunct!  So I have selected a few of those I read regularly which often bring a smile to my face, and which are diverse in content.  They are not 'tags' but if the nominees wish to accept the award and tag onwards, then they are very welcome to; if they don't that's fine too (at least one says its owner is not accepting awards!).  I got to eight, in no particular order, if I missed yours and you feel miffed, sorry!

    Tracing Rainbows (the blog of a pastor's wife in semi-rural England)

    It Could Only happen to You Chez (the no holds barred blog of a feisty young woman from Liverpool who has faced breast cancer; caution latest post has her SCAR project style photos)

    Well I Never (a blog mainly of creative writing and craft stuff)

    Living Wittily (the blog of a theologian, poetry lover and general good egg)

    The Beaker Folk of Husbourne Crawley (Archdruid Eileen and her friends)

    The Ongoing Adventures of ASBO Jesus (funny and thought provoking cartoons)

    Rumours of Rhyme (another poetry/creative writing blog)

    Grounded (the photo blog of ministerial student and former pilot)


    Now to the other questions...

    Favourite colour:  Blue, especially 'electric' blues; peacock colours in general (brighter blue, green and purple).  Love my red duffle coat.  And I happen to look good in black!

    Favourite animal:  Cats, no contest.  Tigers for big cats, Holly for small cats.

    Favourite number:  When asked for a random number I invariably say 17 (along with most of the UK population apparently).  Don't have a favourite... though every birthday number is a bonus.

    Favourite drink:  Tea.  Sainbury's Red Label for general purpose, Earl Grey hot (a la Jean Luc Picard), peppermint or ginger& lemon.  And Skinny Fairtrade lattes, obviously.

    Facebook or Twitter:  FB - but only recently, and mainly for a couple of "secret groups".  Twitter as well would be a time waste too far, even for me!

    Your passion:  Life!  Mission in Many Modes a la David Bosch.

    Giving or getting presents:  Both!

    Favourite day:  Every day I wake up is my current favourite... and each has its special moments

    Favourite flowers:  I love spring flowers, especially daffodils and snowdrops; freesias and carnations for cut flowers; daisies and dandelions for wild flowers.  Some of these have special significance because they are associated with special people.
  • Gorgeous Old Hymns (2)

    Another lovely oldie, can be found in BHB, CH4, H&P, R&S among others

    Spirit of God, descend upon my heart;
    Wean it from earth; through all its pulses move;
    Stoop to my weakness, mighty as Thou art,
    And make me love Thee as I ought to love.

    I ask no dream, no prophet-ecstasies,
    no sudden rending of the veil of clay,
    no angel-visitant, no opening skies;
    but take the dimness of my soul away.

    Hast Thou not bid me love Thee, God and King -
    All, all Thine own, soul, heart, and strength and mind?
    I see Thy cross - there teach my heart to cling:
    O let me seek Thee, and O let me find!

    Teach me to feel that Thou art always nigh;
    Teach me the struggles of the soul to bear,
    To check the rising doubt, the rebel sigh;
    Teach me the patience of unanswered prayer.

    Teach me to love Thee as Thine angels love,
    One holy passion filling all my frame -
    The baptism of the heaven-descended Dove,
    My heart an altar, and Thy love the flame.

    George Croly (1780-1860)