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Lyrical Riffs

Lyrical Riffs

Readings with repetitive, arresting phrases.

Wednesday Riff: Pruning

I am the true vine, and my father is the gardener. He prunes every branch in me that bears fruit. Lord, that’s easy to read, trips off the tongue, But …

Wednesday Riffs: Song & Gratitude

Gratitude If you had not entrusted yourself to us, Where would we be, I wonder. If you had not entrusted yourself To that young poor couple in Bethlehem, If you …

Wednesday Riff: Gratitude

If you had not entrusted yourself to us, Where would we be, I wonder. If you had not entrusted yourself To that young poor couple in Bethlehem, If you had …

Wednesday Riff: I Still Believe

I still believe, though I’m often haunted by doubt, I still believe, though the road goes uphill at times. I still believe in truth though life has its shams, I …

Wednesday Riff: Psalm 136 Revisited

We are born. We cry. We fill nappies and drink milk. His love, his kindness, his caring presence is always with us. We grow. We struggle. We learn. We tumble. …

Wednesday Riff: A Prayer for Peace

Lord we pray today for peace in your world, For those working to bring peace, For those longing to live in peace, For those with the power to offer peace. …

Wednesday Riff: On Prayers and Praying

What of our prayers and praying? They are like a hand reaching for help and comfort And something solid for ourselves and others, A song we make up as we …

Wednesday Riff: All

To offer it all, our whole being, the bits we like and the bits we don’t. Like Jacob wrestling with an angel, we wrestle in our love for God, We …

Wednesday Riff: Open Hands

To live a life with open hands, I think must be a wonderful thing, Risky, and vulnerable, of course Yet also free of the compulsion to hold onto things, Free …

Wednesday Riff: Fuel

It matters What we put in, What we take on board, What we absorb and hold on to. Or to put it another way, The saying goes: Feed the healthy …

Ps23

Lord, for ourselves, for those we care for, And for those who lead us at all levels, Please would you be our shepherd today. Guiding us, providing what we need, …

A Prayer

Give justice to our leaders, O God, May it top their to-do list. Help them judge and guide your people in the right way, Let the poor always be treated …

Wednesday Riff: Fretting

Fretting We fret about so many things Surviving, success, stability, Being accepted, being strong, Our looks, our finances, our family. Those we love, those we like, those we fear, Our …

Wednesday Riff: Psalm 24

Far from random, no accident or evolutionary hiccup. But a plan for meaning, a people known and designed. Flawed yes, so flawed, but offered a rescue plan. A daily beginning …

Wednesday Riff: If

If you are the Way, the winding path, Then surely nobody knows how to get home Without you. If you are the Life, the source, Then perhaps nobody breathes or …

Wednesday Riffs: Twilight and Calling

Calling Lord we long for you, As dry ground longs for rain, As sports fans long for a win, As weary travellers long for rest. Lord we thirst for you, …

Wednesday Riff: Salvation

A many layered gift, Moving us from darkness to light, From fear to compassion, From rejection to welcome, From lost to found, (Though we may struggle to find ourselves at …

Wednesday Riff: Three

A welcoming figure, Standing here on the road to life, Waiting each day for us to return, Limping up this potholed path, Our hands and hearts and minds Empty enough …

Wednesday Riff: Ordinary

Lord, please, tune us in to your ordinary whispers, and the signs of your presence, in the regular and ordinary. Show us the footprints and fingerprints you leave, throughout each …

Wednesday Riff: The Spiritually Poor

Blessed are the spiritually poor, Those who struggle at times, Those who find the going tough, Those who do not feel very spiritual. Those who find the narrow road a …

Wednesday Riff: Heart Song

The human heart is rather like an old attic. It is a place of storage, a place of memories. We wander through it and discover things long forgotten, things we …

Wednesday Riff: Refuge

Not about the right words, Or the right background, Or best behaviour, Not about religion or being earnest, Or the right spiritual credentials. But a place of refuge, A safe …

Wednesday Riff: FHL

Faith, hope and love, How we need them, Yet we so easily lose sight of them. Faith, like a flickering candle, Battered in each day’s breeze. Hope, the compass that …

Wednesday Riff: Star of the Weak

Today we may not feel as if we are Star of the week, Again. Just feeling ordinary, nothing special, Aspiring to a level we will never make, And yet… and …

Wednesday Riffs: Known & Dreaming

Known Eliashib and Hassenaah, Baruch, Zaccur, Jedaiah, Meremoth and Azariah, Palal, Rehum, Hashabiah, Zadok, Jadon, Malkijah, Hanun, Shallum, Rephaiah. You may not know any of these, Or even say their …

Wednesday Riff: A Place of Calm

I lift my eyes up to the mountains, To the sky, to that wide open plain above The trees, the homes, the skyscrapers, To that space beyond the borders, Beyond …

The Hills We Climb

He is with us on the hills we climb, (Often feeling like mountains to us) Hills we cannot avoid, Hills of our own making, The hills thrust upon us. The …

For Easter: The Son

Heat, bugs, and temptation, 40 days, the pressure on, then Starts his mission, jampacked, A rollercoaster that’s a fact. Stories, wisdom, healing… A man down through the ceiling, Meets a …

Thursday Riff: For us

He has made this troubled wilderness his home, He’s walked through the valley of the shadows here, This Good Shepherd, come to save his sheep, The king in dusty, creased, …

Wednesday Riff: Hold On

Hold on to the good stuff, The encouragements and smiles, Those things that spur you on, Those things that lift you and Point you in the right direction, The lessons …

Wednesday Riff: The One

The one who drew close to us, The one who knew us long before we began to know ourselves, The one who stuck with us, though many times we turned away, …

Wednesday Riff: Wonderful and Complex

We are wonderful and complex, Unique and precious. We don’t all learn at the same rate, We don’t all appreciate the same things. We don’t all laugh and cry at …

Wednesday Riff: Blessed

Blessed are you when you can muster a smile, You never know who might get the benefit. Blessed are you when you pick yourself up After another stumble or slip. …

Wednesday Riff: Desert Son

‘I will call them out into the desert And speak tenderly to them there.’ So he goes, out into the dry place, Away from the distractions, To focus, to listen, …

Wednesday Riff: Your Presence

Your presence, How we need it, How I need it. To give us courage, Patience, Strength, Meaning. The energy to keep going, The promise that there is more, The impetus …

Wednesday Riff: Peace

You Lord keep in peace Those whose minds are set on you. You know how our minds race, How they dip and dive, How we paint ourselves into dark corners, …

Wednesday Riff: God in the Ordinary

The silences and the noises, the waiting and the wondering, the nudges and the hunches, the longings and the questions, the doubting and the believing, the moments and the hours, …

Wednesday Riff: Furniture

There are times when life feels tidy, Organised, neatly controlled, All the bits safely within our grasp, Motivation flowing from a tank full of energy. And there are times when …

Wednesday Riff: The Penguin

‘Don’t worry…’ we are told. If only. But Jesus tells us more, offers us something else. Go and find something green, he suggests. Something that flies, or sings, or blossoms. …

Wednesday Riff: Three Boxes of Frankincense?

What if the wise men Had not conferred before setting off? Before packing their bags and Saddling up in search of the starry king. Had not compared their presents. ‘I …

2021

You are our help in our troubles, Our calm in the storms, Our strength in the pressure and trials, Out stillness in the hurrying. Our song and our lamenting. Our …

Wednesday Riff: Emmanuel

We thought of God as distant, Hidden somewhere in the clouds Up there, unapproachable, A deity too far away, One that would not be interested, Would never come close For …

Wednesday Riff: King of Kindness

As we turn our gaze once more, To the king of kindness, Once stable born and one day returning… We thank you Lord for the many glimpses Of kindness we …

Wednesday Riff: The Waiting

Not easy to be part of the waiting, We want to get on, to do things, To achieve, to be onto the next thing, To be busy and part of …

Wednesday Riff: A Great Light

Those of us who walk in darkness Have seen a light, A great and fragile light, A light that first brought light to the world. A light offered to all …

Wednesday Riff: The Truth. Sort of.

Why is it so hard to tell the truth? The truth about my doubts and fears, The truth that anxiety grates like a detuned radio In the back of my …

Wednesday Riff: The Moment

Easy to miss the moment, I do it all the time, Too busy waiting for the next thing, To appreciate the real thing. Too busy making plans, To appreciate the …

Lyrical Riffs: Difference and Closer

Difference I prayed a prayer today, Not sure that it really worked. Went outside and noticed the colours Carried a vivid autumnal depth. Bumped into old whatsisname, He drives me …

Wednesday Riff: You Know How It Is

You know how it is when your back’s against the wall, When your bones are weary from another day, When you can’t see the sun for the clouds. You know …

Wednesday Riff: Faith

Not some finely-tuned superpower, Or aggressive weapon we wield with pride, Not some glossy trophy we polish from time to time, Or a badge of honour for impressing others. But …