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Lyrical Riffs

Lyrical Riffs

Readings with repetitive, arresting phrases.

Wednesday Riff: Open Book

Sometimes we open the book, Take a stroll through the pages, Weave between the words, Take the hand of one or two phrases, And sidestep some of the others. Sometimes … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Searching

For thus says the Lord GOD: I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. I won’t stay at a distance. I will come out into the … Read on

Wednesday Riff: The Whisper

There is a whisper, a quiet call. A still small voice, Willing us to come out from life’s crevices, From the rocks we hide behind. A subtle, hopeful invitation, ‘Come … Read on

Wednesday Riff: I Am

I am the way, I am the truth, I am the life, I am the resurrection. I am a fresh start and a new beginning, A voice in the wilderness … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Longings

We all have our longings O Lord, And we bring them to you as part of our worship. As Moses stood on that mountain top and looked down, Saw the … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Nothing Off Limits

We can bring everything to God, nothing is off limits with Him. Nothing too difficult, too harsh, too dark, Nothing too strange, too frightening, too unexpected, We can bring everything … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Offer

To offer a cup of water, A mug of tea, A helping hand, A moment to listen. To bring a kind word, A smile of encouragement, A sign of interest, … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Father Forgive

A Prayer Exercise – based on Matthew 18 vv 15-20 Begin by reading the following passage from  Matthew 18: 15 “If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Help Us

When we are tempted to put others down Help us to overcome evil with good When we long to pass on the latest piece of gossip Help us to overcome … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Sermon

They wait with bated breath as he walks to the front. ‘Love one another.’ He clears his throat and they live in hope. ‘Love one another.’ They can still recall … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Pause

Stop. Listen. Step aside From the rushing Of your mind. Take a moment, A second, A pause. His presence, Not the idea, The promise, The notion. But him, Here now, … Read on

Wednesday Riff: No Separation

What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Will politics, or fake news, or headlines … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Understood

O LORD, you have searched us and known us. You know when we sit down and when we rise up. You know when we are full of hope and enthusiasm, … Read on

Wednesday Riff: A Little Lower

Yet you have made us a little lower than the angels, You have crowned us with glory and honour. You have given us responsibility over the works of your hands … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Anger & Love

The Lord is gracious and compassionate Slow to anger and rich in love Unlike us Our anger, our love, just pale corrupted imitations His anger, his love, creative, full of … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Sweet Summons

We may gaze up at the night sky, squinting to see the lights of heaven, the shapes and wonders of God’s invention, the glimpses of his landing lights as they … Read on

Wednesday Riff: 3/1

In the beginning, When all was not as it is now; In the darkness, When light was just a twinkle in the Creator’s eye; In the past, When history was … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Valued & Called

Abraham was 75 when he followed God’s call, And took a step into the unknown. Anna was 84 when she spotted the baby Jesus, In a temple distracted by busyness. … Read on

Wednesday Riff: God’s Dry Stone Wall

So many stones, Small, large, smooth, jagged, new, old, Fitting into this craggy, jigsaw body, Different sizes, different shapes. All vital, all part of a bigger picture, Not a construction … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Emails

Like badly worded emails, There are spelling mistakes, The grammar is all adrift, And the Wi-Fi signal intermittent. We veer off at random tangents, Waffling terribly sometimes, We get our … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Everywhere

Those dry bones get everywhere In the workplaces and job centres In the homes and high streets In the schools and colleges Those dry bones get everywhere In the shops … Read on

Wednesday Riff: The Gate

I am the gate, whoever comes through me will find life. Others come to take and to steal, I have come to bring you life, and life in abundance. Others … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Confession

1 Happy are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD. My walk is not blameless, I often break your laws, O Lord. 2 Happy … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Choosing Sides

We stand on the touch line of life, and we choose our sides. Paul or Apollos. This side or that. We pick the best, the winning team. The spiritual giants, … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Church

We stand today with The poor church The persecuted church The grieving church The rejected church The pure-hearted church As part of the merciful church The lowly church The church … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Psalm

Praise the Lord! Praise him in the heights, Praise him on the earth, And everywhere you go. He made us and knows and loves us. He is the perfect father. … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Prayer and Time

Mixing Cement They kneel and pray, In their minds they’re mixing cement. Sometimes silent, Sometimes pleading, Sometimes grateful, Sometimes needing. Reminding themselves, Quietening themselves, Stilling themselves, Strengthening themselves. Waiting, questioning, … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Transformation

Drawing on John chapter 4, and a Samaritan woman at a well… The people stare. They can’t quite believe it. Is it really happening? This woman, the talk of the … Read on

Wednesday Riff: He Said

He never said he was God. Instead he left trails, dropped hints, footprints in the dirt. He never said it would be easy, Straightforward, or without its pressures. He never … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Something Real

As Jesus ventured down the high street alone, He studied the posters of rocks and stones. ‘These make nourishing meals,’ the straplines read. But Jesus spoke quietly to himself and … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Wrestling by the River

We come to another river And find ourselves wrestling again Our true selves reflected back at us in the water, Wrestling with ourselves Wrestling with an angel Wrestling with God. … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Saturday Life

We know much of Good Friday With its pain and loss. We know of Easter Sunday With its laughter and resurrection. But many times we find ourselves on Easter Saturday, … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Resolutions

I will intend to be different. Set higher goals, Climb those mountains, And fell those giants. I may have good days, I will no doubt have bad. And I will … Read on

Thursday Riff: Shine On

A bonus Christmas Thursday Riff… The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not understood it. Not comprehended, Not grasped the full meaning Of the light of God … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Christmas List

Life Peace Satisfaction Self-acceptance An end to criticism And all recrimination A glimpse of reality A kingdom of colour and joy Music and humour that uplifts The kind of compassion … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Free Captives

We find ourselves captive to this message This story which has set us free Prisoners of grace and truth The divine jailer setting us free to live with him To … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Creed

We believe we are not an accident. We believe this world is not as it should be. We believe in hope. We believe in truth and kindness. We admit we … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Wilderness

The wilderness will blossom, the desert will bloom. The dry places will break out in songs of praise. In the mountains and the valleys and the plains in between, In … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Small

My love is small. My generosity is small. My strength, my loyalty, my courage, all small. My dedication, my patience, my self-control, my forgiveness, all small. My peace, my hope, … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Don’t Give Up

Drawing on Isaiah 35 vv 3-4 Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those with aching, fearful hearts, “Hold on, don’t give up! Your God … Read on

Wednesday Riff: My Ways

My ways are not your ways, says the Lord My thoughts not yours My ways are beyond anything you can imagine My thoughts more extraordinary, more wonderful My thoughts wiser … Read on

Wednesday Riff: For All Time

For a moment all else pauses. For an eternal split second all sound is gone. All but the rasp of his single breath, Encapsulating a billion gasps for air. His … Read on