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Lyrical Riffs

Lyrical Riffs

Readings with repetitive, arresting phrases.

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 …

Wednesday Riff: The Heart Locker

‘We do well to guard our hearts,’ Somebody once said. The core of our being, Our centre of gravity, The wellspring of life, Our fuel tank and air supply. To …

Wednesday Riff: Remnants

Bits and pieces of another world, Glimpses and snatches of something ‘other’, Like looking through a dirty window, Through the smudges and smears, To a paradise beyond. As if this …

Wednesday Riff: The Artist

If the good bits of this world are a work of art, Then the Artist never overstates his case. Leaves it for the eye of the beholder. What will we …

Wednesday Riff: To Connect

It’s what we want, What we need, The longing of our living. To know and be known, To understand and be understood. To draw close and not be rejected, To …

Wednesday Riff: Sure Foundation

Nothing can separate us from God’s love for us, Nothing can drive a wedge between us and his care. The happenings of each day can’t, Nor the restless fears at …

Wednesday Riff: For You

For you we want to live and love, And work and care and worship. In you we find our meaning, Identity, worth and purpose. With you we make it through …

Wednesday Riff: New Song

Whispered, chanted, hummed, Blasted, sung or mumbled, A tune for bad and good singers, A new song, another kind of music. Lyrics laced with fresh poetry, Coursing through our being, …

Wednesday Riff: A different kind of radical

‘Blessed are those not offended by me,’ He once said after one exchange. ‘Blessed are those who can cope When I break out of their boxes.’ For we all get …

Wednesday Riff: 21st Century Homesick Blues

Laughter, joy and faithfulness, Helping others more or less, Dignity, truth, respect, Conversation, kindness. Trust, love, a little hope, Trying to do our best, Sharing peace and friendship When we’re …

Wednesday Riff: In Love

Those who live in love Live in God, and God in them. It’s hard at times to have the desire, The courage, the understanding, The intention, the energy, To know …

Wednesday Riff: Strength

Be still Not easy to stop, to slow down, To stay ourselves, To put aside the needs, Pressures and distractions, For a minute or two… And know Set deep down …

Wednesday Riff: Mirrors

Dusty, cobwebbed, smeary, There are cracks and a few chips, Yet we’re still able to reflect His glory. His light bouncing off us to others, His image, His promise of …

Wednesday Riff: Muscle Memory

Those actions we do that become Instinctive, responsive, behavioural. Now there’s a thought, a longing, a goal, a prayer… … to develop good habits, Good muscle memory, Especially when it …

Wednesday Rewrite: Only You

Only you set our worlds in motion, And understand the way we tick, The rising and falling of our emotions, The mood swings and battles we fight. Only you know …

Wednesday Riff: Name

There is a name, An umbrella name, Unlike any other. A place of shelter from the storm, Portable and present In every place, every time, every age, Large enough for …

Wednesday Riff: Heroes

Has anyone seen a hero today? So many continue their missions quietly, Covert agents of compassion, Armed with a smile and a kind word, Putting themselves out for others. Not …

Wednesday Riff: Our Times

Our times are in your hands, Our days, our nights, The fleeting moments and long days, The times of waiting and the times we savour. Our times are in your …

Wednesday Riff: Pilgrimage

As we make our bumbling pilgrimage through another day, Please help us to keep in mind that You are the way, the truth, and the life. As we make decisions …

Wednesday Riff: Lament

Sometimes it feels like one step forward Two-three-four-five steps back. We cannot escape our clay feet, And calloused hearts. The headlines for a moment spread hope, Then in a breath …

Wednesday Riff: Thinking

My thoughts are not yours, My way of thinking is different. Change our minds please, When we get lost in the maze of our selfishness, When we want to assert …

Ascension Riff: Enigma

The enigma of his going away, Melting from this dimension to another, Leaving so that he can be with us. No longer occupying a single space, But in departing is …

Monday: Peace Beyond

The call to waste time, to risk everything on doing nothing, To step out of life’s traffic even for a few seconds. For a breath here and there, a pause …

Wednesday Riff: To You

To you O Lord I lift my soul, Don’t let me be ashamed or disappointed. Awaken my hope, Stir that faith that comes easily on good days. Please take the …

Wednesday Riff: Vulnerability

Not easy to be vulnerable When the world might want a show of strength. When control is the order of the day, When success impresses. Not easy to be vulnerable …

Wednesday Riff: Shared Reality

We all have our worries, all carry our fears… Embarrassment, making mistakes, shedding tears, Mice, spiders, zombies, rats, Wasps, fleas, bugs, bats. Whatever’s lurking under the bed, Things that we …

Wednesday Riff: Every Cry

We sing our songs, recite our lines, Like incense rising up, Read our papers, preach online, Wonder where we might end up. We pose our questions, make our claims, And …

Wednesday Riff: Palettes

The creator takes up his palette, Paints, sketches, draws and doodles. Colours, hues, shades burst from the page, And a universe exploding with possibility is born. Stick people become three-dimensional, …

Wednesday Riff: Children of Dust

We come before you again today, With all we are and all we have, So much said and so much unsaid, Our words and our silence, Children of Dust. Precious, …

Wednesday Riff: Marathon

Long obedience in the same direction. Keeping going, In it for the long haul, A marathon rather than a sprint. Though some days we may feel As if we’ve fallen …

Wednesday Riff: Every Blade of Grass

In you we live and move and exist: Your breath in a blade of grass, In a twinkling smile, In a mathematical calculation, In energy expended, And peace embraced. In …

Wednesday Riff: Sand In Our Pockets

Some of us still have sand in our pockets, Will carry it for the rest of our lives. A piece of the desert forever shaping us, That speck of dust …

Wednesday Riff: You Are With Us

In our fear and our panic, You are with us, In our confusions and questions, You are with us, When the news bombards us, You are with us. When the …

Wednesday Riff: Real Not Ideal

One who knows sweat-soaked, bruised reality, A saviour who understands the cost of rescue, Has seen what it is to be truly trapped, Like a fly in a rain puddle, …

Wednesday Riff: Failure.

Judas. Hannah. David. Abigail. Paul. Peter. Pilate. Naomi. Thomas. Sara. Jacob. They all faced failure And responded in different ways. Judas couldn’t go on. Hannah prayed. David said sorry. Abigail …

Wednesday Riff: Choosing

If God chose us from before the foundation of everything, Then he chooses us today. If you can only play one note, Then play it. If you can only sing …

Wednesday Riff: Need

Today, In the large moments And the small ones, In our strength and weakness, In our confidence and fear. Alone and with others, Motivated and struggling, Lost and found, We …