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Lyrical Riffs

Lyrical Riffs

Readings with repetitive, arresting phrases.

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 …

Wednesday Riff: Messages

Though we may struggle To see it, to know it, to feel it,Today We are yourLiving letters,Breathing Emails,Misspelled Texts,Pulsing Sketches,Vibrant Doodles,Funny Etch-a-sketch Pictures, Nuanced Designs.Bumbling Messages of Love,Etched, Printed,Drawn, Scribbled,Stamped, Scrawled…On our Weary, …

Wednesday Riff: Treasure

In a field… In heaven… In the darkness… Safe from thieves… A solid foundation… Where your heart is… Carried in fractured, damaged pots. Not the kind of wealth won Or …

Wednesday Riff: Ruins

We all have our ruins. Those bits we look back on And wish they had played out differently. The embarrassments and errors, The arguments and friction, The missttakes andd misda… …

A Saturday Extra Riff

Two worlds colliding, Fire and Ice, No wonder there is often trouble, Misunderstanding and mayhem. Agendas battling for supremacy. We shamble into the arena, Punch drunk boxers blinking in the …

Wednesday Riff: This Grubby Shepherd

He looked all wrong To those who wanted a shepherd In nice white clothes, With pristine feet and spotless hands. Was a problem for them, A disturbing conundrum. Yet was …

Riff for a New Year: Known and Unknown

As we find ourselves here,Perched on the doorstep of a new year,Some things we can say we know, Some things we clearly don’t.We know that some of us welcome changes,Some prefer …

Wednesday Riff: Blood, Sweat and Dust

And so he is born. Not on the top of a tree, Or in a jolly fur-lined suit, But beside his exhausted mother, In a not-so silent night of blood, …

Wednesday Riff: Waiting Days

These waiting days, In a time of speed, In a time of haste. Songs download in a single click, Parcels get delivered the same day, Our meals microwaved in seconds, …

Wednesday Riff: Way Back

It all started way back then, When the garden of glory fell into disrepair, When the gates clanged shut, And the fiery angel stood guard, When temptation had arrived laced …

Wednesday Riff: Tick Tock

You made rhythms and seasons, Light and dark, sunrise and set. Sowing and harvesting, Sleeping, rising, play and rest. You made life, we made a clock. Tick Tock. Our bones …

Wednesday Riff: Power

Jesus knew that he had been given Power over all things, Secure, no need to prove himself, And so he knelt down and washed their feet. Knew he had complete …

Wednesday Riff: Smile

Save us from the stones of false guilt, From the rocks of harsh judgement, The fingers so quick to point and accuse, The flinty words of insult and criticism. Save …

Wednesday Riff: Boots and Flip Flops

On any given day you might see A couple walking side by side, One in flip flops one in boots, One overly warm, The other not so much, Different together, …

Wednesday Riff: Baggage

We carry them around with us, All those extra bits and pieces We don’t really need. Hurts and pains, Disappointments and embarrassments, Misunderstandings and falling outs. Need a baggage handler, …

Wednesday Riff: In the Beginning

In the beginning… The breath of God, The hand of God, The imagination of God. Dust, a word and a vision. A new world bursting from a vacuum, Matter crammed …

Wednesday Riff: Bumps

Life is full of bumps and scrapes. Our knees get scratched, Our hands get scraped, Our pride gets bruised, Our hope gets crushed, Our faith gets tarnished, Our innocence pinched, …

Wednesday Riff: Striped

Our lives are striped with complexities, Leisure and labour, Laughter and frustration, Kindness and callousness. Our lives are striped with complexities, Light and darkness, Bright and shade, Hope and sadness. …

Wednesday Riff: Noise

There are times when the sound of love Is drowned out by the noise of hatred. When the sound of hope is drowned By the noise of fear. When welcome …

Wednesday Riff: The Gap

That place inside, The inner depths, That gap, that vacant lot, We do our best to fill it, To satisfy those longings. Unfortunately, We often put in there Things which …

Wednesday Riff: Ambush

Life ambushes us, Treats us harshly, Disappoints and discourages. You understand that. You know how it works, What can happen, What can hurt us. You were ambushed too, Conflict, disaster, …

Wednesday Riff: Moving In

The word became flesh And keeps moving into the neighbourhood, Occasionally with a crack of thunder, Or a Damascus Road flash of light, But more often in a smile shared, …

Wednesday Riff: Salt

You put salt on our lips, To make us thirsty for you. You did it, do it, again and again… Through the friendship of others, The unexpected reminders, The warmth …