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Lyrical Riffs

Lyrical Riffs

Readings with repetitive, arresting phrases.

Wednesday Riff: Mountains

I climb one mountain, Convinced that I’ve made it to the top, Only to discover there is another peak up ahead, Another climb, another challenge. And so we climb on, …

Wednesday Riff: The Revolution

The revolution goes on, led by subtle rebels, And faithful, courageous, ordinary radicals, In the smiles and the serving and the showing of love, In the grind and the grit, …

Wednesday Riff: Help

Before everything else, As we face a new day with all it holds, And we’re tempted to rely on our own resources, Help us to put our trust in you. …

Wednesday Riff: Life

Life walks the streets, encompassing all: The faces full of joy, the minds full of questions, The frustrated souls, and the hearts about to break. And in his wake, justice …

Wednesday Riff: Dusty

Easy to think that God is only about The bright and beautiful, happy and glorious, Forgetting that Jesus was a man of sorrows Acquainted with grief and trouble. A dusty …

Wednesday Riff: Timing

We live through many times and seasons, Sometimes in a single day. Times when it’s good to speak up and Times to appreciate the silence. Times to cry out, and …

Wednesday Riff: Giants

There are days when the world seems Too hard, too lost, too painful, The hills higher than they were before, The valleys darker and the roads longer. The giants loom …

Wednesday Riff: Through Your Eyes

Not easy to appreciate the small things The way that you do, In a world where the frenetic scramble for Success, popularity, accolades, and awards, Is not only applauded but …

Wednesday Riff: Confession

We believe in God the father, maker of heaven and earth, With all our doubts and misgivings and meandering, We believe in Jesus Christ his only son, our Lord, Daily …

Wednesday Riff: The Muddle

At times the road doesn’t seem to rise to meet us, It’s as if life buckles and slips from our grasp, The doors keep closing and the way is unclear, …

Wednesday Riff: Common

I wonder how much we have in common with Jesus? We were born, as wide-eyed wonders, We cried, we cooed and giggled, We were fed and we filled our nappies, …

Wednesday Riff: Living One

Wonderful counsellor, Everlasting father, Prince of peace. The pulse of life, our true north, The ground of our being, Source of hope and direction, Humility, pride, strength and service, One …

Wednesday Riff: All

We all get frightened, All get bolshy, all get frustrated, We all lose patience and find it again. We all have our loves and hates, All have our longings and …

Wednesday Riff: This Holy Ground

This footprint, this turf, this moment, This carpet, this concrete, this rocky path, This holy ground. This church, this stadium, this field, This shop, this cinema, this school, This holy …

Wednesday Riff: Streetwise

I really love the way you’re rooted in reality, Well acquainted with sweat and spit and stress, Acquainted with fears and grief and frustration. A human being, moved into our …

Wednesday Riff: Christmas King

And so this festive season falls once more, The Autumn hues melting into hopeful wonder, Perhaps snow will twinkle like so many diamonds, Sprinkled liberally across the winter ground. Carols …

Christmas Riff: Christmas Presence

The myrrh rolls down the ages, as does the frankincense and gold, Three gifts now etched in history, in songs and stories told. Strange gifts for a baby, not a …

Wednesday Riff: Wherever

In the house, on the street, In the places where we meet, In the bath, or on the loo, When we’re making the stew. When we’re huffing and puffing And …

Wednesday Riff: Heroes

That person on the street, That stranger on the seat, That quiet old man, That woman with a plan, That cleaner, that assistant, That person in a hurry, Those faces …

Wednesday Riff: The Now and the Not-yet

The glimpses of full life, The offerings of love and help, The moments of peace and calm, The now and the not-yet. The reminders of a better way, The signs …

Wednesday Riff: Longings

Don’t want to be told who I am, By the flash and the pressure, Of the advertising scam. Don’t want to be told what I need, By deceptive messages fuelling …

Wednesday Riff: Your Choice

Thank you Lord that you choose us, No reservation, no love held back, Thank you Lord that you choose us, Not because we are perfect, But because you are gracious …

Wednesday Riff: Remembrance

For all the precious lives given, For all the lives laid down, For those who served And continue to serve. For the courage and the quiet strength, For so many …

Wednesday Riff: Mercies

With each new dawn and with the fading of the day, We choose to think on the gift of a moment of goodness. Though we are often worn down by …

A Tuesday Riff: Eagles

Why are we so down, why do we think God has forgotten us? ‘God is not on my case,’ we might say, ‘His focus is elsewhere.’ Have we forgotten so …

Radiance

Let there be light, Good light, strong light, warm light, So that those walking in darkness May see the way to go. The light shines in the gloom, And though …

Some Autumn Thoughts: Heroes

The nights close in, as the veil of autumn falls, With tumbling daylight hours, and its golden leafy sprawls, Lights twinkle from the skies, and through partly curtained windows, As …

Wednesday Riff: Fear

Perfect love can drive it out, a love beyond our own, The fear that can grip us on a daily basis, Fear of the past, the future, the present, Of …

Tuesday Riff: Awareness

‘Now one day,’ the prophet says, Perhaps standing in the town square as they speak, ‘The earth will be filled with the awareness Of the glory of God, as the …

Wednesday Riff: Bones

Bones are popular this time of year, bones and cobwebs and darkness, ghosts and grim apparitions in white sheets, and masks fixed in a permanent scream. So it is, that …

Peace on Earth?

Peace on earth, and goodwill to all, The longings rise up, the questions, the call. Peace on earth, promised long ago, When the tiniest child arrived here below. Peace on …

Wednesday Riff: Running on Empty

Running on empty, running on full, Your grace is the fuel that helps face it all. Running on empty, lost for words, Struggling to achieve, to be seen or heard. …

Wednesday Riff: Holy Trudgery

Keeping going, nothing spectacular, faithfully walking, Long obedience in a good direction, Trudging on, setting your face, inspiring others, Drawing them to look where you are looking too. One foot …

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 …