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Lyrical Riffs

Lyrical Riffs

Readings with repetitive, arresting phrases.

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 …

Wednesday Riff: Knock Knock

What kind of man is this?That he should keep on coming to the doorOf my heart, mind, consciousness,Through the long nights and the jagged days.Me in my confirmed and set …

Wednesday Riff: Friends

‘You can be honest with me, no need to pretend. I know you’re a bit of a fake. A bit of a fraud. Because I know human beings. I know …

A Saturday Extra Riff

Keep going with the strength you have. Not with the strength you see others have, Not with the strength you think you should have, But because I am with you. …

Wednesday Riff: With Us

You know these dark days, Have been there, Not being one who has held back, Or kept your distance. The sad days, the empty days, The fearful nights, the lonely …

Wednesday Riff: Another Way

In a world of chase, fuss and bustle, Fret and debilitating worry, One man offers another way, Offers an alternative as he washes feet. In a world of go-getting and …

Wednesday Riff: Refuge

When others sap our energy, You are our refuge and our strength, When life seems nothing but closed doors, You are our refuge and our strength. When the world keeps …

Wednesday Riff: In The Room

Funny how often I talk about you in the third person, He. His. Him. When you’re always in the room. As if you were somehow somewhere else. Busy. Unable to …

Wednesday Riff: A Friend

I am on your side, And I call you my friend. I am with you, and for you, Not against you. Nothing can separate you from me. Whatever life may …

Wednesday Riff: Strength

The Joy of the Lord is our strength. Passed on in a smile, a kind word, a text, a call. In the midst of our fears and fretting. Sometimes framed …

Wednesday Riff: The Journey of Faith

We walk these strange and familiar Streets of faith and hope, Roads strewn with the debris of The false hopes and discarded burdens Of those who have walked before us. …

Wednesday Riff: Blame

That ever spreading stain, Smearing us and them. A game we play so easily, A game you refuse to join. Seeking another way, Another call. Sitting quietly while the fingers …

Wednesday Riff: Keep Going

Don’t give up! Be determined and confident, Throw yourselves into all you do for him, Confident that nothing you do for him Is a waste of time or effort. You …

Wednesday Riff: The Shake Up

He’s come to turn those tables,Swap old dead ways for fresh hope,To shake up the stale,Breathe life into what is fading away.To readjust our focus,Shine a light onto out misconceptions,To …

Wednesday Riff: Darkness

He knows it, Has walked those steps, The uncertainty, The questions, The wondering, The shadows and shades Of pain and unexpected Challenges. He knows these things. Has walked those steps …

Wednesday Riff: Silence

The gift and the tyranny, At the self-same moment, It may be the one thing That restores order, Brings peace, Effects precious sanity, And yet, At the same time, It …

Wednesday Riff: Something Bigger

To be a part of Something Bigger: Something endless, Eternal, World-changing, Healing, Hopeful, Mighty, Awesome And incredible. To be a part of something bigger: Something beyond ourselves Something impossible, Miraculous, …

Wednesday Riff: Wild Animals

Wild animals were there, but angels came and helped him. Where are the wild animals? Where are the angels? In your today and your tomorrow. The fearful things and the …

Wednesday Riff: Stones & Bread

It could be so much easier, Taking another way, Exerting power to sidestep the problems, Turning these stones into bread. Dodging life’s troubles and issues, Seeking satisfaction rather than kindness, …

Saturday Extra: Fruit of the Fruit

Where will it take us today? This #lovejoypeacepatiencegoodnesskindnessfaithfulnessgentlenessself-control This fruit growing within, Alongside all the cantankerous selfish bits, Alongside the weariness and the grumpiness and the groaning what-ifs. What fruit …

Wednesday Riff: Desert

The Holy Spirit drove him out into the desert, Away from the noise and distractions, Away from the clamour and the fame. The Holy Spirit drove him out into the …

Wednesday Riff: Worship

We can bring it all: Our doubts, our questions, Our fears and shouting, Our dry-mouthed muttering, Our whispers and murmurs, Our wondering and wandering, Our dreaming and distractions, Our mistakes …

Wednesday Riff: Unfinished

We want to be strong But find ourselves weak, Want to be right When so often wrong, Want to be smart When idiocy reigns, Want to be the best As …

Wednesday Riff: With You

With your strength you strengthened me, With your patience you helped me hang on, With your hope you kept me going, With your faithfulness you helped me believe. With your …

Wednesday Riff: About Time

And God blessed time, That Sabbath day. Not a space, Or a place, But minutes, seconds, hours, Pauses. Gaps in the madness, In the work and distraction, In the pressures …

Wednesday Riff: Gardens of Resurrection

Mary met you face to Face, voice to Voice, name to Name, In that garden of Resurrection. Now it’s as if we catch Subtle glimpses of you, Divine shadows, Sketchy …

Wednesday Riff: Anchor

You’re our anchor in life’s storm, Calm amidst the bluster, Good news amongst the fake, Truth in the rumours. Hope in all the headlines, Sweetness in the cynicism, Wisdom in …

Wednesday Riff: With Us

Right here, right now, Known or unknown, Sensed or not, Alongside us In the dark and the light, The day and the night, Above and below, Behind and ahead, In …

Wednesday Riff: Son of All Time (2)

‘Son of all time, now where have you been?’ ‘Touring life’s corridors – and here’s what I‘ve seen…’ Hearts of compassion tearing down hate, Calm quiet rebels storming the gates, …

New Year Extra: 2019

The clocks tick down and We stand on the verge, Eye our resolutions With our foot on the doorstep. Thinner, nicer, fitter, better, Kinder, funnier, tidier, better prepared, Greener, happier, …

Monday Riff: Your Song

Your song is eternal. Not brash or abrasive, Not self-seeking or proving a point, Not a passing fad or fleeting trend. Your song is stronger, gentler, Kinder, more courageous, Inclusive …

Wednesday Riff: Under the Radar

For a child is born to us, So small, so frail, so vulnerable, No fanfares or global advertising campaigns, A quiet, subtle slipping into the world, A new-born friend in …

Wednesday Riff: When God Appeared

When God appeared, they expected a warrior, An angel of light, and a king. Not a suffering servant, rejected and scorned – No one expected him. A fodder trough, a …

Wednesday Riff: A Great Light

The people who walk in darkness Have seen a great light. So many of us need that light, Glimpse it then lose sight again. Need it to get through, To …

Wednesday Riff: From the Heart

Thank you that we can worship you As we are, No need for pretence, Don’t have to be good or look good Or have all the answers. No need to …

Wednesday Riff: For Those

For those who find life hard, For those who find faith hard, Those who don’t feel strong, Those who don’t feel powerful, Those not sorted out, Those for whom life …

Wednesday Riff: One

One group, one people, one body, one hope. The struggling, the questioning, The strong, the stable. Those who know where they are going, And those who don’t, Those who have …

Wednesday Riff: You

In the laughter and the longing You are there, In the deserts and the parties You are there, In the questions and the searching, In the knowing and the unknowing …

Wednesday Riff: The Voice Cries Out

The voice cries out, The voice of one calling in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’ Though our preparation may be small, Our steps …