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Lyrical Riffs

Lyrical Riffs

Readings with repetitive, arresting phrases.

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 …

Wednesday Riff: Want

I want to change the world if only I could, Want to make things better as I feel I should, Want to line things up the way that they should …

Wednesday Riff: Graceland

Imagine a land with no borders, A place with no clenched fists, A country where raised voices are a distant memory, An open space bereft of slamming doors, A forever …

Monday Rewrite: Treasure

Treasure in dark places, Hidden, not from us, but hidden for us. Treasure To find, to savour, to pass on. Secreted in the darkness waiting for us, Longing for our …

Wednesday Riff: Be Still

Be still. Stop and listen. For a moment… even… for 30 seconds, for 20, 15, 10, 5… Step aside from the rushing of your mind; the scrambling of your day; …

Wednesday Riff: Lifeblood

Dying to know us. Dying to reach us. Dying to nourish us. Dying for a new life. Dying for something better. Dying for something real. Dying for something genuine. Dying …

Saturday Riff: Hashtags

Hashtags They call out Copy me Like me Follow me Notice me. Hashtags Badges of hope. We all wear them To be liked To be noticed To be part of …

Wednesday Riff: You cared

When no one else knew, When no one else saw, When no one else bothered, You cared. When no one else had time, When no one else had strength, When …

Wednesday Riff: Understanding

Thank you, Lord, that you understand, That you have lived this life, Known sweat, tears, frustration and sadness, Known wonder, laughter, satisfaction and joy. You are not a God who …

Wednesday Riff: This World

This world moves us And shakes us, Frustrates and makes us Angry, livid sometimes… The misjustice, the crimes, Giving us such indigestible questions, A kind of soulful indigestion. How much …

Wednesday Riff: Small

When we look up at the night sky And see the breath-taking work of your hands, We wonder – what are people that you should care for us? When we …

Wednesday Riff: The Embrace

Unfailing truth and love have met together, Righteousness and peace can be seen embracing, Truth springs up from the earth, And justice smiles down from heaven. Like long lost lovers …

Wednesday Riff: Bigger

Love is bigger than anything That might stand in its way; A Roman cross, A death penalty, An angry mob, A wall of prejudice, Years of sadness, A wave of …

Wednesday Riff: Love Letter

Dear all, I love you, I really do, please take some time out and come and see me. Step out of the traffic for a while. I can see how …

Wednesday Riff: These Hands

This hand, an unknown woman, reaching up, A lunge, a grab for the very edge of a cloak, Healing, hope, desperation for a dying life. A hand going down in …

Wednesday Riff: Now

He won’t fix all your problems, Though he may fix some. He won’t heal all your ills, Though he may heal some. He won’t make everything easy, Though some things …

Wednesday Riff: This Week

This week I will no doubt trip up. Several times. Fall on my face and look a fool. I’ll put my feet in my mouth no doubt, Step in something …

Wednesday Riff: For Some

‘I am with you always.’ For some it means putting one foot in front of another For some it means getting through the nights For some it means adventure For …

Monday Riff: Knocking

Behold I stand at the door and knock, Waiting, longing, Through the days and nights, Hoping, willing, The door to open, Or perhaps the window nearby, Just a crack, just …

Wednesday Riff: In Him We Live

In him we live and move and have our being. In him we wake and sleep, work and rest, In him we eat and drink, give and take, In him …

Wednesday Riff: This Light

The darkness can never overcome it, This light, this love stronger than death, Shines on in the shadows and the emptiness. More resilient than doubts and despair, Pressure and put-downs. …

Wednesday Riff: Us and Them

They look at him and see what they want to see. They easily create their boxes and put him inside, Contain the uncontainable in their own small world, Hem in …

Wednesday Riff: Honest To God

Thank you Lord that we can be honest with you, That we don’t have to wear the masks we feel we must wear in life. Thank you that nothing will …

Wednesday Riff: Safari

We like to think we know, Like to claim we have it all worked out, Tidy, measured, quantified, sorted. But the invitation is to follow, to make a start. Not …

Wednesday Riff: Tumbleweed

Hosea, that old, old prophet, made a promise way back, And Jesus knew it from his scraggy, ragged wilderness days. The tender voice of God. Tugging, sustaining, wooing, shaking, calming, …

Wednesday Riff: Stark Contrast

Lord, we long to be strong, To be impressive and powerful, To be the greatest, the best, The last one standing. We forget that, in bloodied weakness, In stark contrast …

Wednesday Riff: Someone in the Crowd

Someone in the crowd, So many times we feel the noise is just too loud, Life’s pressures and the clamouring of sound, Drown out the one voice who can make …

Wednesday Riff: Signs

Those places that we love, Those glimpses ever sweet, The travelling which warms our hearts, The best food we can eat. Signs of You. Signs of Another World. The calming …

Wednesday Riff: These Resurrection Days

Joseph met his brothers, in Egyptian clothes and hair, After years of separation they could not see him there. He took the chance to trick them, set some traps along …

Wednesday Riff: The Revolution

The Revolution will not be about fists and fury, The Revolution will not be about bullying and bullets, The Revolution will not be about hate and hurting others, The Revolution …

Wednesday Riff: In a World-Changing Week

In a world-changing week, Unafraid of humility and kindness, The king rides in, looking small and vulnerable, Coming so close, to see us and know us. In a world-changing week, …

Wednesday Riff: Matter

You Matter. Though circumstances may rail against you, Though people may press you into a corner, You Matter. Though life squares up to you with the gloves off, Though success …

Wednesday Riff: To Know You

More than just words on a page, Or prayers in a service. More than notions of belief, Or rules and theology. More than a hopeful solution, Or a different world-view. …

Wednesday Riff: Control

So tiring at times, So wearing, To hold those reins, Grip so tightly, Doing our best to keep hold Of so many loose ends. So difficult to let go, So …

Wednesday Riff: Clouds

I watch the casually drifting clouds, Making their gentle way across the blotting paper sky, No rush hour for them, No pressured race to get from A to B, No …

Wednesday Riff: Us

We fear, We trust, We laugh, We play, We cry, We worry, We work, We spend, We doubt, We believe, We sing, We question, We agree, We argue, We’re frustrated, …

Wednesday Riff: The Greatest Story of Love

The Greatest Story of Love, Of courage and kindness, Purpose and meaning. The Greatest Story of Love, Accessible to all, Available free of charge. The Greatest Story of Love, Of …