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Lyrical Riffs

Lyrical Riffs

Readings with repetitive, arresting phrases.

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. … Read on

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 … Read on

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 … Read on

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 … Read on

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, … Read on

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 … Read on

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 … Read on

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 … Read on

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 … Read on

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. … Read on

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 … Read on

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 … Read on

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, … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Nest

The mother nudges her young to the ledge, They both look out and over the edge, Eases the child just a little more, It’s a long way down, but there’s … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Transfiguration

Lord, you changed that day, Transfigured those moments, Brought glory to that mountain top, Right into the lives of those everyday disciples. Lord, as we continue though this day, This … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Language

The first language of God is silence. Not success, Or victory, Or popularity, Or power. The first language of God is silence. Not a clamouring, Or a shouting, A vying … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Circumstances

To know you in all circumstances Not necessarily as an escape or a panacea Or perhaps as an excuse or explanation But as a God who has promised to be … Read on

Wednesday Riff: You Are There

In the first waking moments as we enter this world, You are there. In our growing and discovering, You are there. In our learning and questioning, arguing and boundary pushing, … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Sandals

Lord, we approach with bare feet, Vulnerable, humble, liberated. Letting go of so much that might get in the way. Aware of our own frailty, our humanity, Sensing the heat … Read on

Wednesday Riff: New Year

Our Christmas journeys may be Stressful and difficult and demanding, Whether trekking to a far destination Or simply making it through the season, Taking tough steps among the glitter and … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Christmas Presence

A spoken word, a tongue of fire, A burning bush, a rock, An anchor, a still small voice, A wrestling figure, a living word, A fourth figure in a furnace, … Read on

Tuesday Riff: Blunders

Sometimes those blunders and regrets Can settle in the quiet corners of our being, Becoming dark creatures That bare their teeth from time to time, Frightening and subduing us. We … Read on

Thursday Riff: Hallelujah, Amen

Is an Hallelujah any less If we’re murmuring or mumbling? Is an Amen any less If the words come stumbling? Though it’s hard to say, My Lord, Though the praise … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Not Me

If it had been me There on that dark Friday, With the words ‘Father forgive them…’ Hanging in the air, I might have been tempted to add, ‘Well… apart from … Read on

Sunday Riff: Colours & Portraits

At first the world was flooded With the colours of rainbow, Rampant, Uncontrollable, Exhilarating, Then a kind of red-grey Muddied the picture, The colour of deceit and death. Then a … Read on

Monday Rewrite: Longing

We long for you Lord, Our prayers rise up, Spoken and unspoken. Like something broken longing to be mended, Like bad news longing for good, Like discordant noise longing for … Read on

A Sunday Riff: We Wonder

As the sun disappears behind another night sky, We wonder. As the clouds swallow the light and steal it away, We wonder. As the darkness closes in, stealing evidence of … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Salvation

Entertainment can’t save us, Shopping can’t save us, The adverts can’t save us, Movies can’t save us, Fashion can’t save us, Sport can’t save us, Box sets can’t save us, … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Living Sacrifices

Our lives are this strange mixture – Glory and grit, Seeing and believing, Questioning and doubting, Loving and hating, Getting it right, getting it wrong, Regretting and remembering, Trusting and … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Carrying

We carry our burdens, Our friends, enemies, achievements and failures, Celebrations, frustrations and disappointments; The steps we have taken, the ground we walk on, The dust under our nails, the … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Present

I’m the nudge inside your conscience, The anger you feel at injustice. I’m the whisper in the night, The push to keep on going, The call to take another step. … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Don’t Stop

Don’t stop believing… Though you don’t have all the answers, Though you sometimes think you do. Don’t stop believing… Though you feel like giving up, Though you want to take … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Sour Wine

Jesus drinks the sour wine of our shame; Drinks deeply of it, drinks it down and absorbs it. Mysterious and bitter, the poison that contaminates, Seeps into our being and … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Open Book

Sometimes we open the book, Take a stroll through the pages, Weave between the words, Take the hand of one or two phrases, And sidestep some of the others. Sometimes … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Searching

For thus says the Lord GOD: I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. I won’t stay at a distance. I will come out into the … Read on

Wednesday Riff: The Whisper

There is a whisper, a quiet call. A still small voice, Willing us to come out from life’s crevices, From the rocks we hide behind. A subtle, hopeful invitation, ‘Come … Read on

Wednesday Riff: I Am

I am the way, I am the truth, I am the life, I am the resurrection. I am a fresh start and a new beginning, A voice in the wilderness … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Longings

We all have our longings O Lord, And we bring them to you as part of our worship. As Moses stood on that mountain top and looked down, Saw the … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Nothing Off Limits

We can bring everything to God, nothing is off limits with Him. Nothing too difficult, too harsh, too dark, Nothing too strange, too frightening, too unexpected, We can bring everything … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Offer

To offer a cup of water, A mug of tea, A helping hand, A moment to listen. To bring a kind word, A smile of encouragement, A sign of interest, … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Bread from Heaven

As they were crossing the wilderness to the Promised Land the people cried out to Moses for food. Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘I am going to rain bread … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Father Forgive

A Prayer Exercise – based on Matthew 18 vv 15-20 Begin by reading the following passage from  Matthew 18: 15 “If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Help Us

When we are tempted to put others down Help us to overcome evil with good When we long to pass on the latest piece of gossip Help us to overcome … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Sermon

They wait with bated breath as he walks to the front. ‘Love one another.’ He clears his throat and they live in hope. ‘Love one another.’ They can still recall … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Pause

Stop. Listen. Step aside From the rushing Of your mind. Take a moment, A second, A pause. His presence, Not the idea, The promise, The notion. But him, Here now, … Read on