Worship

Worship, Worship, Music and Song

Home


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Introducing a new song called “Home”.

It’ll be heading into the studio soon but also worthy of pure, raw form 😇 (pls excuse the piano’s tuning)

Nothing replaces the raw moments of writing and the yearnings of our private worship is often very different to our public declarations.

Let’s get real! 🔥

HOME 🏡 🐑

Like a Shepherd with His sheep

You will always be

Watching over us

So faithfully

And we will be your prize

The flock of your delight

Just waiting now for your voice

You will leave the many

To find us

You will lead us home

You are beautiful

Even when my heart feels like stone

You are beautiful

Even when I can’t find my way

You are beautiful

Even when my life is on fire

You are beautiful to me

Would you let me see?

(verse repeat)

You will leave the many

To find us

You will lead us home

You will lift the weary

To save us

You will make us strong

(Chorus)

You never have have

You’re never gonna leave me on my

You never have

You’re never gonna leave me on my own

Reading, Theology, Worship

No Compromise


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I’m currently reading Tom Wright’s brilliant biography on the Apostle Paul. I’m also currently reading “No Compromise” by Melody Green – the life story of her late husband Keith Green.

Books separated by 45 years of church history and current affairs, they are dissimilar in many ways but, at their beating heart, are actually more alike than they’re not.

Starting tomorrow, I’m going to take a chapter from Wright and a song from Green and blog about the essential nature of these two men used mightily of God, though in different ways and at different times.

Keith Green, like the radical Jim Elliot, died tragically at the age of 28. I’m now 38 and so have already had an extra decade more on the planet than did these two fine brothers.

Like Paul, for to me to live is Christ and to die is gain (Philippians 1:21) and, convinced of my fruitful labour for the progress and joy in the faith of others, (Philippians 1:25), I too will remain and become even more undignified than this as I learn to love as I should, singing and proclaiming unto Christ a ‘new devotion’

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Lion and the Lamb (Leeland//Bethel Cover)


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I’ve found this song so helpful to sing that I thought I’d record a rough office cover version! [WARNING] I’m about 6bpm too fast 😉

Leeland and Bethel have brought together a simple but very beautiful blend of melody, lyric and confession that simply blows me away.

“For who can stop the Lord Almighty?”

Leeland’s new album “Invisible” is available in the link in the YouTube description box.

Augustine, Reading, Theology, Worship

Augustine 


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I was astonished that although I now loved you…I did not persist in enjoyment of my God. Your beauty drew me to you, but soon I was dragged away from you by my own weight and in dismay I plunged again into the things of this world…as though I had sensed the fragrance of the fare but was not yet able to eat it.

How sweet all at once it was for me to be rid of those fruitless joys which I had once feared to lose…! You drove them from me, you who are the true, the sovereign joy. You drove them from me and took their place, you who are sweeter than all pleasure, though not to flesh and blood, you who outshine all light, yet are hidden deeper than any secret in our hearts, you who surpass all honour, though not in the eyes of men who see all honour in themselves…O Lord my God, my Light, my Wealth, and my Salvation.

Augustine, Confessions 

Worship, Worship, Music and Song

Persevere


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Mairi and I, along with our friend Sam, spent a glorious few days last week in Torbay filming on location for the Jesus Come project which is coming along nicely.

We also had plenty of time for much-needed relaxation including finding my old childhood fishing spot off Berry Head where I have memories of catching fish as a wee boy. It was so much fun.

We’d got the rod out and set up camp at Berry Head but for three or four hours there was barely even a bite on the end of the line. Then, all of a sudden, (more…)

Worship, writing

Writing Songs of Worship: A Couple of Tips


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One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever been given for writing songs is from a top, top guy called Steve Parsons who once gave me the analogy of moving into a new house and turning on the kitchen tap for the first time in months: initially as the water runs it can be muddy-brown and not fit for much; after a while it runs clear and the clarity comes allowing you (and others) to drink. (more…)