Thursday, 28 April 2016

Hope you haven't left without me

Last year I posted about my daughter introducing me to the music of Twenty One Pilots. At the time I wrote about how their music might be useful material for reflection at chapel. Since then I have listened to their album Blurryface a lot and their is gold in that album.

As I said last time their music will not be to everyone's taste but both the guys are Christian and their music doesn't fall into the genre of Christian music...whatever that is exactly. Recently some of their music has been playing on mainsteam radio here in Australia.

Last time I mentioned their songs HeavyDirtySoul and Car Radio. I would encourage you to listen to their album with the lyrics in front of you. The more I listened the more I was moved and inspired by what they were saying. They deal with their faith life in a real and gritty way.

Doubt is great song focusing on the struggle to maintain faith.It lays bare the cognitive dissonance of wanting to trust, feeling it uncontrollably slipping and reaching out to God for help in the midst,

Check out these lyrics:

Temperature is dropping, temperature is dropping,
I'm not sure if I can see this ever stopping,
Shaking hands with the dark parts of my thoughts, no,
You are all that I've got, no. 
 Don't forget about me,
Don't forget about me,
Even when I doubt you,
I'm no good without you, no, no, no, no, no
Gnawing on the bishops, claw our way up their system,
Repeating simple phrases, someone holy insisted,
I want the markings made on my skin,
To mean something to me again,
Hope you haven't left without me.
Hope you haven't left without me, please.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Online School Worship Planner

This new Church of England website is worth checking out even just for the variety of prayers and resource links it offers.

"Worship Workshop will help you to create your own patterns of worship around your own themes.  Worship Workshop provides prayers, songs, Bible readings and other useful words and ideas which are taken from the liturgy of the Church of England. These can be sorted with Season and Value indexes to make patterns where you can slot stories and other things to go with your themes."

"Our resources are arranged according to our own special 'map of worship'. Each resource is downloadable on its own in the resources section."

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Create Welcome Campaign

"#CreateWelcome is a social movement inspiring people to create messages of welcome and belonging for refugees and people seeking asylum. Through Instagram, thousands of people are sharing their welcome messages. Please join them and add your voice. It takes collective effort to create an inclusive, welcoming community."

Check out MDA's Create Welcome campaign here.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

He is Risen

Brilliant post Easter vid from the Church of England.


Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Feeding One Another

A great little video with a powerful message. Would be useful for chapel.