• God of Justice (We Must Go) – Music Musings

    Students from a nearby Bible College had an outreach weekend in our town, using our Church as a base. As their host, the Church hour involved too but as usual, I had a pretty good excuse for not getting involved (newborn + toddler under 2 = overwhelming tiredness). On the last day, they shared their mission experiences after a worship session. We sang about Jesus our Saviour, God the giver of life and all the earth singing his praise. Here are some of the songs that were on the playlist: God the Uncreated One This I Believe This is Amazing Grace Great Are You Lord Although  God of Justice was…

  • Painted stones of the cross and the empty tomb for Easter 2018

    The Easter Song in My Head – This I Believe (The Creed)

    The first Easter songs that pop into my head tend to begin with the cross or the blood – essentially the death of Jesus. Of course there is a lot more to Jesus’ death than the crucifixion but for non-believers looking in, a dead Saviour is not really extraordinary news. But the resurrection changes all that. It is the heart of Christianity. It gives hope for the future as we have a Messiah who not only died, but rose again and is alive! So yes, the resurrection is quite a big deal for the message of Easter and the Christian faith. This is where the song, This I Believe, comes…

  • A woman with arms in the arm free from broken chains - representing the lamb breaking us free from chains

    Lion and the Lamb – Music Monday Musings #4

    When Lion and the Lamb by Leeland was introduced in our church, I fell in love with it both musically and lyrically. For the former, it’s quite catchy as it follows the pattern of most modern Christian Music – starting off slow then the tempo takes off in the chorus. The Lion/Lamb contrast is beautifully portrayed in the lyrics. Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals Revelation 5:5 How can Christ be both the Lion and the Lamb? They are distinct opposites. One is a king, a judge, a ruler.…

  • Music Monday Musings - Talking about the different songs I like and why

    The Reason Why I Sing – Music Monday Musings #3

    Music has always been the most effective way of letting my emotions out, besides screaming or posting lyrics snippets on Facebook back in the cringey days of youth (*hangs head in shame*). Also the latter is probably not in line with Paul’s encouragement to: Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:19) The lyrics below from the gospel tune, Why We Sing, immediately came to mind when I started thinking about the reasons why I sing. Admittedly, the first line doesn’t really agree with the screaming I mentioned earlier but the rest of it is pretty much there. I sing because I’m happy I sing because I’m…

  • Music Monday Musings - Talking about the different songs I like and why

    Some Have Food But Cannot Eat – Music Monday Musings #2 

    In the course of my very light research on Burns Night recently, I came across the poem below. You are probably thinking what does ‘Some have food…’ have to do with Burns Night. The origins of this poem is attributed to Robert Burns (though there is no proof that he wrote it) and he is the reason for Burns Night. Some hae meat and canna eat And some wad eat that want it But we hae meat and we can eat And sae the Lord be thankit Immediately I saw it, the grace we sang back at school before every meal popped into my mind: I sang this routinely for…

  • Music Monday Musings - The Growing Mum

    Our God – Music Musings – #1

    Monday is up there on my least of favourites days of the week. Regardless of how organised I am on Sunday evening, everything is a struggle the next morning, from getting out bed to enduring the day at work. My journey home begins with a 30-minute walk (short break at nursery to pick up the little one) where I usually sing to myself – I check for other pedestrians first of course! I am not that crazy! And so Music Monday came into existence. A chance to reflect on what a particular song means to me and maybe introduce others to different sounds along the way. Our God – Chris…