Blessings


Transcript of my sermon delivered on Sunday 29th January 2017 This sermon uses two passages from the Bible, and questions what are blessings, and how do we recognise blessings in our lives. The passages are Micah 6: 1 - 8  and Matthew 5: 1 - 12, and I began my talk by showing this piece of video from “The Life... Continue Reading →

Love and Loss


Over two days this week I have been involved in four funerals. When I say “involved” I mean that I have provided the music for one, delivered the eulogy and address at one, supported a friend who was delivering his first eulogy at another, and at one to mourn the passing and celebrate the life... Continue Reading →

Prayers for a New Year


I led the prayers in our Sunday worship this morning, and for a change I used a couple of props. I chose to pray around four items that are traditionally used on New Year's Eve in Scottish households - coal, "black bun" (or fruit cake), salt and whisky. Here's what we prayed: Coal - small, dirty,... Continue Reading →

Daybook Entry – New Year’s Eve 2016


For Today... the last day of 2016 Outside my window... I can hear some isolated bursts of fireworks going off locally. The weather is mild to cold but not frosty yet. I am thinking... about some changes I need to make in myself, my outlook, my worldview and my expectations. I am thankful... for so,... Continue Reading →

A Time To Be Still


Everybody needs time to be still. Stillness implies stopping something - moving, talking, eating, worrying, crying, laughing, agitating - whatever it is, we all need to stop and be still. But how difficult is it to stop yourself and just be in the moment, in the presence of something bigger than yourself and not to fret... Continue Reading →

Daybook Entry – 24th February 2016


For Today... 24th February 2016. Outside my window... it is a chilly -1 and each star is like a little chip of ice in the sky. I am thinking... about who fascinating it is to cross paths with new people. I am thankful... for my musical gift. I am praying for… my old friend Jason... Continue Reading →

Wednesday Hodgepodge


Thanks to Joyce for hosting the Wednesday Hodgepodge again this week. Here are my answers but if you want to join in, please click the hodgepodge logo below and follow the instructions on the host site. Here we go!   1. February 17th is National Random Acts of Kindness Day. It lands on the calendar one... Continue Reading →

What Music Is


  "You know what music is? God's little reminder that there's something else besides us in this universe; harmonic connection between all living beings, everywhere, even the stars"  --Robin Williams (2007)    

Let The Light In


Contrary to popular (ie, non-Christian) belief, we are still celebrating Christmas. Most people think that Christmas is something that is done and finished with by 25th December, but that's not true. For western Christians, Christmas carries on until Epiphany, which is when we remember the arrival of the magi at the nativity. Christmas is a... Continue Reading →

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