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Yesterday on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month we remembered the fallen by taking part in a two minute silence to remember those who have fought and died for their country. Across the country, people young and old, in a wide variety of places and circumstances, paused just for a few minutes, just to remember the men, women and children who have died in wars the UK has participated in. They sacrificed their all so we may have the freedom to live our lives in this country. We should never forget what they gave for us, and we must never forget their sacrifice.

Just as many have given their lives for the freedom of this country, Jesus also paid the ultimate sacrifice by giving His life for us. The difference with Jesus is that not only did He die so we could be free, but He died so that we would be forgiven of our sins.

I vow today not only to never forget those who have died in conflicts around the world, but also to serve Christ always as way of repaying God for sacrificing His only son, just so I could be forgiven.

In the Christian calendar, Lent is the 40 days leading up to Easter which is treated as a period of reflection and a time for fasting from food and festivities. It symbolises the days which lead up to Jesus’ crucifixion and subsequent resurrection when Christ spent 40 days and nights alone in the desert.

Every year Lent starts on Ash Wednesday (This year starting on 1st March) and finishes on Holy Thursday (This year the 13th April). While Lent is a 40-day period it is actually 46 days of lent, as Sunday’s are excluded.

These days lent has traditionally become a time when people give up something up such as chocolate, alcohol, caffeine, smoking, favourite foods or television.

How many of you have given up something for lent this year? Did you do so just because traditionally you give up something for lent, or because it is the lead up to Easter and so this is a time of reflection for you as well as a time for fasting from some of your favourite things?

I pray that this lent as you reflect and/or give up one of your favourite things, you take time to remember Christ’s sacrifice for us, and reflect on your relationship with God.

Music Prayer

Thank you for the music all around us.

Each morning we hear it from the moment we open our ears;

the low notes of wind around the eaves

the whoosh of water as it comes from the tap

the glug glug as it drains

the throaty whistle of the boiling kettle

the metallic tap of the spoon against the cup

the jazz percussion of our feet on the steps.

The sounds of our day,

so familiar we hardly pay attention.

Thank you for the ability to hear.

Thank you for the sounds of life

the chatter of the squirrel

the deep purr of  a cat

the sharp calls of a blue jay

the sound of someone we love laughing.

Give us wisdom to enter this day with good sounds,

tones and pitches and words that affirm, encourage, cherish,

our sounds affecting the world in a positive way.

We pray for all who sing a sad song today;

the grieving, the lonely, the lost.

We pray especially for those who have lost their voice

and feel silenced or oppressed.

There are many singing freedom songs around our world,

and so today we pray for the safety of these singers.

Give their song the strength to convince and convert,

the power to ward off war.

There are too many war songs,

we don’t want to hear another one.

Thank you for your songs, love songs, which we are invited to sing.

Thank you for all the parts you’ve made for the song;

soprano, alto, tenor, bass.

Thank you for the children’s part and the senior’s part,

thank you for the youth part and the part for middle agers,

thank you for the crazy baby descant

that we all love to hear.

You are the Great Composer .

We long to be composed each day in your image,

singing your elegant score truly, clearly,

following your rhythm by heart,

finding our voice in your beautiful world.

Hearing you in the music of life.

This is our prayer.

Amen.

God inspires musicians to compose words and music that can tell others about His love, His faithfulness, His forgiveness and the ultimate sacrifice he gave for us. Words and music which  can touch the hearts and souls of the listener and bring them to kneel before God.

It really is God’s music we play, so make sure we play it for the right reasons.

Music has the ability to lift our spirits and bring us closer to God, but is it just the music that touches our hearts or is there more to it than that?

musicYou can get the best musicians in the world to play a piece of music which means nothing to them and they’ll play it note perfect, but will it convey the story and the message behind the music?

Sometimes it might, but I’d suggest that when playing christian music, the true message behind the music will cannot truly be conveyed by the musicians unless they themselves have a real relationship with God. Only then can the full message and the emotions related to God’s sacrifice and love for us, really be portrayed by the musician.

Music is simply a series notes which together can evoke images and emotions held deep within us. When it is music that’s been inspired by God, it can stir our hearts and bring us closer to God. So listen to God’s music, but open your heart, and let God stir your emotions.

In the last few week I’ve found myself listening to the song Through It All – The music and words always evoke huge emotion for me, as God always seems so close to me when I hear it:

Though the future seems uncertain

Though the fear erodes my peace

Though the circumstance seems hopeless

And the doubting will not cease

I will claim what He has promised

For my heart must recognise

Mine is not to question

But keep focused on the prize.

 

Through it all I choose to serve the saviour

Through it all I claim Christ as my friend

Through it all my faith will never waver

Till He calls me home or comes again

 

This path now set before me

Is not my route of choice

Yet I must keep moving forward

Listening to His still small voice

This step along this journey

He reminds me I’m His own

And through the cold dark loneliness

I’m aware I’m not alone

 

Through it all I choose to serve the saviour

Through it all I claim Christ as my friend

Through it all my faith will never waver

Till He calls me home or comes again

…remember Easter!

We have just celebrated Easter, and celebrated Christ rising from the dead, but does that mean we forget about what Christ did for us until next Easter? Definitely not! In fact, because of what Christ did for us, that’s exactly why we must remember the ultimate sacrifice that Christ made for us, each day. Because of the cross, we are free to lead the lives we lead…so remember Christ’s sacrifice for you each day!

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Above all powers, above all kings
Above all nature and all created things
Above all wisdom and all the ways of man
You were here before the world began

Above all kingdoms, above all thrones
Above all wonders the world has ever known
Above all wealth and treasures of the earth
There’s no way to measure what you’re worth

Crucified
Laid behind a stone
You lived to die
Rejected and alone
Like a rose
Trampled on the ground
You took the fall
And thought of me
Above all

 

 

Christ shed His blood for us on that very first Easter Friday.

Christ shed His blood for us so that we could be forgiven.

On that very first Easter Friday, the Easter story began, and because of that first Easter Friday, we remember that day every year.

Christ was crucified at Calvary on that first Easter, just so we could be forever forgiven. What better day is there to celebrate God’s love for us, than on the day when we remember the ultimate sacrifice that was made for us.

Lord, make Calvary real to me;
Lord, make Calvary real to me.
Open mine eyes to see victory in Christ for me;
Lord, make Calvary real to me.

So today, don’t let Easter just be a story that we hear each year, make it real by seeking God and acknowledging His sacrifice for us. Make Easter about the cross, His blood, God’s forgiveness and Christ!

 

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Sacrifices

Posted: February 13, 2015 in bible, life, music, quotes, religion
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Let’s start with a question:

Are you sacrificing the right things for God?

What should we sacrifice for God?

The bible tells us that “for the sacrifices of God are a broken and contrite heart”. So what does he require of us? He requires our will, our mind, our pride, our ambition, our desires, our all. All so that He can refine them so He can use us to further His Kingdom.

Are you ready to sacrifice your all for God?

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Today, we remembered the fallen on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month by taking part in a 2 minute silence to remember those who have fought and died for their country. This year the remembrance celebration have been more widely publicised in the UK as this year is the 100 year anniversary of the start of the 1st world war.

The men, women and children who have died in the various wars in which  the UK has participated, sacrificed their all, so that we may have continued freedom to live our lives in this country. We should never forget what they gave for us, and we will never forget their sacrifice.

In the last few days while thinking about the sacrifice given by so many during war, I couldn’t help but think of Jesus, as just like those who have died fighting for their country, He too gave the ultimate sacrifice anyone could give, by giving His life. The difference with Jesus is that not only did He die so we could be free, but He died that we could be forgiven of our sins.

I vow today not only to never forget those who have died in conflicts around the world, but also to serve Christ always as way of repaying God for sacrificing His only son, just so I could be forgiven.

I’m sure we’ve all done something wrong on a number of occasions. I’m also sure that n at least some of those occasions, as soon as we’ve done something we shouldn’t have done, we’ve wished we hadn’t done it. I’m equally sure that when those incidents have resulted in us hurting someone, a friend or family member, we’ve said sorry and asked for forgiveness.

Sadly though, as soon as the words or action has taken place, the damage has been done. We can’t erase painful words from someone’s memory, nor can a murderer bring someone back from the dead and erase the grief their loved ones feel.

God doesn’t make light of sin and the harm it causes, and proved this by sacrificing His son so that He could give us the forgiveness, mercy and love he desires us to have. Are we worthy of that sacrifice? Are you worthy of that sacrifice?

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Easter…sins

Easter…forgiveness

Easter…shame

Easter…sacrifice

Easter…eternity

Easter…such love

Easter gave us the proof, if ever we needed it, that God truly des love us and would do anything for us.

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