The Spirit Lives (Walk in the light) – Song Lyrics

The Spirit Lives (Walk in the Light)

1. The Spirit lives to set us free,
walk, walk in the light;
He binds us all in unity,
walk, walk in the light.

Chorus: Walk in the light, walk in the light
             Walk in the light, walk in the light of the Lord!

2. Jesus promised life to all,
walk, walk in the light;
the dead were wakened by His call,
walk, walk in the light.
   Walk in the light…

3. He died in pain on Calvary ,
walk, walk in the light;
to save the lost like you and me,
walk, walk in the light.
   Walk in the light…

4. We know His death was not the end,
walk, walk in the light;
He gave His Spirit to be our friend,
walk, walk in the light.
   Walk in the light…

5. By Jesus’ love our wounds are healed,
walk, walk in the light;
the Father’s kindness is revealed,
walk, walk in the light.
   Walk in the light…

6. The Spirit lives in you and me,
walk, walk in the light;
His light will shine for all to see,
walk, walk in the light.
   Walk in the light…

 

©1978; 1993; Kevin Mayhew Ltd

Bulimia and healing

Except for my psychiatrist, I have never told anyone this – I have suffered with the eating disorder Bulimia since the age of 12. Some weeks and months can be good, others can be horrendous and thus causing my weight and general health to fluctuate greatly. I would binge eat in huge quantities, chocolate and sweets being the binge foods of choice before then purging myself of these sins by either intentionally throwing up or more commonly in recent years with the use of over the counter readily available laxatives.

Since February, I had noticed that things had got progressively worse, so much so that my weight was plummeting despite eating a lot more food. I had lost 20.5kg in the space of 4 months dropping at one point to 92kgs.

But then came New Wine, my ‘holiday’ and time to relax and refresh. New Wine is a pair of annual week-long Christian Conferences held in July/August each year in Somerset, with all the worship, ministry and teaching you could want.

Whilst at the 1st of this year’s conferences, I went to a seminar titled ‘Body Image and Eating Disorders’ purely to learn more about eating disorders and how I could harness my Christian faith to hopefully beat it once and for all. At the end of the seminar there was a time to receive ministry and during the ministry time, I was prayed for and I prayed that I would be given the strength to overcome Bulimia. But I was a little silly and prayed that I would be able to get through the rest of New Wine before committing to beating it and for renewal in my life.

Oh how silly I was, because fast forward a few days later to the 2nd of the conferences, I was in the Hungry venue with Paul and Lou, my vicar and his wife, and another friend from our church when the song ‘Break Every Chain’ was sung. And wham! That is when God hit me, ministering to my exact need and saying ‘Now is the time! I am breaking you free from the shackles of your Bulimia right now, not after you go home but NOW!’

Since that evening last Tuesday, I have not once wanted to over eat or done so, nor have I at any time wanted or felt the urge to purge after eating. I even binned all my laxatives that very night, I no longer possess any.

I am hugely blessed and grateful that God chose to release me from these chains I have had around me for almost 16 years. It just shows that when you choose to let God enter your life, he will. I only left it ajar by saying ‘when I am ready’ but He forced His way in through the door and intervened on His terms – it was my choice to accept His intervention in my life and I am so, so glad I have done.

There were other things that happened in the ministry time at the end of the Tuesday night and I will share them in due course.

As Don Moen said in his song ‘God is good, all the time’, I can happily respond saying: All the time, God is good!’

WHO or WHAT inspires you, and WHY? – Children’s Talk

This Children’s Talk was written for the 5th Sunday After Trinity – Year A; 2017 – Note this talk does not correspond to the Lectionary readings for this Sunday.

I will link to additional resources in due course.

Readings utilized:
Deuteronomy 31:8
Proverbs 1:2-6
Mark 4: 30-34

Part 1

May I speak in the name of the Living God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

I would like you all to have a quick think about this question and tell the person next to you: WHO or WHAT inspires you and WHY?

Does anyone want to share with everyone?

Here are a couple of examples of who inspired me to be who I am today and why.

• The Vicar
 They is always there for you, whenever you may need them.
 They helps when I have questions
 They are a FRIEND

• A Youth Worker
 A friend
 A guide
 Someone who helps us to realize, and achieve your aspirations

I love the first few verses in the Book of Proverbs which explain exactly what an inspiring person could be. Let’s take a look at the verses.

Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise.
Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair.
These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young.
Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. Let those with understanding receive guidance,
by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables, the words of the wise and their riddles.

Proverbs 1:2-6

But there is someone else too who inspires me and I hope many of you.

• God!
 The one person that knows me! He knows me even better than I know myself.
 He never leaves you alone, even in times of weakness and when you are struggling.

There is a verse from Deuteronomy which really sums this up.

“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Deuteronomy 31:8

The next part takes a look at the words of two songs, so let’s stand and worship by singing these two very meaningful songs; Amazing Grace and The Ink is Black, The Page is White.

Part 2

So we have looked and talked about who might inspire you, and have sung two songs. But let’s now take a quick look at the meanings of those songs.

Amazing Grace – Origins

  • Written by John Newton, based on his personal experiences.
  • This was in the Atlantic Slave trade.
  • 1748 a HUGE storm hit and everyone was fearing for their lives. He prayed and felt God’s presence and that marked his spiritual conversion.
  • Left slave trade in 1754 and started writing hymns.
  • Most well known is ‘Amazing Grace’ and was written to illustrate a talk on New Year’s day in 1773. `
  • Amazing Grace is essentially John Newton’s autobiography of his life story. How he was involved with the slave trade, met God and became a freer of slaves and campaigned for their freedom.

The Ink is Black, the Page is White – Origins

  • The song was inspired by the United States Supreme Court decision of Brown v. Board of Education Topeka, in the US State of Kansas in 1954 which that outlawed racial segregation of public schools.
  • The original lyrics of the song opened with this verse, in reference to the court: “Their robes were black, Their heads were white, The schoolhouse doors were closed so tight, Nine judges all set down their names, To end the years and years of shame.”

So how do these songs feed into our story and question for today?

The Parable of the Mustard Seed that we read earlier told us how the mustard seed grew into a big tree when it started out as the tiniest of seeds.

It is a big change to go from something so tiny to something as large as a big tree that you can shelter under and see from a long way off.

When Jesus used the mustard seed to explain to his disciples what the Kingdom would be like, he knew that they would be inspired by the changes that could happen in the world.

That is exactly like what happened with John Newton and the slave trade, and with the US Supreme Court decision in 1954.

Both were the starts of processes that changed generations of people to come. They were the INSPIRATION for their generations in starting to get equality for everyone.

Jesus was the inspiration for his generation. He inspired his disciples to grow like mustard seeds in their faith to go and tell the good news that He brought.

Those people that inspire us, whether that be God, your Parents, our Priest, Youth Worker, or our favourite athletes, they are our inspiration to grow like a mustard seed does.

So let’s all go out today, and leave here with the ambition to grow, inspired by whoever and whatever you have thought about today. And remember that God is with us all the time. Jesus could be our ultimate inspiration as to how we would like to grow.

Amen.

Closing Prayer / Blessing – 2017-07-16

Sunday 16th July 2017
The 5th Sunday After Trinity – Year A

Blessing

May Almighty God, who has redeemed us and made us his children through the resurrection of your Son our Lord, bestow upon you the riches of his blessing.

And the Blessing of God Almighty, The Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you and all whom you love, today, and always.

Amen

Amazing Grace (Traditional) – Song Lyrics

Amazing Grace

1. Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.

2. ’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.

3. Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

4. The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures;
He will my Shield and Portion be,
As long as life endures.

5. Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

6. The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.

*7. When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun.

(Omit * verse)

©1779; John Newton
Verse 7; Author Unknown

Black and White / The Ink is Black, The Page is White – Song Lyrics

Black and White

1. The ink is black, the page is white
Together we learn to read and write
Read and write
And now a child can understand
This is the law in all the land
All the land
The ink is black, the page is white
Together we learn to read and write
Read and write

2. The slate is black, the chalk is white
The words stand out so clear and bright
Clear and bright
And now at last we plainly see
The alphabet of liberty
Liberty
The slate is black, the chalk is white
The words stand out so clear and bright
Clear and bright

3. A child is black, a child is white
The whole world looks upon the sight
A beautiful sight
And very well the whole world knows
This is the way that freedom grows
Freedom grows
A child is black, a child is white
The whole world looks upon the sight
A beautiful sight

4. The world is black, the world is white
It turns by day and it turns by night
It turns by night
It turns so each and everyone
Can take his station in the sun
In the sun
The world is black, the world is white
It turns by day and it turns by night
It turns by night

© 1969; Alan Roberts and Earl Robinson

Original Words

Their robes were black, their heads were white
The schoolhouse doors were closed so tight
Were closed up tight
Nine judges all set down their names
To end the years and years of shame
Years of shame
The robes were white, the heads were white

© 1956; Pete Seeger

Winning the Prize – Children’s Talk

Over the last few years I have had the privilege of leading services within my Benefice of 3 churches. On this blog, I hope over time to be able to share these talks/order of services with you, so that my teachings can be a help to you too, should you be struggling for inspiration in your services.

This first talk is from a children’s service called Lighten Up! which I led on Sunday 21st October 2012. It is called ‘Winning the Prize’ Additionally I have an opening and closing prayer that I wrote which can be used too.

Winning the Prize

When there is a contest the winners get a trophy or at the Olympics a Gold, Silver or Bronze medal.

I am sure you all enjoy the praise and congratulations you receive when getting your trophy or awards and afterwards when you are being cheered.

But also it is a sign for others to see that you have done something very special.

James and John asked Jesus for something very, very special because they thought they were special themselves, but they also knew that Jesus didn’t hand out awards to people.

What they wanted was to sit on his left and right in his Kingdom.

But Jesus said that it wasn’t for him to decide who could sit next to him in heaven. For the ones who will get that honour are the ones that are servants and helpers to everyone else. For those people, getting up in the morning they are full of life, and a bundle of energy, ready to do God’s will.

The Hebrew word for this is Nephesh, which literally means the breath of life, ambition or living creature.

Two weeks ago at Harvest we looked at the story of creation in Genesis, the first book of the Bible, but a couple of verses later in, it says:

Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.
Genesis 2:7

God had planned all along for those that are full of life, or with ambition to be his servants and it is those of us that will get to sit at his side in his Kingdom. Remember he created us:

in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
Genesis 1:27

He created us all to be like him, servants to others, just like he sent Jesus to be a servant and not to be served.

God’s kingdom is not about winning prizes or honour. It is about service to others. Look at the life of Jesus! What better example of a servant is there? He came not to be served but to serve, dying on the cross so that we might have eternal life!

That is the greatest prize anyone could ever have!

Opening Prayer

Lord God, we thank you for bringing us here together today. Make us all humble and unite us through your word and prayer. We pray, Lord Jesus that you open our hearts and our ears and make us quiet and attentive to your Holy Word. May your Holy Spirit and your Word guide us and light our way.

Closing Prayer

Heavenly Father as we come to the end of our time together we thank you for what has been accomplished here in your church today. May the matters raised help us to move forward and cause us to advance and see growth in all areas of our lives. May we leave here recognizing that you are the God of all wisdom and you are willing to lead us forward.