Psalm 67 – Lord Bless and pity us (Paraphrase from the Scottish Psalter)

Psalm 67:  A paraphrase – Lord Bless and pity us  (Church Hymnary 4 – CH4 45)
Set to tune =  CH4 594 Diademata (Crown him with many crowns)
by Charles Litster

  1. Lord, bless and pity us,
    shine on us with your face:

    that your way may be known on earth,
    all nations know your grace.
    Let people praise you, Lord;
    let all the people praise.
    Oh, let the nations all be glad,
    in songs their voices raise:
  2. You’ll justly people judge,
    on earth rule nations all.
    Let people praise you, Lord; let them
    praise you, both great and small.
    The earth her fruit shall yield,
    our God shall blessing send.
    God shall us bless; all shall him fear
    unto earth’s utmost end.

Harvest Thanksgiving – a forgotton song of praise – Sing to the Lord of harvest

I found this the other day, the source is the Trinity Psalter Hymnal – Hymn 553

I have set it to a different tune, that is  ‘All things bright and beautiful’. It is a fantastic tune and the words are perfect.  For that reason,  at the end of this version, I return to the refrain of that great hymn.

Sing to the Lord of harvest

John S. B. Monsell (1866)

Tune “All things bright and beautiful”

1 Sing to the Lord of harvest,
sing songs of love and praise;
with joyful hearts and voices
your alleluias raise!
By him the rolling seasons
in fruitful order move;
sing to the Lord of harvest
a song of happy love.

2 By him the clouds drop fatness,
the deserts bloom and spring,
the hills leap up in gladness,
the valleys laugh and sing.
He filleth with his fullness
all things with large increase;
he crowns the year with goodness,
with plenty, and with peace.

3 Heap on his sacred altar
the gifts his goodness gave,
The golden sheaves of harvest,
the souls Christ died to save.
Your hearts lay down before him
when at his feet you fall,
and with your lives adore him
who gave his life for all.

4 To God the gracious Father,
who made us “very good,”
to Christ, who, when we wandered,
restored us with his blood,
and to the Holy Spirit,
who doth upon us pour
his blessed dews and sunshine,
be praise forevermore.

End on…

5 All things bright and beautiful,
all creatures great and small,
all things wise and wonderful,
the Lord God made them all. 

 

“Climate change is a man-made problem that requires a feminist solution,” says Mary Robinson

Image of Mary Robinsin at the EIBF event on Sunday

The image above of Mary Robinson is via courtesy of the Edinburgh International Book Festival

“A feminist solution definitely includes men and I’m glad to say, increasingly includes men, because the feminist solution is based on equality.”

Mary Robinson, the UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Raymond Tshibanda on 28/04/2013 in Kinshasa, during a press briefing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Foreign

The image on the left of Mary Robinson is via courtesy of MONUSCO Photos [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)]

Former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson appeared at the Edinburgh International Book Festival today, to discuss her book, Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future, in an event chaired by Scottish Journalist Ruth Wishart.

Robinson has been a cornerstone of Irish politics for decades. Following the end of her Presidency, she threw herself into global humanitarian work and becoming an Elder, a group founded by Nelson Mandela in 2007, that works together to seek peace and to maintain human rights. Robinson is the first to admit that she didn’t discuss, or think much about, climate change when in her Presidency, and that becoming a grandmother nearly sixteen years ago opened her eyes to the need for change.

“When I held him in my arms, I was so conscious of the dates of 2050, you know, being a significant date for climate… all kinds of predictions that we need to be carbon neutral by 2050 and I thought to myself, ‘what age will he be?’. He’ll be forty-seven in 2050… I kind of had this physical reaction to thinking a hundred years ahead because I was his granny.

“That’s why I’m so grateful to Greta Thunberg and Holly (Gillibrand) here in Scotland and all of those children who have done much more for climate justice than I was doing at the time, because they’ve shown that it’s not a matter of small island states and indigenous peoples, which is what I was talking about mainly, it’s everybody. It’s the human race and our children and grandchildren.”

Library image of a Forest Fire

The discussion turned to the ongoing fires burning through the Amazon, to which Robinson stated that it’s devastating especially as “these are the lungs of the world,” before going on to say that it might actually highlight how consumer culture is impacting the natural world.

“I’m glad in a way that the terrible fires, that are taking place in the Amazon, are taking place when the G7 is meeting in Biarritz. It can’t be avoided, and I think President Macron is aware that this helps him to put climate change very much on the agenda.”

She went on to commend Scotland for its active approach to climate change, acknowledging that her home country of Ireland was lagging behind on its recognition and attempts to counteract their contribution to climate change.   “I came here to launch the first climate justice fund in the world, here in Edinburgh a few years ago, and I’ve been aware that Scotland’s climate policy is much much better and you’re very conscious. It’s partly because it wasn’t one of the things that Britain could rule for you.”

Robinson added that she was relieved as a former president to hear the Taoiseach of Ireland, Leo Varadkar admit that “Ireland was somewhat of a laggard on climate change, and we have to change.”

As well as the fear of the repercussions of climate change hanging overhead, Robinson says that it’s important that the world also remains aware of the ongoing tension around nuclear power, saying “the nuclear threat has become much worse than it was at any time since the cold war.

Doomsday Countdown to atmosphere changes – heat – climate change created by mankind? Library photo of an imagined end to the world – Doomsday (Fictional photography)

“I am asked to be with Ban-Ki Moon next January for the timing of the doomsday clock…they’ve asked us as Elders to be there to highlight the importance of it. We’re going to be closer than we’ve ever been to midnight.

“That is really serious because, Russia and the United States have pulled out of a recent treaty. They’re arming again, in a very dangerous way. North Korea is far from resolved. The United States has pulled out of the Iran treaty, that was holding Iran in place on nuclear issues and most worrying of all, you’ve got Kashmir with two nuclear powers. India said the other day that they’re moving away from what they said in the beginning when they went nuclear ‘no first strike’. They’re now saying, ‘well, maybe, maybe we won’t hold to that.

“I don’t want to scare people unduly, but that is another existential threat.”

Despite this, Robinson says that she is hopeful about the future, given the strength of leadership and the example that young people are providing around the topic of climate change. When asked what we should do to make active battling of climate change accessible by all, regardless of political leaning, she answered succinctly, “One short answer would be, listen to the children. Listen to our children.”

Sunday at the Book Festival

The image above of Mary Robinson is via courtesy of MONUSCO Photos [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)]

A Selection of Highlights for Tomorrow: Sunday 25 August 2019

Mary Robinson 11.45am

While the realities of climate change are not always visible, the realisation that our grandchildren will live in troubled times can catalyse action. After becoming a grandmother, former Irish president and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson travelled the world to learn about the fightback. In Climate Justice, she describes the people working to overcome the threat.

This event is part of the WWF Series

Kerry Hudson & Sarah Smarsh 1.30pm

Two writers revisit their experiences of working-class life in Britain and the US. In Lowborn, prize-winning Scottish writer Kerry Hudson returns to the poverty-stricken towns of her youth to discover what being poor means today, while Heartland by Sarah Smarsh is a touching memoir on the destitution of Kansas farming life and ‘being broke in the richest country on Earth’. Hear two honest takes on wealth inequality.

Mike Berners-Lee 2.00pm

Warnings of looming environmental catastrophe rain down on us with increasing frequency and only the most ardent climate change sceptics deny we live at a crucial point for the Earth’s future. Join sustainability expert Mike Berners-Lee in conversation with WWF’s Tanya Steele, as he cuts through the noise with practical advice on how we can avoid calamity, drawn from his book There is No Planet B, a ‘Handbook for the Make or Break Years’. 

This event is part of the WWF Series

Thomas Keneally 5.00pm

The Booker Prize-winning Australian author of Schindler’s Ark, Thomas Keneally comes to Edinburgh having woven another masterpiece in The Book of Science and Antiquities. Ancient human remains are found in Western Australia, causing controversy: was the man Aboriginal, or does he signify an even older culture? Documentary maker Shelby investigates, sure that ‘Learned Man’ connects the planet’s earliest inhabitants with our troubled environmental future.

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi & Geovani Martins 5.00pm

Manchester-based Ugandan author Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and Brazilian writer Geovani Martins live half a globe apart, but their searing short story collections both centre on being an outsider. Makumbi’s Manchester Happened features moving stories of Ugandans living in England, while Martins’s The Sun On My Head is set amid the inequalities of a notorious Brazilian favela.

Colson Whitehead with Kirsty Wark 8.30pm

Following the success of The Underground Railroad – named by Barack Obama as one of the most important books of his presidency – new novel, The Nickel Boys sees Pulitzer Prize-winner Colson Whitehead visit 1960s Florida, a period of American history fraught with racial tension.

“Everything in moderation, including moderation,” says Geneticist and Author Dr. Giles Yeo.

Dr. Yeo (Image above kindly provided by the Edinburgh International Book Festival) discussed his book Gene Eating in an event chaired by journalist Ruth Wishart at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on Monday 12th August 2019 , examining topics including fad diets, veganism and how our genetic makeup impacts weight loss.

Yeo says there are two factors the brain takes into account every time we eat…

Your brain needs to know two pieces of information in order to influence your food intake.

First, it needs to know how much fat you have, and why? Because how much fat you have is how long you would last in the wild without any food, if food stopped today.

And secondly, it needs to know what you have just eaten and what you’re currently eating.”

“If you lose any weight, your brain hates it because it considers it a reduction in your likelihood of survival. So it will always make losing weight difficult.

If anyone tries to sell you an effortless way to lose weight, they are lying.

When queried about veganism being used as a tool for weight loss, Dr. Yeo said:

It’s now become mainstream because people think it’s healthier. So, the cold truth is we probably eat too much meat as a society. This is true. Okay, does this mean all of us need to suddenly become vegan? Well I think it suits some people and for some people, it’s something to do. I think all of us need to probably eat ten – twenty percent less meat or even something more rather than eat no meat at all, but I guess this is the point if the kernel of truth is being vegan will help you lose weight. Not because it’s magical, because you eat less calories.”

His new book examines how genetic predisposition comes into play with how humans, as individuals, digest and process food.  He started off by saying

“Body weight is not a choice. Now obesity just happens to be one end of the spectrum from being skinny and being average size. So, it’s a spectrum, okay, it’s not a choice. Now let me just caveat this, clearly it’s my choice if I choose to eat the cookie or not and I appreciate that, but remember we don’t gain weight overnight. We gain weight over a year, over a few months.”

People think that when you gain weight, you gain fat cell.  Okay, maybe you get more fat cells. This is not true. Fat cells are like balloons and they get bigger and they get smaller, and when we gain weight they get bigger, and when we lose weight, they get smaller. The safest place to store fat is in your fat cells as they do this because that’s their professional job. It’s when they’re not in the fat cells, and they go into your muscles, your liver, other places, that’s when you tilt into disease. But what’s interesting is, all of our fat cells expand to differing amounts individually.

“So when we carry too much fat we will become ill, but how much fat we can carry, that is going to be down to our individual genes.”

For those interested in finding out their genetic mapping for food digestion, Dr. Yeo offers two free solutions. “The first is very depressing, but if you actually just look at your parents, when you just imagine anything about your parents, their shape and size, the size of their bottom, also what diseases they have.  That is free and far more predictive than any genetic testing. Second of all, if you have to lose the weight, if you are honest with your own failing behaviour, so for example, do I respond to stress by eating or not? Do I prefer chocolate, or what have you, then at least you have a fighting chance of controlling the environment you can control, meaning your household.

“So until we get to the point where genes can actually help in this prediction, I think look at your parents and be honest with your own feeding behaviour. I think those two things together are probably going to be quite effective.”

The Great Escape from The Kingdom of Fife at a cost of an extra £2.33 paid to ScotRail

My plan. To venture out of the Kingdom to do some work at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. I missed the Stagecoach by a whisker. It was an Express, a coach and an X57. The good news is that a classic double-decker arrived, a 7B at 8:15 am (On school days this service does not run) prompt.

The 7B has many destinations but the main ones are Dunfermline and then onto Kelty. It was a pleasure to see. The blue, orange and red branding was a delight to my eye. It came to my rescue. Just in time.

It does stop at my local station but the train service from Fife in my view does not seem to be reliable. Many trains are cancelled (See recent late trains and cancellations at the bottom of this article) and rail staff reduce the number of carriages at peak times.  Therefore, they cram travellers into what seems to be carriages the size of sardine cans. 

Therefore, I headed for my nearest main station, that is Inverkeithing. However, just before I entered the station I pulled my discount card out of my wallet and I discovered it had expired.  Then I remembered…

It was that moment when I had a tiny twinge of conscience. The moment that I decided to go paperless or in this case card-less, This was a very small bid to save the planet. So I swapped my discount card for a discount app from National Rail (not ScotRail) on rail ticket prices that now resides on my mobile phone.

As I approached the station I happily liberated my phone from my pocket. On opening, I clicked on the Rail Ticket App. Hey presto the phone whirred and made some comforting noises

After what seemed to be forever, it then came back with a message…

‘Something went wrong please try again later.”

Well, I did, almost immediately! I needed that ticket. I had to be in Edinburgh sharpish.

More Whirs and a beep.

Then this very interesting message appeared

‘Something went wrong please try again later.”

My immediate reaction cannot be published here but I quickly jerked out of my pocket over £6 in cash. £6 for a single fare to Edinburgh! Ouch!

The train surprising ran on time but for some reason the 8:37 am was cancelled. I wonder why there is yet another cancellation

I fixed the app. Surprise, surprise it needed an update. So at the touch of a screen, the issue was fixed. Ticket lady said there could be no refund. Lesson learnt it will be back to the paper version next time I renew. I must say £2.33 discount on a ticket is a lot to lose.

Happily, I arrived at the Festival in time to hear all about the Victoria and Albert (V and A ) Museum in Dundee. You should be able to read the story here in the near future.

But I am still very puzzled why the app did not simply say…

‘Please update your app’ or ‘App out of date please go to Apple Store’

There really is no excuse for vague error messages like this in 2019

< – – – Some Recent Cancellations – – – >

 

August 12, 2019 at 02:40PM | 13:53 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 14:52 | 13:53 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 14:52 has been delayed at Inverkeithing and is now 11 minutes late.

August 12, 2019 at 04:09PM | 15:53 Glenrothes With Thornton to Tweedbank due 17:51 | 15:53 Glenrothes With Thornton to Tweedbank due 17:51 will no longer call at Kinghorn, Burntisland, Aberdour, Dalgety Bay, North Queensferry, Dalmeny and South Gyle.

August 13, 2019 at 08:01AM | 08:44 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 09:47 | 08:44 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 09:47 will be started from Inverkeithing.

August 13, 2019 at 03:10PM | 15:40 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 16:45 | 15:40 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 16:45 will be started from Inverkeithing.

August 13, 2019 at 06:35PM | 17:44 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 18:49 | 17:44 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 18:49 has been delayed between Rosyth and Inverkeithing and is now 8 minutes late.

August 14, 2019 at 03:26PM | 14:39 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 15:44 | 14:39 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 15:44 is being delayed between Rosyth and Inverkeithing and is now expected to be 8 minutes late.

August 14, 2019 at 03:37PM | 15:00 Edinburgh to Arbroath due 16:48 | 15:00 Edinburgh to Arbroath due 16:48 has been delayed at Inverkeithing and is now 9 minutes late.

August 15, 2019 at 11:14AM | 10:26 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 11:29 | 10:26 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 11:29 has been delayed at Inverkeithing and is now 10 minutes late.

August 15, 2019 at 11:34AM | 10:05 Perth to Edinburgh due 11:33 | 10:05 Perth to Edinburgh due 11:33 has been delayed between Inverkeithing and Edinburgh Gateway and is now 10 minutes late.

August 15, 2019 at 01:26PM | 12:28 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 13:39 | 12:28 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 13:39 has been delayed at Inverkeithing and is now 11 minutes late.

August 15, 2019 at 01:26PM | 12:41 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 13:42 | 12:41 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 13:42 is being delayed at Inverkeithing and is now expected to be 10 minutes late.

August 15, 2019 at 01:47PM | 13:48 Edinburgh to Glenrothes With Thornton due 14:51 | 13:48 Edinburgh to Glenrothes With Thornton due 14:51 will no longer call at Haymarket, Edinburgh Gateway, Dalmeny and North Queensferry.

August 16, 2019 at 03:17PM | 14:40 Edinburgh to Glenrothes With Thornton due 15:38 | 14:40 Edinburgh to Glenrothes With Thornton due 15:38 is being delayed at Inverkeithing and is now expected to be 10 minutes late.

August 16, 2019 at 04:47PM | 17:44 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 18:49 | 17:44 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 18:49 will be started from Inverkeithing.

August 17, 2019 at 11:46AM | 12:23 Cowdenbeath to Edinburgh due 13:06 | 12:23 Cowdenbeath to Edinburgh due 13:06 will be started from Inverkeithing.

August 17, 2019 at 03:19PM | 16:24 Cowdenbeath to Edinburgh due 17:10 | 16:24 Cowdenbeath to Edinburgh due 17:10 will be started from Inverkeithing.

August 17, 2019 at 04:19PM | 16:24 Cowdenbeath to Edinburgh due 17:10 | 16:24 Cowdenbeath to Edinburgh due 17:10 will be started from Inverkeithing.

August 19, 2019 at 01:52PM | 13:21 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 14:24 | 13:21 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 14:24 will no longer call at North Queensferry, Dalmeny and Edinburgh Gateway.

August 19, 2019 at 10:52PM | 22:05 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 23:09 | 22:05 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 23:09 is being delayed at Inverkeithing and is now expected to be 8 minutes late.

August 20, 2019 at 10:25AM | 09:23 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 10:34 | 09:23 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 10:34 has been delayed at Inverkeithing and is now 10 minutes late.

August 20, 2019 at 11:06AM | 09:23 Arbroath to Edinburgh due 11:13 | 09:23 Arbroath to Edinburgh due 11:13 has been delayed at Inverkeithing and is now 10 minutes late.

August 20, 2019 at 11:15AM | 10:05 Perth to Edinburgh due 11:33 | 10:05 Perth to Edinburgh due 11:33 has been delayed at Inverkeithing and is now 10 minutes late.

August 20, 2019 at 11:45AM | 13:21 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 14:24 | 13:21 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 14:24 will be started from Inverkeithing.

August 20, 2019 at 02:36PM | 13:48 Edinburgh to Glenrothes With Thornton due 14:51 | 13:48 Edinburgh to Glenrothes With Thornton due 14:51 has been delayed between Edinburgh and Inverkeithing and is now 10 minutes late.

August 20, 2019 at 06:18PM | 17:03 Perth to Edinburgh due 18:29 | 17:03 Perth to Edinburgh due 18:29 has been delayed at Inverkeithing and is now 10 minutes late.

August 21, 2019 at 08:37AM | 07:09 Dundee to Edinburgh due 08:48 | 07:09 Dundee to Edinburgh due 08:48 has been delayed between Dalgety Bay and Inverkeithing and is now 10 minutes late.

August 21, 2019 at 12:03PM | 11:38 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 12:39 | 11:38 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 12:39 will no longer call at North Queensferry, Dalmeny and Edinburgh Gateway.

August 22, 2019 at 10:19AM | 09:23 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 10:34 | 09:23 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 10:34 has been delayed at Inverkeithing and is now 13 minutes late.

August 22, 2019 at 10:38AM | 09:37 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 10:38 | 09:37 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 10:38 has been delayed at North Queensferry and is now 11 minutes late.

August 22, 2019 at 03:19PM | 14:37 Edinburgh to Perth due 15:55 | 14:37 Edinburgh to Perth due 15:55 has been delayed between Edinburgh and Inverkeithing and is now 8 minutes late.

July is Mobile Phone Courtesy Month

July is Mobile Phone Courtesy Month

Therefore here are a few tips…

We all know about this issue. Especially when we are on a bus, train or in any other public place because we become an audience to someone else’s conversation.

Sometimes when we speak on a mobile phone we forget our manners!

Therefore do try to make the most of Mobile Phone Courtesy Month. You can do so if you follow these tips about mobile phone etiquette:

– When you are in a meeting: don’t check your phone constantly for texts and emails. But do concentrate on the people you are with.
– In a court, official room, theatre, or place of worship set your mobile phone to silent or vibrate
– Don’t embarrass yourself… If you know you are going to make an intense emotional call save it for when you are somewhere private. The public at large have no need to know about your relationship issues. That is unless you are a celebrity of course!
– Do check your personal volume levels. It is very easy to start shouting into your phone. Instead speak softly and everyone in your vicinity will enjoy the peace and quiet. They will also appreciate your good manners.

The Good Samaritan (Luke 10: 25 – 37)

I had a challenge finding a hymn for this one.  The bad news is that I could not find anything from CH4 or Mission Praise to describe the story.  After the service, I did have a thought and my immediate reaction was why did I not think of that earlier.   But more about that later.

Therefore, I searched and the best I could find was…

CH4 562 Through the Love of God our Saviour verse 2 and CH4 231 that is verse 2.  Interestingly both can be sung to tune 562 ‘All through the night’

Verse 2 of CH4 562

2 Though we pass through tribulation,
all will be well.
Ours is such a full salvation,
all, all is well.
Happy, still in God confiding,
fruitful, if in Christ abiding,
holy, through the Spirit’s guiding,
all must be well.

Verse 2 of CH4 231
Please see the words of verse 2 here ‘For the fruit of all creation’

The two hymns – that is one verse each were sung as the Anthem

Below is the story of the Good Samaritan from Luke 10:25-37 King James Version (KJV) of the Bible.

25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?

27 And he answering said ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself’.

28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.

29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?

30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

32 And likewise, a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.

33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,

34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.

36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?

37 And he said He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

Our minister highlighted the importance of willing hands.  That is willing hands that God can use in the time of an emergency,  In this case, those helping/willing hands came from a Good Samaritan (The Samaritans were not liked by the population in those days).

Now, what was the hymn I had forgotten about?   Simply, it was “He put in the oil and the wine”.   You can hear it here.

 

Rock of Ages Cleft for Me – 1 Kings 19:1-18

These are the words that I needed from Rock of Ages Cleft for Me. 

That is verses 2 and 3…

“Not the labour of my hands
Can fulfil Thy law’s demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All could never sin erase,
Thou must save, and save by grace.

Nothing in my hands I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for dress,
Helpless, look to Thee for grace:
Foul, I to the fountain fly,
Wash me, Savior, or I die.”

If you look at Church Hymnary 4  CH4 hymn 554 you will find it is set to the tune Petra.  I must say not one of my favourite tunes – but the Late Rev. Bob White always reminded me that these tunes were the pop songs of the day.  Sadly one of a set of tunes that I struggle to look at as a pop song.  For me, it sounds like a dirge.   Other people may well enjoy, but it is not in my top 10.

As usual, I sent an email to our choir members.   I mentioned that words also fit the tune for the carol  ‘As with Gladness men of old’.  Secretly, I was hoping this would be ok.

Quickly, I received an email back – we know the tune.    ‘Oh dear’,  I thought.  Nothing for it, but I will try and rearrange Petra, perhaps break the chords or add a variation in the bass.

Today I arrived at church for the choir practice.   Played the tune Petra, it was not recognised, by anyone.   Nothing to do with the arrangement!  I then checked the CH3 hymnary and the tune was Petra. – it was there again!   Only, one more source was left…   Mission Praise.  There I found the tune Toplady and that was a perfect match.   Do have a  look at Mission Praise MP 582 (ii).  To my mind much superior to Petra.   Had to transpose by two semitones – but the organ magically did all that for me! 

To hear the tune click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ah6xIq4mL0I

 

 

112 Which Service Do You Need…

This is a poem inspired by the images of Fife beaches and thoughts of BREXIT

Like all my poems, there is little rhyme, rhythm, metre and the words may defy logic.

Written after a minor accident on Thursday evening.  That is using one finger on a mobile phone.   Other fingers bruised.

We live on an island.
No, not of the desert kind
An island that is not one
Except in the beauty of my mind

Beauty is hidden
not seen by the many,
but only the few

A pleasing pleasure,
the blue clouds of peace.
A beauty that beams light,
that laps the storms of the sea
Are those waters part of the fleece?
And does it destroy their coming plight

So why do we fight
To destroy the float of white wool?
Better to do thine will every night
Why ignore the gift of God and his might?
As it is something precious that mixes, melts and multiplies his light

Random drops of heavenly manna
Drops that dance like hot snowflakes and not a spanner
Snowflakes that land on a raucous world.
And how I do love Apple Pie,
Snowflakes, Apple,  and the planet wearing a mandatory bow tie.
All, of course, a delight to my eye

Yet in itself, the world is a bit,
a very small shot, a very small mitt
Yes – It is Minuscule and Mountain crushing
But is all well and is all fit?

Planet earth is Yes…
And it will, yes it will survive
But what is more beautiful

Better than the world and something that will revive

Better than this island
Surely, it must be
Yes… An island of Paradise.
One that is alive

A Paradise that lives, lives inside.
A Paradise of life
An Island within itself that cannot hide

An isle of the Great with some strife

The Great United people, that have boats near a buoy
The United In a Kingdom full of joy
Sadly, not for the many but the few.
And nearly everything is broken and little is new.

Split by discord,
a broken chord of love.
What do we do? 

Is it an emergency

                 Dial 112

No!   I made a mistake – sorry operator

But…  Mirror, Mirror on the wall who is the most beautiful of them all…

The most beautiful is within…
“it is within”
“Within What?”
“Within the innards”
“Within What?”
“Within the innards” 

The magic of  inside
explored by a naive surgeon’s knife
The magic of you plus

The magic of two beaches in Fife
The magic of a bride walking down the aisle
of golden sand to become a wife

But can we Ignite that passionate spark?

Remember we are the many and not the few”.

But what are we?
We are the people
But who are the many?
We the people are the many
Where are the few?
That is the mystery…
And how do we grow and find out what is true?

All these questions and there is someone in the know
There is only one thing to do…
Speak to someone to release your life and make it go
and he will help you no matter even when you feel low…

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Beaches at Milesnilk by Aunty Ana Gram