Saturday, July 17, 2010

I do love a good play with an organ

This is a cack,
Barry Morgan Plays the Organ
check these out
http://www.mrbarrymorgan.com/demo-mode

Monday, May 24, 2010

Dirty Nuns

Nuns are something, all in white, they go down into the dirt of the world and pull out what is precious and shine it up again as best they can.


Not an exaxt quote but close. From the Book: Brother Odd by Dean Koontz 2006. p294. HarperCollinsPublishers

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Taking a Piss at Church

My friend posted this very funny "movie" on his blog where the church is taking the piss out of certain experiences you'll find in contemporary pente & mega churches (and wanta bee's)

Check out North Point Churches Growtivation very Chaser if you ask me and very much what I experienced 10 years ago when I was part of that style of Church and what I know to well I have at my finger tips when leading worship.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

A Beginning Prayer During Summer at the End of the Day

Peace to those absent,
Peace to those present,
Peace to those known and unknown.


God of the hopeless and hopeful.
We are here again, gathered in sacred circle,
The familiar afternoon street birds are chirping, the cars are going by and we feel the afternoon breeze as it brings refreshment from the heat of the day.
The sun sets, the day begins to end and the night descends.

Conscious of the now, we breathe in, and out, stilling ourselves, and being present in the now.

We are here for a range of reasons,
some because, life is hard and sad
For others life is good and happy.
Many reasons, many situations, but this time is for us.

Breathing in, and out, in, and out. We are here, present in this moment, the other can wait or take care of itself.

Come now Holy Spirit, comforter and guide, be present with us and bless this time making it a sacred place.

Amen.

I wrote this prayer to go at the beginning of a afternoon time of prayer & meditation, towards the beginning of the service. An alternative beginning call \ response is one I found in the daily office part of the Anglican book "A Prayer Book for Australian". +  Peace to those who are far off, Peace to those who are near.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

does the serpent lurk even with the most virtious of intentions ...

Blog Text
The Door hissed ... "He incorporated the hiss to remind himself that in every human enterprise, no matter with what virtuous intentions it is undertaken, a serpent lurks"



From Brother Odd by Dean Koontz 2006. p36. HarperCollinsPublishers

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

No Wakeboarding in the Kiddies Pool

I saw the coolest thing today down at an Ocean Swimming Pool while I was out walking \ running.
These two young guys were "wake boarding" in the kiddies pool.
Very ingenious, they'd setup at one end tied to a pole a winch connected to a a 2 stroke engine (like you'd have on a small pump or generator). On the rope they had a Ski pole and one would walk to the end of the pool with the rope, give the command and the other would start the engine and off the boy would ski until he came a croppa.

Good on you boys, no doubt someone will come and spoil your fun, but enjoy it while it lasts cause I saw no sign that says "No wakeboarding in the Kiddies Pool"!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Tie with God, the Irony

Today I was inspired by a few words mid sentence in an email from a friend who essentially said "what do we include in our lives as an expression of a tie with God in the company of others?".
The ironic or perhaps wise part is that even though the sentiment still resonates with me, I'm still heading for the door as I exit the Church stage left. This year is going to be good but different year than I expected.

Monday, January 4, 2010

IT guy vs dumb employees

Perhaps only an IT person could understand just how funny and true this could actually be. My favourite part is the desktop bit towards the end.

http://www.break.com/index/it-guy-vs-dumb-employees.html

Being a Helper

A friend of mine recently wrote "Discipleship and mission will cost deeply - we need to ensure that what we are committing ourselves to is the cost that is God's call for us at this time". I feel there is much wisdom here, how true this concept is in all of life. There is always a need around us but is it up to us in this time and place to offer a level of help in the now and is that a small or big level. We can't be all things to all people at all times. Sometimes unfortunately you just need to keep walking on by and hope "it's someone else's day". I've seen too many people in my life live trying to be the good samaritan to everyone, which in the end is life denying to them selves. I choose to help where I can but don't want to do it out of guilt or obligation but rather because it's the right thing to do and it's "my time" to do it. I guess the hard part is knowing "is this my time" and confusing my higher thinking with pure laziness!