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Dear Friends,

One of the wonderful joys of Methodism is our love of singing. Indeed, it has been said that Methodism was a movement that was “bom In song” and that our theology is expressed through hymnody, hence the name of our Methodist hymn book: Singing the Faith. There is also a long musical tradition here at Bricknell Avenue, with our choir present each Sunday, and the Christmas concert which last December I was privileged to participate in.

I have always enjoyed singing, since I was a young boy and competed in eisteddfods held in my home town in Bristol. We also enjoyed singing on long car journeys, as a way of passing the time, singing along to various cassettes that my parents would bring along.

The tradition of using song to worship God, pass the time, and inspire people to keep going is a long one. In the Bible we have a whole book made up of songs, directed towards God, known as the Psalms. In particular we have Psalm 121, which, is known as the Song of Ascents:

I lift my eyes up to the mountains - where does my help come from?

My help comes from the LORD,

The Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip -

he who watches over you will not slumber;

Indeed, he who watches over Israel

will neither slumber nor sleep Psalm 121: 1-4

This song would have been sung by the Israelites as they made their way to Jerusalem for the Passover Festival. The journey for them would have been long and on foot, as well as being far more dangerous than a car trip to Devon. The terrain that had to be navigated included mountains and valleys which could harbour bandits and thieves as well as wild animals.The lyrist looks to these mountains and asks “ where does my help come from?” and the answer is “my help comes from the Lord”. God the one who created and sustains the universe is the one who he puts his trust in and the one who ask for help.

In the 21st century we may think we are not going on dangerous journeys such as these. Yet there are times in our lives when the terrain does get rocky and difficult and dangers seem to lurk around each comer. We still need help, wherever we find ourselves, not just when walking a mountainous path. Which is why we too can turn to God, in Christ, to be our helper and guide. The one who can correct our wayward steps and lead us on the right path.

This Summer, whatever journeys you are on. I pray that you will know the presence of God and his love and grace extended to you. May you go on the journey in gladness, singing of God’s goodness, and asking for his help in all things.

Every blessing, David


 

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Dear Friends, One of the wonderful joys of Methodism is our love of singing. Indeed, it has been said that Methodism was a movement that was “bom In song” and that our theology is expressed through hymnody, hence the name of our Methodist hymn book: Singing the Faith. There is also a long musical tradition here at Bricknell Avenue, with our choir present each Sunday, and the Christmas concert which last December I was privileged to participate in. I have always enjoyed singing, since I was a young boy and competed in eisteddfods held in my home town in Bristol. We also enjoyed singing on long car journeys, as a way of passing the time, singing along to various cassettes that my parents would bring along. The tradition of using song to worship God, pass the time, and inspire people to keep going is a long one. In the Bible we have a whole book made up of songs, directed towards God, known as the Psalms. In particular we have Psalm 121, which, is known as the Song of Ascents: I lift my eyes up to the mountains - where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, The Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip - he who watches over you will not slumber; Indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep Psalm 121: 1-4  This song would have been sung by the Israelites as they made their way to Jerusalem for the Passover Festival. The journey for them would have been long and on foot, as well as being far more dangerous than a car trip to Devon. The terrain that had to be navigated included mountains and valleys which could harbour bandits and thieves as well as wild animals.The lyrist looks to these mountains and asks “ where does my help come from?” and the answer is “my help comes from the Lord”. God the one who created and sustains the universe is the one who he puts his trust in and the one who ask for help. In the 21st century we may think we are not going on dangerous journeys such as these. Yet there are times in our lives when the terrain does get rocky and difficult and dangers seem to lurk around each comer. We still need help, wherever we find ourselves, not just when walking a mountainous path. Which is why we too can turn to God, in Christ, to be our helper and guide. The one who can correct our wayward steps and lead us on the right path. This Summer, whatever journeys you are on. I pray that you will know the presence of God and his love and grace extended to you. May you go on the journey in gladness, singing of God’s goodness, and asking for his help in all things. Every blessing, David

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