A creative project in our church // Ein kreatives Projekt in unser Gemeinde

It’s dangerous to suggest an idea in our church, because chances are someone will reply with “Super! Mach das!”. Several months back, on a music weekend in the Black Forest I suggested to our music area leader that, as we’ve got so much talent in our church, we should do something to encourage people to create new works and to work together. In short, that’s […]

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James G Deck: Praise to Jesus

Here’s another hymn (most of it, anyway) from Mr Deck: Jesus, our life, is risen  – Jesus, who died to save: Burst are thy gates, O prison! Thy vict’ry spoiled, O grave! He who in grace descended, Constrained by love to die, Triumphant has ascended To God’s right hand on high. He, for the joy before Him, Endured the cross and shame, Therefore our souls adore […]

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Deck Hymns

A friend recently handed me a little book of ‘Hymns and sacred poems‘ by James G. Deck. I’d never heard of him, but apparently he was a big deal for Brethren, especially in New Zealand. I can see why, he does have a great beard. Anyway, I’m looking forward to reading through this book, because the first hymn is a real corker. Here is it (minus a […]

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To a lovely lady: a digger’s poem for Anzac Day

To a lovely lady: a digger’s poem for Anzac Day

To commemorate Anzac Day, I would like to share a poem, written by my Pop, Ernie Finden, whilst serving in Papua New Guinea in WWII:   To a lovely lady Sweet loveliness I give my heart to thee,   And pray that thou wilt share thy life with me In harmony and joy as knowing each   We’ll strive the hights of happiness to reach. Thy loveliness […]

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Bonhoeffer’s prayer for new year, 1945

This morning at church we sang a setting of a poem that Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote in Berlin prison for the new year of 1945. In four months time he would be martyred, 23 days short of the Nazi surrender. Von guten Mächten Von guten Mächten treu und still umgeben, behütet und getröstet wunderbar, so will ich diese Tage mit euch leben und mit euch gehen in […]

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Loveliest of trees…

Walking in the Fränkischer Schweiz on Good Friday I saw some lovely cherry trees all ‘hung with bloom’, which brought to mind the very apt words of Housman: Loveliest of trees, the cherry now Is hung with bloom along the bough, And stands about the woodland ride Wearing white for Eastertide. Now, of my threescore years and ten, Twenty will not come again, And take […]

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