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New Year’s Song – Over The Rhine

New Year’s Song by Over The Rhine, from their album Blood Oranges In The Snow.
Happy New Year everyone.

“New mercy comes with every morning
The unexpected with no warning
For loved ones who’ve gone on before
Sing me Auld Lang Syne
New mercy comes with every morning
The unexpected with no warning
Let the dear ones you love know
You’ll miss them when you go”

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Here We Come A Wassailing – Christmas (Sunday) Songs 2017 Day 31

As thoughts of Christmas give way to those of New Year the most apt way to leave Christmas Songs 2017 is with Kate Rusby’s rendition of Here We Come A Wassailing.
“Wassailing” is the practice of going door to door singing Christmas songs and wishing folk well.
A blessed new year to anyone reading.

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The Coventry Carol – Christmas Songs 2017 Day 30

Close to the end of Christmas Songs 2017.
Here’s Sufjan Steven’s version of The Coventry Carol, a song derived from the biblical text dealing with Herod’s slaughter of the innocents. The vocal on this features Marla Hanson.

Lully, lullay, Thou little tiny Child,
Bye, bye, lully, lullay.
Lullay, thou little tiny Child,
Bye, bye, lully, lullay.
O sisters too, how may we do,
For to preserve this day
This poor youngling for whom we do sing
Bye, bye, lully, lullay.
Herod, the king, in his raging,
Charged he hath this day
His men of might, in his own sight,
All young children to slay.
That woe is me, poor Child for Thee!
And ever mourn and sigh,
For thy parting neither say nor sing,
Bye, bye, lully, lullay.

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Losing Our Religion (preparing for MGPC 31/12/17)

Song: In Christ Alone
Call to Worship
Song: Man Of Sorrows
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Blessed Assurance
Affirming our Faith: The Apostle’s Creed
Song: Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow
Bible Reading: Obadiah 1 – 21 – Obadiah’s prophesy is directed at the descendants of Esau, Edomites, yet sacred Scripture is given to the people of God who are meant to overhear its message. While Jerusalem lay in ruins and the evil Edomites appear to have triumphed, God asserts His sovereign purposes, promises to humble proud Edom, and restore His people.
Bible Memorisation: Ephesians 3: 18 & 19
Song: O Teach Us How To Count Our Days
Bible Reading: Galatians 4: 1 – 7
Sermon: Losing Our Religion
Song: One True God (Tithes & free will offerings will be taken up during this song. Guests are not obligated to give an offering.)
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: All Glory Be To Christ

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Star Of The East – Christmas Songs 2017 Day 29

Star Of The East is yet another Christmas song that I hadn’t heard before.
The lyrics are translated to English by George Cooper, presumably from the German of Alfred Hans Zoller. The music is by Amanda Kennedy.
This rendition is by Judy Garland of all people.
Apparently it was released in the 1940s.
It contains the first verse, refrain, and sixth then fifth verses.
Her voice is so pure back then.

Star of the East, Oh Bethlehem’s star
Guiding us on to Heaven afar!
Sorrow and grief and lulled by thy light,
Thou hope of each mortal, in death’s lonely night!
Fearless and tranquil, we look up to Thee!
Knowing thou beamst thro’ eternity!
Help us to follow where Thou still dost guide,
Pilgrims of earth so wide.
Star of the East, thou hope of the soul,
While round us here the dark billows roll,
Lead us from sin to glory afar,
Thou star of the East, thou sweet Bethlehem’s star.
Star of the East, undimmed by each cloud,
What tho’ the storms of grief gather loud?
Faithful and pure thy rays beam to save,
Still bright o’er the cradle, and bright o’er the grave!
Smiles of a Saviour are mirror’d in Thee!
Glimpses of Heav’n in thy light we see!
Guide us still onward to that blessed shore,
After earth’s toil is o’er!
Star of the East, thou hope of the soul,
While round us here the dark billows roll,
Lead us from sin to glory afar,
Thou star of the East, thou sweet Bethlehem’s star.
Oh star that leads to God above!
Whose rays are peace and joy and love!
Watch o’er us still till life hath ceased,
Beam on, bright star, sweet Bethlehem star!

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In Which Mini-Me Drives A Mini-Tesla

I found this video in which actor Verne Troyer (mini-me in the Austin Powers movies) unboxes and test drives a child-scaled Tesla car irresistibly charming.
His enthusiasm for the project disarms any cynicism.

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Hillbilly Elegy

Hillbilly Elegy was on a number of ‘best books’ in 2016.
I found a copy in a remainder bookstore when I was on holidays and am reading it this week.
It’s an introduction to a culture that seems alien to modern sensitivities in this age that champions the marginalised, but can’t quite figure out what to do with marginalised who look pretty much the same as the mainstream.
There are some parallels in our country with sections of society that are generationally unemployed and family relationally fragmented.
Does the answer to their cultural malaise rest in individual endeavour or collective (government) intervention?
The book seems strongest when it deals with memoir; its efforts to provide social analysis will take longer to evaluate.