Remembrance Hymn – full score

Last year I wrote a song for Remembrance Sunday with Colin Webster and Phil Moore of Cornerstone Worship. Their friend Matt Vosper has now kindly written a full piano score version of the sheet music.

Lead sheet | Full Score

O Lord, we look upon the past,
rememb’ring those who went before
who heard the call and bore for us
the brutal, bloody face of war.
We think of them and think of you,
who came to earth as one of us,
to share our pain and bear our wounds,
and make the final sacrifice.

2. O Lord, we look around today
and see a world in conflict still.
We pray for those who strive for peace,
who stand for truth or lives rebuild.
We weep with those whose hearts are scarred,
whose way is hard, whose hope is weak.
To refugees whose homes are lost,
God of all comfort, comfort speak.

3. O Lord, we look ahead in hope
to see the dawning of the day
when swords are beaten into ploughs
and every tear is wiped away;
when wounds are healed and fear dispelled
and all who trust in you arise;
when Christ, the Prince of Peace, has come,
and glory, glory fills the skies.

CCLI Song # 7120048 © 2018
Colin Webster Songs (Admin. by Song Solutions http://www.songsolutions.org)
Phil Moore Songs (Admin. by Song Solutions http://www.songsolutions.org)
Tim Chester Publishing (Admin. by Song Solutions http://www.songsolutions.org)

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Exodus for You in Portuguese

My book Exodus for You is now available in Portuguese.

As I posted last month, I’m delighted to see this because there’s a lack of good Christ-centred expository helps on Old Testament literature. This is one reason why I was so keen to write Exodus for You, 1 Samuel for You and 2 Samuel for You – even though books on the Old Testament are far from being money-spinners!

The Portuguese version of Exodus for You is available from here in Brazil and from here in the UK.

Relentless Love video

This song (which I co-wrote) is from Mission to Dendros, the latest children’s CD from Michael J Tinker. The album is available here and there’s still time (just) to get a free set of postcards by pre-ordering the album before its release date on October 1, 2019.

1 Samuel for You in Portuguese

My book 1 Samuel for You is now available in Portuguese.

I’m delighted to see this because there’s a lack of good Christ-centred expository helps on Old Testament literature. This is one reason why I was so keen to write 1 Samuel for You and 2 Samuel for You – even though books on the Old Testament are far from being money-spinners!

It’s available from here in Brazil and from here in the UK.

 

Enjoying God in Portuguese

My book Enjoying God is now available in Portuguese.

I think this is the fastest translation of any of my books – it’s only one year since the publication of Enjoying God in English.

It’s available from here in Brazil and from here in the UK.

 

 

Top ten tips on leading a time of prayer

A friend recently asked me for advice on leading a time of prayer. Here’s what I came up with. The context they assume is a small group, Bible study or gospel community. But you could adapt them for other contexts.

  1. Say that anyone can pray, but nobody has to pray.
  2. Suggest people keep their prayers short, but don’t wait for others.
  3. Don’t get people praying in groups if unbelievers are present so they are not pressured into praying before they are ready.
  4. Suggest people pray for one thing at a time (but pray more than once) and encourage people to listen to others so the time of prayer has the feel of a conversation.
  5. Invite people to identify matters for thanks as well as matters for request.
  6. If people are poor at giving thanks, split the time into a time of praise and thanksgiving and a time for prayers of request.
  7. Invite people to pray through the passage, reading a verse or two at a time and suggesting people respond in thanks, praise, confession or request as appropriate.
  8. Use any discussion of prayer needs to reinforce a gospel culture and gospel priorities. You can doing this asking how we should pray for a need that it is raise or what we’re going to ask God for.
  9. Avoid spending a lot of time discussing what we might pray for and no much time actually praying – our job is not to problem-solve each issue, but to present it before God.
  10. Don’t let a time of prayer drag on – leave people wanting more not less.