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Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Creationtide - Day 29. Psalm 150 Reimagined for C21

Throughout Creationtide, 1st September - 4th October, there will be a daily posting of material to help us reflect on the various themes associated with this period in the Church’s year.



The posts will follow a nine day cycle, as follows:-

  • Glory of the Cosmos, 
  • Bible 
  • Earth’s Wonders 
  • Care of the Planet 
  • Meditation/ Prayer 
  • Praise & Adoration
  • Jesus, the heart of it all

I hope you will find these notes, prayers, hymns and meditations helpful and that you will feel you want to call in on the site each day. You will be very welcome and as many of the items reflect the biggest challenge of our times (notwithstanding Covid 19), I hope you might encourage other like-minded people to join us on this 34 day pilgrimage.  

Praise God in his holiness;
Praise him in heaven, his glorious dwelling-place

Praise him from the unknown depths of stars, moons and planets; and from the soaring wonders of the vastness of space.

Praise him for the marvellous gift of matter; and for his extravagant love for all that lives.

Let great aquatic creatures and enormous land-bound mammals, miniscule animals, insects and microscopic cells, praise the Lord.

Let forms of life wholly beyond human comprehension, praise the Lord.

For the neural pathways that birth our imaginations and give rise to all our understandings, give thanks and praise.

Let everything that exists, Praise the Lord.

Monday, 28 September 2020

Creationtide - Day 28. Sonnet of The Source

 Throughout Creationtide, 1st September - 4th October, there will be a daily posting of material to help us reflect on the various themes associated with this period in the Church’s year.




The posts will follow a nine day cycle, as follows:-

  • Glory of the Cosmos, 
  • Bible 
  • Earth’s Wonders 
  • Care of the Planet 
  • Meditation/ Prayer 
  • Praise & Adoration
  • Jesus, the heart of it all

I hope you will find these notes, prayers, hymns and meditations helpful and that you will feel you want to call in on the site each day. You will be very welcome and as many of the items reflect the biggest challenge of our times (notwithstanding Covid 19), I hope you might encourage other like-minded people to join us on this 34 day pilgrimage. 

Sonnet of The Source

       
CGI by the author representing the 
cosmic wave background that reflects  the historic evidence for the big bang

 

Source of deep rhythms of our universe,
You magnificently nurture both life and death:
from pulsing galaxies to gentlest of breaths,
from softest rain to gamma ray bursts.
Matter birthed into being and scattered abroad
enjoined in the arrow of time,
chaotic, yet crying to be refined
by the forces released at your Word.
So particles eagerly coalesced
and gravity gathered its spheres:
life was invited, a simple-form guest
to evolve, once it had appeared,
into reasoning creatures with power to distil
this opus of love and God’s mighty will.

You might also like to reflect on the internationality of the potential contribution towards the stewardship of the earth from the Christian church globally by spending ten minutes listening to one of the many versions of ’The Blessing’ which have been published during Lockdown times. Today’s choice comes from China

Sunday, 27 September 2020

Creationtide - Day 27. I Imagine The God Who Created (Lindisfarne)

 Throughout Creationtide, 1st September - 4th October, there will be a daily posting of material to help us reflect on the various themes associated with this period in the Church’s year.





The posts will follow a nine day cycle, as follows:-

  • Glory of the Cosmos, 
  • Bible 
  • Earth’s Wonders 
  • Care of the Planet 
  • Meditation/ Prayer 
  • Praise & Adoration
  • Jesus, the heart of it all

I hope you will find these notes, prayers, hymns and meditations helpful and that you will feel you want to call in on the site each day. You will be very welcome and as many of the items reflect the biggest challenge of our times (notwithstanding Covid 19), I hope you might encourage other like-minded people to join us on this 34 day pilgrimage. 

I Imagine The God Who Created The Cosmos


I imagine the God who created the cosmos
as a Spirit, eternally young;
full of light, full of love, full of energy
from whose Word every particle spun,
to be shaped and reshaped through existence
with some to emerge into life
at first simple, then complex, then sentient
bringing love and its dark converse, strife.

This same God, out of deepest compassion,
set power and glory aside,
became human, risked wrath and malevolence
to redeem us from sin’s drowning tide.

You might also like to reflect on the internationality of the potential contribution towards the stewardship of the earth from the Christian church globally by spending ten minutes listening to one of the many versions of ’The Blessing’ which have been published during Lockdown times. Today’s choice comes from The Philippines

Saturday, 26 September 2020

Creationtide - Day 26. Psalm 51(Metric)

 Throughout Creationtide, 1st September - 4th October, there will be a daily posting of material to help us reflect on the various themes associated with this period in the Church’s year.


Truth, Lie, Street Sign, Contrast, Contrary, Note

The posts will follow a nine day cycle, as follows:-

  • Glory of the Cosmos, 
  • Bible 
  • Earth’s Wonders 
  • Care of the Planet 
  • Meditation/ Prayer 
  • Praise & Adoration
  • Jesus, the heart of it all

I hope you will find these notes, prayers, hymns and meditations helpful and that you will feel you want to call in on the site each day. You will be very welcome and as many of the items reflect the biggest challenge of our times (notwithstanding Covid 19), I hope you might encourage other like-minded people to join us on this 34 day pilgrimage. 

One of the great penitential psalms in a newly written (2014), metric format (with September 2020 amendments)

Whilst this is not overtly linked to Creationtide themes, the plea in the (new) last verse for helping us build ‘a just and righteous place’ is especially topical as we think about a post-Covid society that is more aware of the needs of those downtrodden through the rampant capitalism that has prevailed in the past. Thus it is a prayer for the whole earth and all its peoples.

Have mercy God, on me, in your great goodness,
with that same mercy, heal my waywardnesses;**
show me my faults. Yes! all my untowardness.
Cleanse me from sin, Lord.

My guilt is clear, it cannot be defended.
against you only have I oft offended:
when just conceived, sin swift my heart attended,
spare me from wrath, Lord.

Now inward truth is what you most require,
cleanse me and purge me like refining fire.
Released from sin; with gladness, me inspire
to praise Your Name, Lord.

Turn from my sin, forgive my every wrong.
Come, mould my heart, and let my spirit long
for help and wisdom, that I may be strong
in all your ways, Lord.

Then to the wicked, I might teach those ways:
deliver me and strengthen all my praise.
No sacrifice to you I have to raise,
save my poor heart, Lord.

Within me build your justice and your grace,
show all your people your belov-ed face.
Now help us build a just and righteous place,
giving you honour.

**Please note, I have changed the wording here from that in the stave below to make it a little less awkward. I have also changed the last verse to reflect the situation the world faces in 2020.


Double click on the image to obtain as printable score (with thanks to Andrew Collier)

You can listen to the tune on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMcS44uE9qQ
played by Andrew Remillard
You might also like to reflect on the internationality of the potential contribution towards the stewardship of the earth from the Christian church globally by spending ten minutes listening to one of the many versions of ’The Blessing’ which have been published during Lockdown times. Today’s choice comes from Tacloban City

Friday, 25 September 2020

Creationtide - Day 25. The Bible Starts with Awesome Tale

 Throughout Creationtide, 1st September - 4th October, there will be a daily posting of material to help us reflect on the various themes associated with this period in the Church’s year.



Image credit NASA:
earth from moon

The posts will follow a nine day cycle, as follows:-

  • Glory of the Cosmos, 
  • Bible 
  • Earth’s Wonders 
  • Care of the Planet 
  • Meditation/ Prayer 
  • Praise & Adoration
  • Jesus, the heart of it all

I hope you will find these notes, prayers, hymns and meditations helpful and that you will feel you want to call in on the site each day. You will be very welcome and as many of the items reflect the biggest challenge of our times (notwithstanding Covid 19), I hope you might encourage other like-minded people to join us on this 34 day pilgrimage. 

This song, originally written for KS1 and KS 2 children, may help others too in relating the Biblical story to the scientific understanding

The Bible starts with awesome tale,
Creation in six days,
And then God rests, encouraging
A day set by for praise.
The marvellous story then goes on
Within a garden fair,
Where Eve and Adam struggle to
Resist the serpent’s dare.

These tales are all by Wisdom shaped,
The Ancients taught them well,
How at God’s Word creation sprang
And human beings ‘fell’.
Today we know God’s shown us that,
There’s further learning still;
A whole cosmos from nothing came
Through God’s almighty will.

It grew from minute particles
To stars and galaxies,
And planets formed round mighty suns:
Life came out from the seas.
Amazing grace! Now brains and faith 
and science help us see,
God’s blessings on this wondrous path,
and love for you and me.

© Trevor Thorn


Quick view here of the score. To obtain pdfs to print from, go to the links shown at the end of the post


























To access an A4 pdf of the music score Click Here
To access an A4 pdf of the words for printing Click Here


The ten minute Jesus Prayer sequence runs from here with ten seconds for each language: (click the darker bar at the top of this image to be able to vary the screen size) 
You might also like to reflect on the internationality of the potential contribution towards the stewardship of the earth from the Christian church globally by spending ten minutes listening to one of the many versions of ’The Blessing’ which have been published during Lockdown times. Today’s choice comes from Portugal 

Thursday, 24 September 2020

Creationtide - Day 24. Praise God for Wonders Deep in Space

Throughout Creationtide, 1st September - 4th October, there will be a daily posting of material to help us reflect on the various themes associated with this period in the Church’s year.




The posts will follow a nine day cycle, as follows:-

  • Glory of the Cosmos, 
  • Bible 
  • Earth’s Wonders 
  • Care of the Planet 
  • Meditation/ Prayer 
  • Praise & Adoration
  • Jesus, the heart of it all

I hope you will find these notes, prayers, hymns and meditations helpful and that you will feel you want to call in on the site each day. You will be very welcome and as many of the items reflect the biggest challenge of our times (notwithstanding Covid 19), I hope you might encourage other like-minded people to join us on this 34 day pilgrimage. 

Praise God for Wonders Deep in Space.



Image from ‘The Birth, Life and Death of Stars'
at Remote Sensing @CES
Praise God for Wonders Deep in Space.

Praise God for wonders, deep in space:  
For mighty constellations,
Which mark the passage of the year
As earth makes its gyrations
Around the sun, whose heat and light
Sustain all life around us;
But only through protective spheres, 
Which thankfully surround us.

Praise God for beauty all around
With joy and great thanksgiving:
So many animals and plants
With diverse ways of living,
Midst verdant valleys, mighty hills
and in life-giving waters.
Yes! Much for us to thank God for,
As treasured sons and daughters.

Praise God, who full of grace and peace,
Sent Christ on earth to save us
From sin and death and darkness, which
So swiftly overtake us.
So come and worship Him, our Lord,
Whose generous gifts uphold us
On this benign and glorious globe,
Which bountifully enfolds us.

Can be sung to the tune ‘Golden Sheaves'
You might also like to reflect on the internationality of the potential contribution towards the stewardship of the earth from the Christian church globally by spending ten minutes listening to one of the many versions of ’The Blessing’ which have been published during Lockdown times. Today’s choice comes from Germany

Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Creationtide - Day 23. Prayer for Creativity

Throughout Creationtide, 1st September - 4th October, there will be a daily posting of material to help us reflect on the various themes associated with this period in the Church’s year.

Celtic style ‘Flame of the Holy Spirit':
Watercolour - by the author.


The posts will follow a nine day cycle, as follows:-

  • Glory of the Cosmos, 
  • Bible 
  • Earth’s Wonders 
  • Care of the Planet 
  • Meditation/ Prayer 
  • Praise & Adoration
  • Jesus, the heart of it all

I hope you will find these notes, prayers, hymns and meditations helpful and that you will feel you want to call in on the site each day. You will be very welcome and as many of the items reflect the biggest challenge of our times (notwithstanding Covid 19), I hope you might encourage other like-minded people to join us on this 34 day pilgrimage.

This short prayer is for anyone who tries to express their faith in art, poetry, music or in any other way. It is also a prayer for those who undertake creative tasks for any sort of church services or evangelistic occasions. I use it often.

Gracious Spirit,

inspire in me
holy creativity
that I may do (write/paint/craft/organise)
bold things for you
and to Christ's glory.

Another prayer on this blog Prayer when overwhelmed   

You might also like to reflect on the internationality of the potential contribution towards the stewardship of the earth from the Christian church globally by spending ten minutes listening to one of the many versions of ’The Blessing’ which have been published during Lockdown times. Today’s choice comes from Italy 

Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Creationtide - Day 22. Corals Are Bleaching

 Throughout Creationtide, 1st September - 4th October, there will be a daily posting of material to help us reflect on the various themes associated with this period in the Church’s year.

Bleached coral, like this in New Caledonia, 
become a global phenomenon and a stark indicator
of the impact of unabated climate change. 
Corals are crucial ocean nurseries,
nurturing up to 25 percent of all marine species.
Credit: XL Catlin Seaview Survey/March 2016. 
Photo and comment copied with thanks from ‘Inside Science News

The posts will follow a nine day cycle, as follows:-

  • Glory of the Cosmos, 
  • Bible 
  • Earth’s Wonders 
  • Care of the Planet 
  • Meditation/ Prayer 
  • Praise & Adoration
  • Jesus, the heart of it all

I hope you will find these notes, prayers, hymns and meditations helpful and that you will feel you want to call in on the site each day. You will be very welcome and as many of the items reflect the biggest challenge of our times (notwithstanding Covid 19), I hope you might encourage other like-minded people to join us on this 34 day pilgrimage. 


Corals are bleaching 
(Suggested Tune Bunessan/ Morning has broken)

Corals are bleaching,
glaciers receding,
sea levels rising
on many shores.
Species are dying,
fewer birds flying.
Plastics defiling
the oceans’ floors.

Refrain
Father forgive us
all of our blindness
that fails to see
the truth in the facts,       
that we are killing       
our precious planet.
Wake us from slumber;
Stir us to act.

Cyclones, tornadoes    
are more ferocious;
witness the records
of current times.      
Flooding and droughts
are far more disastrous;                    
homes and lives lost
in torrents and slime.
            Refrain.

Make us determined
To be good stewards
of this your planet
to which Christ came.
We as his people
must fight for justice
by seeking ways 
to curb climate change.

The justice identified in the last verse, is a critical concept for Christians: over and again, it becomes absolutely clear that it is the poorest who already are, and will keep on suffering most from the effects of climate change and chaos. So if we have any heart for the poor, doing whatever we can to mitigate these effects is our duty as followers of Christ. 

Further poems, hymns, songs about Caring for our Common Home can be found at the 
 Living With Integrity pages on this blog

You might also like to reflect on the internationality of the potential contribution towards the stewardship of the earth from the Christian church globally by spending ten minutes listening to one of the many versions of ’The Blessing’ which have been published during Lockdown times. Today’s choice comes from Luganda

Monday, 21 September 2020

Creationtide - Day 21. Of Herbs and Electrons: Little by Little

 Throughout Creationtide, 1st September - 4th October, there will be a daily posting of material to help us reflect on the various themes associated with this period in the Church’s year.




The posts will follow a nine day cycle, as follows:-

  • Glory of the Cosmos, 
  • Bible 
  • Earth’s Wonders 
  • Care of the Planet 
  • Meditation/ Prayer 
  • Praise & Adoration
  • Jesus, the heart of it all

I hope you will find these notes, prayers, hymns and meditations helpful and that you will feel you want to call in on the site each day. You will be very welcome and as many of the items reflect the biggest challenge of our times (notwithstanding Covid 19), I hope you might encourage other like-minded people to join us on this 34 day pilgrimage. 

Of Herbs and Electrons
Little by little, step by step,
we know more about everything.

In a warm spring garden

aromas are tempted out
by the sun’s powerful caressing.

For centuries, that was the finite end of the tale.

But now we want to know
how it is that oils are released to regale
us with such perfumed delight
as box, lavender, rosemary
with its added promise of blossom,
purple, pink, white.

We can, if we choose, have explained

how the protons and neutrons dance
excitedly in the warmth,
With their eerily fickle electrons
to enhance
The attars of the spring
Or simply bask in this God-given glory
Of the garden’s vernal unfolding.

Little by little, step by step,

We know more about everything:
In a warm spring garden,
Both science and beauty reveal
The miracles of God’s fashioning.

Other poems with a scientific theme can bee found in the special index here

You might also like to reflect on the internationality of the potential contribution towards the stewardship of the earth from the Christian church globally by spending ten minutes listening to one of the many versions of ’The Blessing’ which have been published during Lockdown times. Today’s choice comes from Zimbabwe 


Sunday, 20 September 2020

Creationtide - Day 20. Psalm 93 Reimagined for C21

Throughout Creationtide, 1st September - 4th October, there will be a daily posting of material to help us reflect on the various themes associated with this period in the Church’s year.




The posts will follow a nine day cycle, as follows:-

  • Glory of the Cosmos, 
  • Bible 
  • Earth’s Wonders 
  • Care of the Planet 
  • Meditation/ Prayer 
  • Praise & Adoration
  • Jesus, the heart of it all

I hope you will find these notes, prayers, hymns and meditations helpful and that you will feel you want to call in on the site each day. You will be very welcome and as many of the items reflect the biggest challenge of our times (notwithstanding Covid 19), I hope you might encourage other like-minded people to join us on this 34 day pilgrimage.

Psalm 93 Reimagined for C21  

You, Lord, are ruler of the whole universe:
you are robed in the fabric of the cosmos
which was established at your Word.
The vastness of space and time
cannot contain you, Lord.
You are from and to everlasting.

Constellations are testimonies to your might,
Planets and their inhabitants praise you
   in joyful outpourings of known and unknown tongues.  

More majestic than the roar of gargantuan waters
that dwarf all of earth’s mighty oceans;
more majestic than storms that are indescribably vast,
are you almighty God
.
You reign in eternity and even now know the
    time of your return and the end-time of the universe .

Your laws guide us into truth, righteousness and justice.
Let me delight in the holiness of your domain
both now and forever, O mighty God.

If you appreciate this sort of re-working, you may like a similar refashioning of part of Job 38 which you can find HERE

You might also like to reflect on the internationality of the potential contribution towards the stewardship of the earth from the Christian church globally by spending ten minutes listening to one of the many versions of ’The Blessing’ which have been published during Lockdown times. Today’s choice comes from Ireland 


Saturday, 19 September 2020

Creationtide - Day 19. Evolution and Beauty

 Throughout Creationtide, 1st September - 4th October, there will be a daily posting of material to help us reflect on the various themes associated with this period in the Church’s year.




The posts will follow a nine day cycle, as follows:-

  • Glory of the Cosmos, 
  • Bible 
  • Earth’s Wonders 
  • Care of the Planet 
  • Meditation/ Prayer 
  • Praise & Adoration
  • Jesus, the heart of it all

I hope you will find these notes, prayers, hymns and meditations helpful and that you will feel you want to call in on the site each day. You will be very welcome and as many of the items reflect the biggest challenge of our times (notwithstanding Covid 19), I hope you might encourage other like-minded people to join us on this 34 day pilgrimage. 

Evolution and Beauty

Treasure the mystery of beauty in nature,
exquisite colours in miniscule lives;
gradations of light that reflect from a feather,
the mesmeric flash as a kingfisher dives.
Irrational joy from a tumble of flowers,
a wild range of perfumes from herbs in the sun,
delicate leaves in many-hued bowers,
breathtaking leaps of deer at a run.
These gifts, science tells us, evolved down the ages,
only the fittest adapt to survive.
Yet, is it not baffling, utility’s progress
so often gladdens our minds and our eyes?
Could it be that our senses are blazing a sign?
Here is balm for our souls from a Godhead benign.

Think about this: come back to it: and if you want further thoughts on this go to Of Herbs and Electrons

You might also like to reflect on the internationality of the potential contribution towards the stewardship of the earth from the Christian church globally by spending ten minutes listening to one of the many versions of ’The Blessing’ which have been published during Lockdown times. Today’s choice comes from the Arab Nations 


Friday, 18 September 2020

Creationtide - Day 18. Let The Cosmos Praise Its Maker

 Throughout Creationtide, 1st September - 4th October, there will be a daily posting of material to help us reflect on the various themes associated with this period in the Church’s year.





The posts will follow a nine day cycle, as follows:-

  • Glory of the Cosmos, 
  • Bible 
  • Earth’s Wonders 
  • Care of the Planet 
  • Meditation/ Prayer 
  • Praise & Adoration
  • Jesus, the heart of it all

I hope you will find these notes, prayers, hymns and meditations helpful and that you will feel you want to call in on the site each day. You will be very welcome and as many of the items reflect the biggest challenge of our times (notwithstanding Covid 19), I hope you might encourage other like-minded people to join us on this 34 day pilgrimage.

Let the Cosmos praise its maker,
In its known and unknown tongues, 
Giving thanks for all existence
In its multitude of forms;
From immense to subatomic,
From primaeval to new-born.

All the fundamental forces
Dance before his heavenly throne, 
Giving praise with saints and angels 
For the mighty deeds he’s done; 
Bringing matter out of nothing 
As the universe was formed. 

Let us, as his much loved creatures
Seek how we might understand
All the glory of creation, 
All the beauty that he planned, 
And his cosmic gift, salvation 
Through Christ Jesus, God in man. 

This hymn/ song was written with the meditative tune in mind to which ‘Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence’ is usually sung (Picardy), and with the idea that it provides a short, thought-provoking time for reflection on the immensity of the cosmos and what that says about God.

It could equally well be sung as a celebratory song of the glory of the universe and there are numerous hymn tunes with 87.87.87 metre which could be used for this such as the well known 'Praise My Soul'

There are three lines of the song that warrant brief explanation for those not familiar with current scientific understandings.

 The expression 'known and unknown tongues’ is intended to allow not only for lesser known terrestrial languages but also for ‘ tongues' which may be used on planets or moons far beyond our amazing solar system. Thousands of stars are now known to have ‘exoplanets’ and ‘exomoons’ circling them similarly to our solar system, and many astronomers/cosmologists think it is more, rather than less likely, that some of these support life that thinks and communicates in ways comparable to the way we humans do.

The first line of the second verse, ‘All the fundamental forces’  could  easily refer to storms, winds and floods and it is likely most people will understand it as such. But it also has a more scientific meaning. In this sense it refers to the four fundamental forces. These are the gravitational force, the electromagnetic force, the strong interactive force and the weak interactive force which between them hold matter in its place, from the component parts of atoms and molecules to galaxies.

Finally, the penultimate line of the song specifically points to the cosmic significance of Christ’s coming to us here on earth: this is a proposition which many thoughtful scientist/ Christians have written on persuasively and enthusiastically.

I hope this ‘shorthand’, note will encourage both those who use this language readily and enable those who don’t, to be drawn into the glorious mysteries of our faith, complemented by the scientific explorations and understandings of so many awe inspiring aspects of ‘our’ amazingly benign cosmos in which our planet has its being.

Further songs with similar faith and science themes can be found in the ‘Wonders of Creation’ found in the right hand column of this collection 

You might also like to reflect on the internationality of the potential contribution towards the stewardship of the earth from the Christian church globally by spending ten minutes listening to one of the many versions of ’The Blessing’ which have been published during Lockdown times. Today’s choice comes from Latin America


Thursday, 17 September 2020

Creationtide - Day 17. Give Thanks to God for Human Brains

Throughout Creationtide, 1st September - 4th October, there will be a daily posting of material to help us reflect on the various themes associated with this period in the Church’s year.




The posts will follow a nine day cycle, as follows:-

  • Glory of the Cosmos, 
  • Bible 
  • Earth’s Wonders 
  • Care of the Planet 
  • Meditation/ Prayer 
  • Praise & Adoration
  • Jesus, the heart of it all

I hope you will find these notes, prayers, hymns and meditations helpful and that you will feel you want to call in on the site each day. You will be very welcome and as many of the items reflect the biggest challenge of our times (notwithstanding Covid 19), I hope you might encourage other like-minded people to join us on this 34 day pilgrimage. 

Give Thanks to God for Human Brains,
(8.7.8.7 D) Suggested tune ‘Harvest Hymn’/ ‘Golden Sheaves’: ‘To Thee. O Lord, Our Hearts we Raise’) (Durham 3)

Give thanks to God for human brains,
Great gift of evolution,
Enabling us to find our ways
From problems to solutions.
Our brains let us communicate,
To think through fact or story,
Control our senses, move our limbs,
And comprehend God’s glory.

Give thanks to God for children’s brains
Which wonderfully develop;
First forming in their mothers’ wombs,
expanding as they grow up:  
This pattern builds a vital base,
With myriad brain cells forming. 
And in this phase, parental love
a child’s self-worth is forging.

Give thanks for youth with agile brains
who can bring new perceptions,
As neurons and synapses fire,
Suggesting fresh directions,
from those which were established by
their former generations,
and help society make sense
of rapid innovation.

Give thanks to God for brains mature
Which cope with complex matters,
In every human path of life,
that need considered answers:
they draw on information that
their full-grown brains can process
through electronic signalling
And chemical responses.


Give thanks to God that much research
Is focused on the ageing,
Whose brains can lose ability
As links and cells are failing.
With neuroscience opening up 
Much greater comprehension,
Maybe dementia’s sadnesses
Will soon be overtaken.

This is another hymn that stems from my term at St John’s College as a Visiting Fellow at the invitation of the Principal, Prof. David Wilkinson, astrophysicist, theologian and broadcaster.

This time enabled me to speak with scientists on their own subjects and frame some hymns and songs with the benefit of having one of the University staff cast their eye over my writing. For this particular hymn, I am indebted to Prof. Amanda Ellison in the Psychology Dept at the University for looking at the stages of the brain I selected to express thanksgiving, awe and wonder at the nature and development of the human brain.

Other hymns, songs and poems of faith and science can be found on this blog HERE

A celebration of all our senses can be found HERE

You might also like to reflect on the internationality of the potential contribution towards the stewardship of the earth from the Christian church globally by spending ten minutes listening to one of the many versions of ’The Blessing’ which have been published during Lockdown times. Today’s choice comes from Spain

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe
It is currently thought that the Universe has at least 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars! Hence the use of the word ‘scintilla’ for a mere ten thousand billion.

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)
Cross and Particle Accelerator. The words of 'A Prayer for Understanding' can be viewed by clicking on this image

Nebula (Embroidery)

Nebula (Embroidery)
Nebula (Embroidery) to accompany the poem 'Invitation' which can be found by clicking on the image.

Nativity Star (CGI)

Nativity Star (CGI)
Nativity Star: This image will link you to the collection of new Carols on this site. Also, the image can easily be copied onto an overhead acetate and used as a window decoration. Easy for children to achieve. Note the cross at the centre of the star.

Orange Galaxy

Orange Galaxy
'Orange Galaxy' posted to accompany 'Bounded and Boundless'. Go to the poem by clicking on the image.

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth
Cosmic Ikon 8: Moth Nebula(imagined-acrylic) The Gold field of deep space is intended to convey the Lordship of Christ over the whole of the Cosmos

Surprise garden rose (Photo)

Surprise garden rose (Photo)
This beautiful head of roses in our garden, which are giving off a delightful perfume in the morning sun, seems a fitting picture to link to the sonnet 'Evolution and Beauty'. Let the picture take you there. It is a surprise because it is growing high on a bush of otherwise pure yellow roses: amazing!

Cross and Vortex

Cross and Vortex
'Cross and Vortex' to accompany 'Stars and Planets Sing Your Glory'. Click on the image to go to the poem/hymn.

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)
Gaseous Cosmic Threads: Mixed media - acrylics and painted threads

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)
Warm Umbrian Hills: Click image to take you to the poem St Francis' Sky

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower
Cosmic Icon 7 - Summerflower Nebula (Acrylic)

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)
'Cosmic Labyrinth' - This icon is a symbol of the path through the near reaches of the Cosmos with its 'Havens' where current advances in science (2012/13) are celebrated. By clicking on the picture you will be taken to the latest version of the poem of the same name.

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)
Time, perhaps to consider a restorative break before the approach of Advent/ Christmas. Let this image take you to 'On Drawing Apart'.

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)
On the South shore of Iona is a bay which shows the industrial scarring of a beautiful place. Read of it by clicking on the picture

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)
The Imaginary Butterfly Nebula . Anything like this would be a real Curiosity! The image will link you to the reflection titled 'Curiosity' which is actually a celebration of the achievement of landing the Mars Rover of that name

Celtic cross candle (Photo)

Celtic cross candle (Photo)
Celtic Cross and candle' linked to the poem 'Awesome, Wonderful Creator'. Go to the poem by clicking on the image.

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)
'Light of the world' posted to accompany 'To Light'. Find the poem by clicking on the image.

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)
Iona from Fionnphort. At this point of the Isle of Mull, the end of a pilgrimage or trip to Iona is in sight. Click on this picture to take you to the poem 'IONA - The Pilgrim Way'

Calvary - Lifeblood of the Cosmos

Calvary - Lifeblood of the Cosmos
Calvary - Lifeblood of the Cosmos

My Mesh Mask for Radiotherapy

My Mesh Mask for Radiotherapy
This is the mask which was moulded to my face to ensure the radiotherapy I had in April 2017 was precisely targeted. You can read more by clicking on the image

Double Celebration

Double Celebration
Pam, who has been magnificent in caring for me since my Cancer diagnosis in October and I celebrate the end of Radiotherapy and our 36th Wedding Anniversary (Note the return of some hair!). Click on the image to read about the treatment - and waiting.

St Neots Sunset (Photo)

St Neots Sunset (Photo)
Surrounded by beauty: Whie 'Evolution and Beauty' became one of the most viewed poems on this blog, Pam, my wife took this gorgeous picture of a sunset over the flatlands of Cambridgeshire UK. Click on it to go to the poem

Gabriel - written/painted by Pam, my wife in 2015

Gabriel - written/painted by Pam, my wife in 2015
Gabriel began the Christmas story with his visit to Mary. The story is told in our Christmas collection in the Carol, Go to Nazareth My Great Messenger. Click on this image to take you there.

Maple Leaf Nebula (CGI)

Maple Leaf Nebula (CGI)
IMAGINARY IMAGE TO CELEBRATE CANADA DAY: Click on this his imaginary 'Maple Leaf Nebula' to take you to a poem entitled 'Nebula' (image not to be confused with NGC 2024, the Flame Nebula which is also known as the Maple Leaf)

Beauty in the Garden - June 2016

Beauty in the Garden - June 2016
Beauty in the Garden - June 2016

Aurora Imagined over Iona (Watercolour & pastel)

Aurora Imagined over Iona (Watercolour & pastel)
First posted here on Adomnan’s day (23rd September) 2015. An imagined natural phenomenom that could be seen to resonate mystically with the idea of Iona being a ‘thin place’ where heaven brushes earth.

Assisi Sunset

Assisi Sunset
Assisi Sunset

Thinking about the Brain

Thinking about the Brain
This image is formed from a small section of neural pathways posted by the Koch Institute, clipped, part inverted and stitched together. It is intended to impart a sense of our extensive, but still partial understanding of what goes on in that awesome part of our bodies, our brains. By clicking on the image, you will be taken to a celebratory poem/song ‘For Amazement by Beauty’ about all of our senses.

Source (CGI by Trevor Thorn)

Source (CGI by Trevor Thorn)
Source: Expand the image to reveal its heart

Good Friday Cross (CGI)

Good Friday Cross (CGI)
Let this image take you to 'O Dare I Gaze Upon The Cross'

Rainbow spiral (CGI)

Rainbow spiral (CGI)
'Rainbow Spiral' to accompany 'Darkness,Illuminator' . Find the poem by clicking on the iImagined mage

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)
Cross and simple prayer rope: make one like this to use as an aid to using ‘The Jesus Prayer'