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Dream dreams, pursue visions May 30, 2009

Posted by Andy in Recent Sermons.
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Here’s my Pentecost Sunday closing benediction for tomorrow. Cannot remember where I found it, but I quite like it:

Go out into the world, and labour to bring forth new life. Dream dreams, pursue visions and speak of God’s goodness in the words of those who would hear. And may the God who breathed life into creation be your delight. May Christ Jesus give hope to your dreaming, and may the Holy Spirit, your advocate and supporter, set your hearts ablaze with a passion for peace. We go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

Stretch and grow tall May 30, 2009

Posted by Andy in Family.
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The family sunflower competition has now begun in earnest. Who will win the coveted prize for tallest plant by the end of the summer? I have the disadvantage of having the smallest pot with less soil (the green one on the left). I have the double disadvantage that one of my dear girls (was it Emilia?) managed to drop my seeds out of the pot a few days ago. If you read this don’t tell my lovely girls that I’ve just read a good tip from a gardening website. Apparently if you use a nitrogen-based fertiliser followed by potash (tomato food) when the buds begin to appear then the sunflower will reach an even greater height. Oooo, I feel the urge! May the best flower win! We’ve all got a tough challenge ahead if we want to beat our joint effort last year (below).

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Esther should meet Larry Mullen May 14, 2009

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Conversation at dinner time tonight…

Daddy: “Emilia, what instrument would you like to learn to play when you are a bit older?”

Emilia (in quiet, reflective mode): “Mmmm, I like the piano”

Daddy: “And what about you Esther?”

Esther (with all the audacity and supreme confidence a little 2 year old could ever muster): “THE DRUMS!!!!!!!”

Suppose I’ll have to introduce her to Larry Mullen, the drummer from U2, one day. He plays with finesse and poise, although you wouldn’t have guessed from his recent description of drumming:

Drumming is a visceral, violent discipline and for those who are not specialized in the field, like me (I am a street drummer, I have had a few lessons here and there), there is nothing romantic about this relationship. It is pure violence and that is the way I like to have it!

“The system is in crisis” May 14, 2009

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storyofstuffI’ve just watched a fascinating 20 minute documentary called The Story of Stuff. It goes through the life span of a product and calls upon our world to become less consumeristic and more content with what we have. That way, we are better stewards of the earth and better companions for each other.

Watch and be inspired: The Story of Stuff