Friday, 14 April 2017

Waiting for Tenebrae

Waiting for Tenebrae

The Easter garden is garish and warm
                With the scent of 30 burning church candles
And it is all the better for it

Countless potted plants
Touch the shadows
With rich hues
Pale pinks
And red
                White
                And butter yellow blooms
In a forest of green stems

This side chapel steeped
                In dancing candle flicker
                Caresses the darkness
                Shadows convulsing in response

This brick formed chapel
Sings of light and
                Life in the midst
                Of dark

As candles run down
We wait
In a sea of
Claustrophobic blackness
A darkness that will deepen
As in time
All but one candle
Is extinguished

And then
Even that solitary candle
Will
In its time

Be overcome by the darkness

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

When Darkness Reigns

Here is a bit of a work in progress for Maundy Thursday, derived from Luke 22:53, it hasn't been possible to complete it in time for Maundy Thursday, but I'll be spending the odd moment on it in the days to come. 








Friday, 17 March 2017

A People

A People

We are a people
Called to live as a people
People loved
People hoping
People cherishing
People supporting
People seeking treasure
And finding it in each neighbour’s voice

With every passing day the neighbourhood grows
Richer in colour
More vibrant
Verdant hues
Sights
Smells
Tastes

Sharp contrasts aren’t smoothed
Out to grey
Instead they are held
Cherished
Embraced

Fingerprints of who we are
Mark shared walls and railings

In our difference
We are truly found
Brought alive
Enriched

The neighbourhood sings
New songs
Songs rising up
From long-silenced hearts

The neighbourhood is alive
And we its people are united
In imagination
In longing
Held by mutuality
Connected by our breath

Breath that is not ours
But gifted
Gifted by the Three in One
Who pitches a tent
Enfolding all in love

We are
This people
A people
All people
Gathering together

Holding on to truths we
See played out each day

Envisaging a new reality taking root

Dreaming with the neighbourhood

For the flourishing of all 

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Frail Fractions, Disrupted By Colour and Light

I've had a music project in the background for the last 18 months or so. Called Disrupted by Colour and Light, I'm building up a set of videos and music tracks. Here's one of them. It was a rough draft so some of the screen ratio is a bit off-kilter, but it does what it needs to do. Have a look.


video

Saturday, 25 February 2017

40thoughts for Lent 2017

Here are the thoughts for Lent 2017. As with 2016. Sunday is not included.
Use them if they are of use. Don't if they are not!