Avril at Romsey

… and Lancefield and Riddells Creek and Mount Macedon

In a doxological mood …

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise God, all creatures here below;
Praise God above, ye Heavenly Host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Thomas Ken

and also:

From all that dwell below the skies
let faith and hope with love arise;
let beauty, truth, and good be sung
through every land, by every tongue.

Curtis W. Reese

But remembering:

My fellow citizens in the realm of God,
today we celebrate the only ruler
to whom we can give undivided loyalty:
Jesus of Nazareth, Christ the king!

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
who has visited and redeemed our people
and lifted up the trumpet of salvation,
that being liberated, we might serve God without fear
with holiness and justice all the days of our life.

Through the tender mercy of our God
the Dawn Light from on high visited us,
to guide our feet in the way of peace.

Bruce Prewer


November 25, 2007 - Posted by | Life, etc.


  1. I’ve been mostly “Oh, what a beautiful morning, oh, what a beautiful day,” today.

    I’ve gone off Prewer in the last year, but that one is good and true.

    Comment by Heidi (Stabb) :-) | November 25, 2007 | Reply

  2. If he’s that good, why bother praising him? Only fear as a motivation….

    “and also:”

    singing by every tongue will require some forced onversions, no? Off to sack Jerusalem?

    “but remembering”

    that in worship there is freedom…to serve.

    Blargh. I’ll take my freedom actually um.. be free.

    🙂 PS Avril your lamp is now sporting a charming greens bumber sticker: Africa YES Kevin Andrews NO!

    PPS How Menzies-esque was the Ruddster at Church this morning. Strange how someone tipped off the media….

    Comment by Alex | November 25, 2007 | Reply

  3. Oh Alex!

    She’s so good that praise is a natural response. Come on, don’t tell me you haven’t been singing since Saturday night! Happiness leads to songs of praise.

    You don’t think that “beauty, truth and good” should be sung be everyone, of any faith and no faith? That’s a Unitarian doxology, so no forced conversions from them.

    One of the most exciting parts of the “wider ecumenism” that many parts of the church are involved in is sharing what unites us with people of other faiths and even young atheists. Like the UCA hosting an end of Ramadan feast in the Synod building. So, uniting in sharing faith, hope, love, beauty, truth and good – no plans to sack Jerusalem needed.

    Freedom to serve – well, yeah, that’s what I think freedom is. Freedom to love God and my neighbour as myself. Basis of my life. You knew that, surely? Hey, you’ve benefited from it!

    Glad to hear about my lamp’s new decoration. Only question is, when do I get my lamp back?

    Comment by avrilhj | November 25, 2007 | Reply

  4. Can’t say I’ve been singing since Saturday. Watching one centre party replaced by another is just so boring!

    Comment by Pete | November 25, 2007 | Reply

  5. When you bloody come and visit.

    Comment by Alex | November 26, 2007 | Reply

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