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  • In Isolation: April 3, Four hymns for when children are leaving worship

    An introduction to this “In Isolation” blog series appears at the top of the March 22 post. Today’s hymn offering is actually a set of four — four short songs with words by Fred Kaan. Written when he served at Central Ecumenical Church in Swindon, England, they were intended to be used at the time […]

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  • In Isolation: April 2, “A Hymn on Holy Rest”

    An introduction to this “In Isolation” blog series appears at the top of the March 22 post. Following up on the very first of these In Isolation entries (“Simply to Be”) which appeared on March 22, it felt like a good idea to focus on ‘rest’. Ironically, we are finding that this forced isolation has […]

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  • In Isolation: April 1, “Would You Bless Our Homes and Families”

    An introduction to this “In Isolation” blog series appears at the top of the March 22 post. A new subscriber signed on to the site who, unwittingly, inspired today’s hymn/poem. This new member of the Musiklus family is from Singapore and the very first title they chose to download was “Would You Bless Our Homes […]

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  • In Isolation: March 31, “Dream a Dream”

    An introduction to this “In Isolation” blog series appears at the top of the March 22 post. I don’t know why. I found myself playing the melody of “Dream a Dream” late last night before calling it a day. There is something about both the simplicity and the depth of Shirley Murray’s words which move […]

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  • In Isolation: March 30, “Young Apple Trees”

    An introduction to this “In Isolation” blog series appears at the top of the March 22 post. As I watch and listen to reports of the frightening spread of the virus, I am thinking about all the people whose tomorrow is filled with uncertainty. The quote in this illustration is arguably attributed to Martin Luther […]

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  • In Isolation: March 29, “I Am”

    An introduction to this “In Isolation” blog series appears at the top of the March 22 post. One of my long-time favourite titles among the pieces I’ve created with John Oldham is “I Am”. The music has a light bluesy feel to it which seemed to suit the text. The tune came very quickly and […]

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  • In Isolation: March 28, “Flowers Will Bloom in the Desert”

    An introduction to this “In Isolation” blog series appears at the top of the March 22 post. I have often thought about the wonderful metaphorical imagery of flowers growing in the desert. People who have witnessed the ‘explosion’ of desert flowers as a super bloom, a predictable seasonal event, or following an unexpected rain nearly […]

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  • In Isolation: March 27

    An introduction to this “In Isolation” blog series appears at the top of the March 22 post. A Letter to the Brechinites March 27, 2020 But I digress… While preparing Wednesday’s “In Isolation” item on the subject of laughter, I couldn’t get this image out of my mind. Some know it as the “laughing Jesus” or […]

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  • In Isolation: March 26, “An Evening Hymn”

    An introduction to this “In Isolation” blog series appears at the top of the March 22 post. Evening in Plymouth, a port city in Devon, southwest England Fred Kaan (1929-2009) was born in The Netherlands, but offered most of his ministry in England and Switzerland. The Pilgrim Church in Plymouth presented him with one of […]

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  • In Isolation: March 25, “Give to Us Laughter”

    An introduction to this “In Isolation” blog series appears at the top of the March 22 post. Today’s message was inspired by Walter Farquharson and David Fearon, two retired United Church ministers. Below, I’ve included some of Walter’s comments about the song “Give To Us Laughter” from my website. David frequently sends out strings of […]

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