Category: In Isolation

  • In Isolation: April 9, “Lullaby for Judas”

    An introduction to this “In Isolation” blog series appears at the top of the March 22 post. Fair warning: There’s nothing light in today’s post. So, if you’re seeking something to lift your ‘sick-and-tired-of-isolation’ mood, this probably isn’t it. Yesterday I found myself thinking about Judas. A lot. His role in the story is a […]

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  • In Isolation: April 8, “Stay with Us”

    An introduction to this “In Isolation” blog series appears at the top of the March 22 post. I’m late getting today’s entry uploaded. Among a host of other tasks, today I uploaded reflections from Walter Farquharson about “Stay with Us” to which I’ve written some introductory comments. I urge readers to visit the song at […]

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  • In Isolation: April 7, “O God, to You I Cry in Pain”

    An introduction to this “In Isolation” blog series appears at the top of the March 22 post. Hearts in windows and taped to doors were far more visible today as we walked down the centre of our neighbourhood streets. No cars, so why not? To say nothing of how utterly rebellious or adolescent it felt. […]

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  • In Isolation: April 6, “Friends, Let Us Love Each Other”

    An introduction to this “In Isolation” blog series appears at the top of the March 22 post. We’ve just entered what may be the darkest ‘Holy Week’ that most of us will ever encounter. Most Holy Weeks are squeezed in amongst all the mundane trappings of our lives. Few of us really ‘get’ the feelings […]

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  • In Isolation: April 5, “Come Into the Streets with Me”

    An introduction to this “In Isolation” blog series appears at the top of the March 22 post. Wow! It’s Palm Sunday and I’m not playing a processional! Truth be told, I was always glad I was a musician on this day because it meant I didn’t have to stroll around the perimeter of the sanctuary […]

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  • In Isolation: April 4, 2020, “Renewing Our Spirits”

    An introduction to this “In Isolation” blog series appears at the top of the March 22 post. It is fairly common practice that, when hymnbooks are assembled, the selected song and hymn titles are determined by the first line of the text. There is good justification for this on numerous counts. However, I believe that […]

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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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