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Podcast by Ruach Breath of Life

    Monteverdi

    Monteverdi

    This wonderful piece of music is an instrumental version of Monteverdi’s setting of Psalm 127, one of the Songs of Ascent. Isn’t it beautiful to think that the season of Advent that we are just entering, is actually the season when we celebrate Christ Jesus, who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but emptied Himself and descended to Earth in human form?

    We are so grateful to the musicians who worked so hard to record this for us:
    Violins: Jonathan Lee, Shirley Richards, Rob Bilson, Amanda Bilson; Viola: Cathie Muncey, Christiane Max Cellos: Corinne Frost, Natalie Halliday, Rebecca Whettam; Woodwind: Julia Herzog (recorder); Mike Halliday (clarinet / sax); Trumpets: Anthony Thompson, Kevin Ashman. The players were directed by Andrew Whettam.

    The piece was recorded at Regents Bible College, Malvern, in 2018

    • 43 s
    From Monteverdi's Vespers

    From Monteverdi's Vespers

    Jesus,
    found in appearance as a man, humbled, obedient, dying . . .
    And so God exalted You to the highest place, gave You the name above all names.
    Every knee – in heaven and on earth and under the earth – every knee shall bow to You.
    Every tongue will confess that You are Lord
    And God our Father will be glorified.

    We are so grateful to the musicians who worked so hard to record this for us:
    Violins: Jonathan Lee, Shirley Richards, Rob Bilson, Amanda Bilson; Viola: Cathie Muncey, Christiane Max Cellos: Corinne Frost, Natalie Halliday, Rebecca Whettam; Woodwind: Julia Herzog (recorder); Mike Halliday (clarinet / sax); Trumpets: Anthony Thompson, Kevin Ashman. The players were directed by Andrew Whettam.

    The piece was recorded at Regents Bible College, Malvern, in 2018

    • 4 min
    Vivaldi Autumn

    Vivaldi Autumn

    As the UK enters a second period of lockdown, we offer this wonderful piece of music that Vivaldi wrote and which Francis Cummings plays for us on behalf of those who are suffering as a result of Covid – but equally for the way the Lord is dishonoured in society - and whatever other griefs people are needing to give expression to.

    • 3 min
    God is working His purpose out as year succeeds to year

    God is working His purpose out as year succeeds to year

    One evening recently the Lord spoke these words very clearly to me: ‘All that we do is nothing worth unless God bless the deed.’ The words are taken from a really great hymn, God is working His purpose out as year succeeds to year. The theme is based on the verse in Habakkuk about the Earth being filled with the knowledge (yada) of the glory (kavod) of God as the waters cover the sea. (Habakkuk 2:14)(1)

    Almost everyone I have shared this hymn with in the last couple of days has commented on how it has aroused distant echoes of what it means to them when they sang it at primary school. Well, the words will mean a great deal more to you now – but aren’t we blessed to have this repository of great hymns lodged deep down inside us? The tune (Benson) is a great one too.

    It is sad to think that the present generation will not have this precious and godly heritage to draw on in later years. Today's songs may be better packaged and highly attractive but I very much doubt that they will impact the heart and memory in quite the same way.

    Being so close to lockdown of course there is no way we could record this with live musicians, so for the first time in all our many years of partnership with us, we have had to work differently, with Colin taking a starting midi file for pipe organ, and then extracting the parts to turn them into musical instruments. What wonders of technology. We were greatly blessed that Carol was free to sing and record this special lockdown offering.

    Carol and Colin sing it beautifully, and we ended up including not only a Yamaha concert piano and strings, but also an oboe, a clarinet, a Chinese flute, an Irish harp, a Fender Rhodes, French horns, a trumpet, a tuba, a cymbal, and - most importantly of course - a recorder(!) (We discarded others that we tried, including a snare drum and set of bagpipes!)

    It goes without saying that the better the speakers you listen to this through the more you will be able to hear those parts.

    May the Lord bless you at time when so many are feeling stressed, anxious and sad, and when prayer and godly endurance has never been more important.

    1) Yada – ‘with the knowledge.’
    This is not the kind of knowledge once gains from studying text books; it means to know (properly, to ascertain by seeing); and is used in the Scriptures in a great variety of senses, figuratively, literally, euphemistically and inferentially; ‘to know from experience and relationship’ in other words. May the whole earth be filled with people experiencing God through ever deepening personal relationship.

    • 3 min
    The Vision of Glory: Spirit of Prayer 1 - track 1

    The Vision of Glory: Spirit of Prayer 1 - track 1

    The Spirit and the Bride say "Come"

    I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven.
    And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said,

    "Come up here, and I will show you what must take place."

    At once I was in the Spirit,
    and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it.
    And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian.

    As I looked, thrones were set in place,
    and the Ancient of Days took his seat.

    His clothing was as white as snow;
    the hair of his head was white like wool.

    His throne was flaming with fire,
    and its wheels were all ablaze.

    A river of fire was flowing,
    coming out from before His face.

    Thousands upon thousands attended Him;
    ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him.

    The court was seated,
    and the books were opened.
    Lord Jesus,
    This vision of You in Your glory
    takes me far beyond the trite and shallow,
    Your voice is like the sound of rushing waters,
    and Your face like the sun shining in all its brilliance.

    You have opened the door
    for me to come into Your exalted courts
    to hear what Your Spirit exhorts;
    for this is where the real decisions are made
    as Your saints and angels gather round Your throne.

    Come, all you who are thirsty,
    come to the waters;
    and you who have no money,
    come, buy and eat!

    Why spend money on what is not bread,
    and your labour on what does not satisfy?
    Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
    and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.

    (Isaiah 55:1-2)

    • 2 min
    The Pool of Bethesda: Spirit of Prayer part 1 track 2

    The Pool of Bethesda: Spirit of Prayer part 1 track 2

    Music by Linda Louisa

    Come up higher to seek My face;
    it is not chance that has brought you to this place,
    and I am waiting to meet You here.



    High and mighty one,
    You place Your hand on us and call us secret warriors.

    You pour out anointing oil from Your flask,
    and appoint us for a season to specific tasks.

    It is here in your courts that I see how You hold
    all things together by Your sovereignty –
    and the profound and perfect interconnectedness
    of Your plans and purposes.

    And just as You move the seasons forward,
    so Your guidance comes successively
    as and when we need to know it.

    Lord Your Word reminds us that all things are ours (1 Cor 3:21)
    whatever we do or do not own;
    Establish in us the balance between simple spontaneity
    and profound inner order.

    Place us in teams and trysting places where we can develop
    the strategies that will best direct and envelop our days,
    and cause the Spirit of prayer to draw near
    .


    When condemnation snags my soul,
    restrain my fears and lift me to a higher plane again.

    Remove the shackles of my fear:
    the overweight of former years,
    and the shock of heavy stumbling blocks;
    for You delight to gather a mighty harvest
    from even our simplest prayers.

    You love to see us immersing all we do,
    and everyone You lead us to,
    in the light that comes from You.

    In all things we extend earnest prayer,
    wrapped in the fragrance of thanksgiving.

    Release afresh the freedom of the Spirit’s tears
    in the spirit of eternal prayer.

    Overcome the peril of false attachments,
    until we truly want what You most want;
    for You miss us when we put anyone or anything ahead of You.


    As we crystallise Your victories on this home run
    we celebrate the battles You have won;
    and when we fall and stumble,
    help us not to crumble but to start again;
    for Your ability to forgive
    is so much greater than ours to fail.

    Ancient of Days, we rejoice in these moments You accord,
    when You direct seeming coincidences from the centre of Your throne;
    initiatives that love alone interprets and inspires,
    that lead toward Your throne.
    The writer to the Hebrews reminds us that we have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. We’ve come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect – and to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant.

    I am with you today Lord Jesus, by the pool of Bethesda
    and You delight to share this time in the cool of the day
    not just to prepare me for some coming trial,
    but because even in the thick of the action
    You seek companions who share and understand Your heart.

    I am with you today, Lord Jesus, by the pool of Bethesda
    and I need no angel to trouble the water on behalf of Your daughter,
    for the King of Kings has placed springs within my soul.



    Lord of the still calm waters of this healing pool,
    You surround me with a love
    that confounds all hostile stares
    rescues me from deadly snares,
    and gives me the grace to endure in tribulation
    as in wealth
    – and a peace that passes understanding,
    which the world can neither give nor take away.

    • 6 min

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