Ah, ah, ah, ah, staying alive, staying alive!

Regular followers of my blog will know that it’s not uncommon for weeks (and even months) to go by without me posting anything. This is partially because I lack commitment, partially because I don’t always feel I have something worth saying here and partially cos I can be really really really quite busy. Anyway, just in case anyone was worried, I am still alive. However, I’ve learned that I quite possibly need to wake up a bit more in the mornings as there have been a few days when I have almost sleepily walked out in front of a moving car … not a good idea – especially given how people in Manchester drive!

Last week we had our Church Weekend Away which was superb. Justin Mote spoke on Genesis 4-11 and we were reminded about the enduring consistency and faithfulness of God’s character, that he is completely justified and right to judge human sin and yet he is incredibly merciful in delaying his final judgement and rescuing a people for himself. It was also great to spend time with people from across the 3 Plant congregations, meet new people, catch up with old friends … and play lots of guitar! We had an informal “Praise Jam” session on the Saturday evening (that’s jamming with Christian songs – and loads of people came to play or just sing along). That was great fun and something I want to repeat if possible – quite regularly!!! We also had an extended time of singing on Sunday morning which was really good – it’s not something we do that much at The Plant, and it was fun to get a bunch of really talented musicians together and have a really good go at some quality songs. In true Simon-esque style, I will give you a run-down of our play list. The basic idea was to go through the Gospel message in song …

You are holy – Marc Imboden & Tammi Rhoton
Two sins have we committed – Sam Chaplin
Consider Christ – Bryson Smith & Philip Percival
Be Thou My Vision – Mary E. Byrne & Eleanor H. Hull.
You are the Lord of creaton – The alternative words Matthew Dawkins and I wrote for “These are the days of Elijah”

It seemed to work really well, and always good to have a bit of fun musically with really good songs … so we did!

At the moment at work we are in what must be the busiest week of the year for the Coursework Receipting Office. This week alone we are expecting to take in 3,600 pieces of work. 1,746 of those are due today. This is not helped by our Database crashing and the extra demands to get the work ready for tutors to mark it …

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5 Responses to “Ah, ah, ah, ah, staying alive, staying alive!”


  1. 1 opentoesandals March 29, 2007 at 5:50 pm

    those songs were awesome! we should definitely do that at sunday@10 sometime! hope your Easter is suitably chilled – do you guys have alot of work over the vacations? tim

  2. 2 Brian Keegan February 27, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Hello Joe

    I have been asked about “Two sins have we committed – Sam Chaplin” a few times now and so have read it as a confession together as a congregation. I would prefer to sing a confession. CAn you please let me have the guitar chords for it?

    Regards
    Brian

    • 3 joebyrne January 31, 2013 at 9:28 am

      Hi Brian 🙂

      Sorry for the long delay – I’ve completely got out of the habit of checking this blog!

      Let me have your e-mail address and I can send you some music to look at.

      Cheers 🙂

      Joe

  3. 4 LyncJoubygync December 11, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Sorry for commenting Off-Topic – which wordpress theme do you use? It’s looking cool.


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