What I'm reading; what I'm working on; what musical ideas I am passionate about. It's a forum to share my thoughts on more than just music. It's about the sounds, the people, and the experiences that inspire me, every day, to do what I love. "Enriching people's lives with music."
"Let Christmas not become a thing
Merely of merchant's trafficking,
Of tinsel, bell and holly wreath
And surface pleasure, but beneath
The childish glamour, let us find
Nourishment for soul and mind.
Let us follow kinder ways
Through our teeming human maze,
And help the age of peace to come
From a Dreamer's martyrdom."
universal joy of Christmas is certainly wonderful. We ring the bells
when princes are born, or toll a mournful dirge when great men pass
away. Nations have their red-letter days, their carnivals and
festivals, but once in the year and only once, the whole world stands
still to celebrate the advent of a life."
to week two of this Advent season! For our 2011 – 2012 journey
from Advent to Epiphany, I have put together a weekly series of
devotionals that is enhanced by Anglican prayer beads. Each devotion
in the series will follow a typical Anglican prayer beads pattern
that I have written to include a favorite hymn of the season. If
you have just joined us and want to start from the beginning here's
So take a moment to reflect on today's message of Peace.
beginning at the cross of your prayer beads, we say a prayer that
sets the tone for our prayer session.
the God of Peace be with you (me).”
to the invitatory bead as we say a prayer that invites God's Holy
“Let me hear what the LORD
God says, because he speaks peace to his people and to his
to the first of four cruciform beads. The prayers for these beads
act as a kind of refrain.
“Thou hidden source of calm repose, thou all-sufficient love divine”
to the first set of weeks beads on either side of the first cruciform
bead. There are 7 ofthese
weeks beads, representing the 7 days of the week to encourage us to
make our prayer a daily practice. These beads are at the core of our
My help and refuge from my foes, secure I am if thou art mine;
Thy mighty name salvation is, and keeps my happy soul,
Comfort it brings, and power and peace, and joy and everlasting
To me with thy dear name are given pardon and holiness and heaven. 5.
Jesus, my all in all thou art, my rest in toil, my ease in pain,
In war my peace, in loss my gain, in shame my glory and my crown. 7.
In want my plentiful supply, in weakness my almighty power,
*Special thanks to these online resources who helped me pull this together.