I hope you enjoyed last week's activities. I went on a "safari" in the countryside near to where I live and although I didn't spot any of the wild flowers on the sheet, I did spot some wildlife and it certainly made me appreciate how lucky we are to have such beautiful and peaceful places right on our doorstep!
Can you spot the heron?
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This week we will be looking at the Bible story about two disciples walking back from Jerusalem to their home in Emmaus. They are in despair about the death of Jesus. Jesus appears and walks beside them, but they do not recognise him.
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Ruth's Music Spot
Jesus put this song into our hearts – Here’s a song we’ve all enjoyed singing. It gets faster in the last verse and then you can ‘la’ along, with plenty of opportunity for dancing. It’s not very new as it was written in the 1980s by Graham Kendrick, but compared with the choice of ‘old hymn’ it certainly is!
Be thou my vision – The words of this hymn go back to the 8th century when an Irish monk wrote a poem in honour of St. Patrick. This was translated into English at the beginning of the 20th century and shortly after turned into 5 verses, which, when combined with an old Irish folk tune, became the hymn we sing today. The tune is known as ‘Slane’ in the hymn book and apparently this comes from the name of the hill in County Meath, Ireland, where in the 5th century, St. Patrick is said to have lit an Easter fire, despite being forbidden by the king. Fortunately for St. Patrick, the king, who wasn’t a Christian, was impressed with this defiance rather than angry and allowed him to preach the gospel in Ireland. It is a flowing melody, moving at a steady pace. The repeated notes, a gradual rise reaching the highest point briefly and by step in the third line then settling back comfortably at the end, all combine to give the tune a serenity that seems to fit well with the personal, prayerful tone of the words.
For a ‘church’ version try St. Columba’s, Drumcliffe, Ireland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3ON2Oot7qg
For a Celtic folk experience, with lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CMclLT_Hjg