Some time ago my wife recorded a CD with 12 tracks of improvised piano music titled "A MOMENT IN TIME". Each track was composed (while she was playing) and all the tracks were recorded in the one session. I think it's an amazingly inspired collection for personal reflection, contemplation, healing or worship. Some people who have been ill in hospital have found this music very soothing. I have recently posted this on YouTube and added some of my photos.
My Advent Leaf
Lowly leaf, still, beside the bush track
so scarred, deformed, and common place –
Yet your hollows and hues
draw me to kneel and look at you.
Now lifted, I notice a deeper design in this delicate gum.
As Advent begins, I’m reminded of Mary and Joseph
labouring along the Galilee trail to Bethlehem. –
Two humble souls, though sidelined and shamed
remain resolute, faithful, and grateful.
God’s plan may seem so flawed to some
but this devoted pair soon delight to hold the perfect “Promised One”!
As I cradle my fragile “Advent Leaf”
I’m reminded I need to stop; to welcome and worship
the “Creator King” who has come and who has seen
my sin -stained life and still loves me…
truly, completely, forever.
(c) Don Stott Dec 3 2022
First give each child a deflated balloon. Each time the leader pauses in the following prayer invite the children to blow gently into their balloons. Get them to hold them carefully but not tie them.
Now say this prayer ( or use your own), pausing at the end of each line.
" Thank you, God, that you are with us always.
Thank you for the Holy Spirit, who gives us power to live our lives for you.
Help us to follow you this week and to do the things you want us to do at home, at school, and with our friends."
Finally invite the children to call out "Thank you God!" and let their balloons go. You may like to give them another balloon to blow up and take home. Write on it in 'texta' pen, 'God is with me."( As a reminder of God's presence and power for them this week).
Don Stott- 'Aussie' teacher, pastor and children's worker.