MOST RECENT POSTS

In this column you will find the most recent posts unless you have selected a specific poem, meditation or collection/index in which case that single item will appear here.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Glory in the Night Sky (Meditation for a Stargazer).

Spiral Galaxy: Credit NASA

I have been drawn
into the pathways of the stars,
where planets spin their orbits*
in the weft of time and space,
to glimpse a tiny portion
of the beauty of the universe.
Brimful with wonder, I’ll extol 
those matchless cosmic glories
of our great Creator’s grace.

*We now know that many, many stars
have planets around them (exo-planets
when outside our solar system). In 2017 
more are being discovered almost daily.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Creationtide (With Order of Service 2017)

NASA’s exquisite ‘Blue Marble’
 image of earth from space

Last Sunday was the first Sunday in September and also the first Sunday of ‘Creationtide'. I was due to lead  Morning Worship in one of ‘our’ three Anglican parishes. The congregation was not likely to be large and would be predominantly over 65. I particularly wanted to celebrate the season which incorporates themes that are dear to my heart as is evident from even a cursory reading of this blog. But I was not at all sure a fresh service order with unfamiliar concepts and unfamiliar words would be appreciated.

I need not have worried! The enthusiasm was palpable. I was thanked in several different ways for a ‘very thought-provoking service’. One parishioner, with a nephew who has left his home church as he fears he cannot be a scientist and a church member, asked for my sermon notes and took away the service sheet to send on to him. I pray that together they might help to encourage him to re-think that decision: that is now in God’s hands. It is with considerable gratitude that I believe some of that congregation went home actually excited by the themes!

So with that hugely encouraging experience, I offer below the service order and would encourage any Ministers or worship leaders to consider adapting it to encourage their fellowship members to become serious about caring for this wonderful planetary home we share by the grace of our most generous and gracious God - Lord of the entire cosmos.

Click on each page in turn to achieve a more easily readable version. Electronic copies of the service order in ‘Word’ to allow it to be changed can be requested from me at trevimeditate@gmail.com

Service Order









 

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Eclipse.

I wish I could have been there! But that would have been very expensive and time-consuming. However, it was possible to merge my vivid recollections of the near-total eclipse we experienced in the UK Midlands in August 1999 with the  excitement conveyed by several videos of this month’s eclipse. That combination made this a pleasure to write
  Keon Gibson, an intern for the National Centre 
for Atmospheric Research, 
shot the moment of totality through a telescope 
atop Casper Mountain, Wyo., on August 21. 
The corona stretches around the moon-blocked sun.
Image from Science News website 21 August 2017

Those who witnessed it
said it was like nothing else!
No photograph nor video
(and there were very many)
did justice, they said,
to the 2minutes and 40 seconds
of sheer wonderment,
surprise and joy
at the reliably predicted
cosmic spectacle.

Thankfully it was a clear day
over the terrain
that was fortunate enough
to lie within in its path.
So huge numbers of the intrigued,
the informed and the curious
were able to be enraptured
by that brief, astonishing,
daytime darkness.

Came the precisely appointed time;
A voracious moon
ate silently into
that far more powerful light-giver
and beautifully, temporarily overwhelmed it.
All around grew dimmer and dimmer.

Birds quietened,
as the human observers would have done
had they not been so excited!
(Historically it would have been terror
that dominated the response;
but we are a knowing people
who can prepare ourselves
for these rare dramas
in pre-determined places).

Howling dogs
made for an eeriness
which, if we were less informed,
would add to a palpable fear
that the world was about to end.

But knowing the darkness would pass,
we could revel in amazement
that the orbits, the relative sizes and distances
of our star, planet and moon
gave rise to this glorious phenomenon
of the sun’s prominences,
seen edging the moon
with the splendour
of disinhibited dance.

Then all too soon, totality passed. But wait,
another spectacle follows in its wake:
a fresh burst of incandescence announces
the sun’s reassertion of its life-giving rôle.

Comes forth a celestial diamond ring,
blazing as no earthly jewel ever can.
More glory!
Then as the dark disc moves away
there are moments to reflect anew
on the multitude of extraordinary attributes
that make this ‘blue marble’ planet of ours
so exquisitely benign,
and give the Creator praise!


Friday, 25 August 2017

Good Stewardship? A Challenge to Churches

For some time this possibility for older churches seemed to have the insuperable problem that solar panels would never be allowed on a Grade I or II listed building. No longer! There are panels on Grade I listed churches and even on a Cathedral. Hence the poem/shallenge below

Good Stewardship?

Every day,
powerful rays of the sun
rain down
on a multitude,
of passive,            
south-facing
church roofs.

Could those barren acres
be converted into
fruitful energy providers? 
Thus, of good stewardship, 
rendering proof.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Praise God for Wonders Deep in Space.



Image from ‘The Birth, Life and Death of Stars'
at Remote Sensing @CES
Praise God for Wonders Deep in Space.

Praise God for wonders, deep in space:  
For mighty constellations,
Which mark the passage of the year
As earth makes its gyrations
Around the sun, whose heat and light
Sustain all life around us;
But only through protective spheres, 
Which thankfully surround us.

Praise God for beauty all around
With joy and great thanksgiving:
So many animals and plants
With diverse ways of living,
Midst verdant valleys, mighty hills
and in life-giving waters.
Yes! Much for us to thank God for,
As treasured sons and daughters.

Praise God, who full of grace and peace,
Sent Christ on earth to save us
From sin and death and darkness, which
So swiftly overtake us.
So come and worship Him, our Lord,
Whose generous gifts uphold us
On this benign and glorious globe,
Which bountifully enfolds us.

Can be sung to the tune ‘Golden Sheaves'

Find other hymns and songs about Faith and Science Here




Saturday, 22 July 2017

Reflection on the Gold of an Ikon.

I have spent the last week at Launde Abbey alongside a group of Ikon painters, including Pam, my wife. They have been creating ikons under the expert instruction of Peter Murphy. Early in the week, Peter expressed some thoughts about the provenance of, and theology behind the gold iconographers use. Some of his ideas resonated strongly with my enthusiasm to weave faith and science themes together, and resulted in the poem which follows this photo of the dramatic Ikon of John the Baptist which Pam produced (with Peter’s very helpful and skilful interventions).

Reflection on the Gold of an Ikon.

I know not the breadth of the ikon,
Though I’m seized by its radiant gold.
See! A hallmark of heaven’s bright image,
Lasting joy for the eye to behold.

Gold can sometime be washed into rivers,
Though it’s mined from the deep veins of earth,
And because of its lustre and scarceness
Is the metal of mightiest worth.

It was forged in the heat of a starburst,
Which drove atoms to newly align;
With light elements forced into richness,
Then entombed as the earth grew benign.

Prayerful artists of sanctity realized,
They could draw on this gift of the mine,
To betoken the aura of heaven,
Where earth's gently brushed by the divine.

Friday, 21 July 2017

'Now The Earth is Spinning': Sing of God and Science Song to The Queen of The County Down

Let the children sing!
Ninth (and final) in the series of ‘ Sing of God and Science’ songs from Ely cathedral - ’Now The Earth is Spinning'


Find another eight ‘Sing of God and Science’ song video-clips at http://bit.ly/2tZyC8L 

And eleven more scores and words at http://crossandcosmos.blogspot.co.uk/p/blog-page.html

All songs in these two series are covered by Creative Commons Licence

Thursday, 20 July 2017

I Believe: Lots of reasons to believe - in this NEW song of God and science

Let the children sing!
Eighth in the series of ‘ Sing of God and Science’ songs from Ely cathedral - ‘I Believe'

Find another eight ‘Sing of God and Science’ song video-clips at http://bit.ly/2tZyC8L 

And eleven more scores and words at http://crossandcosmos.blogspot.co.uk/p/blog-page.html

All songs in these two series are covered by Creative Commons Licence

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

‘Creation’: I see the moon, I see the stars, I see the planets, Saturn and Mars...I want to thank you Lord for these

Let the children sing!
Seventh in the series of ‘ Sing of God and Science’ songs from Ely cathedral - ‘Creation'




Find another eight ‘Sing of God and Science’ song video-clips at http://bit.ly/2tZyC8L 

And eleven more scores and words at http://crossandcosmos.blogspot.co.uk/p/blog-page.html

All songs in these two series are covered by Creative Commons Licence

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Garden Benedicite

A pause from the song sequence (which will resume tomorrow) to celebrate the privilege of having a week at magnificent Launde Abbey to concentrate on writing. Sitting in the garden on a warm summer day, yesterday, I wrote:

Garden Benedicite
For the exquisitely varied patterns of the flight of different birds,
Lord, I give you thanks and praise.

For the vibrant hues that adorn the delicate wings of butterflies,
Lord, I give you thanks and praise.

For the plethora of insects that drift or fly purposefully through the air,
Lord, I give you thanks and praise.

For the gloriously variegated shades of green and bronze that clothe the trees of summer,
Lord, I give you thanks and praise.

For the sometimes gnarled and sometimes smooth barks of diverse trees,
Lord, I give you thanks and praise.

For the multitude of different grasses to be found in banks and meadows,
Lord, I give you thanks and praise.

For the fascinating shapes and colours of gorgeous and homely flowers which invite insects to revel in their pollen,
Lord, I give you thanks and praise.

For the cereals, seeds, fruits, nuts and vegetables that provide sustenance for us and for the animals,
Lord, I give you thanks and praise.

For the winds that scatter the air and send transient clouds scudding across the vastness of the infinite sky,
Lord, I give you thanks and praise.

For the countless stars that make the night sky a dazzling curtain of jewels,
Lord, I give you thanks and praise.

For the unfathomable mysteries of the deep vaults of space and time,
Lord, I give you thanks and praise

For all the known and unknown diversity of your amazing universe,
Lord, I give you thanks and praise.

Other Beauty of Creation/ Wonders of The Universe poems on this blog can be found HERE







Monday, 17 July 2017

The Wonders of the World are in the Eye of the Beholder, Our Almighty Lord Guides Our Way... Another NEW Science and Faith song

Let the children sing!
Sixth in the series of ‘ Sing of God and Science’ songs from Ely cathedral - ‘Power of Nature'


Find another eight ‘Sing of God and Science’ song video-clips at http://bit.ly/2tZyC8L 

And eleven more scores and words at http://crossandcosmos.blogspot.co.uk/p/blog-page.html

All songs in these two series are covered by Creative Commons Licence

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Another morning. Another miracle, Light returns and life goes on. Another NEW Science and Faith song

Let the children sing!
Fifth in the series of ‘ Sing of God and Science’ songs from Ely cathedral - 'Endless Love'

Find another eight ‘Sing of God and Science’ song video-clips at http://bit.ly/2tZyC8L 

And eleven more scores and words at http://crossandcosmos.blogspot.co.uk/p/blog-page.html

All songs in these two series are covered by Creative Commons Licence

Friday, 14 July 2017

Sing it Loud and Sing it Proud, Science Theories All Around, God The One Who Made The Earth...

Fourth in a series of songs from ‘Sing of God and Science’


Find other eight ‘Sing of God and Science’ song video-clips at http://bit.ly/2tZyC8L 

And eleven more scores and words at http://crossandcosmos.blogspot.co.uk/p/blog-page.html

All songs in these two series are covered by Creative Commons Licence

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Our Tiny Earth Revolving Around Our Sun Today, Is part of God’s great universe...

Let the children sing 3




Third in a series of songs from ‘Sing of God and Science’

Find other eight ‘Sing of God and Science’ song video-clips at http://bit.ly/2tZyC8L 

And eleven more scores and words at http://crossandcosmos.blogspot.co.uk/p/blog-page.html

All songs in these two series are covered by Creative Commons Licence

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

God’s Masterplan: From Dinosaurs to DNA...

Let the children sing 2




Second in a series of songs from ‘Sing of God and Science’

Find other eight ‘Sing of God and Science’ song video-clips at http://bit.ly/2tZyC8L 

And eleven more scores and words at http://crossandcosmos.blogspot.co.uk/p/blog-page.html

All songs in these two series are covered by Creative Commons Licence

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

How Did I Get Here? How Diid I Get to be Me?

Let The Children Sing 1



First in a series of songs from ‘Sing of God and Science’


Find other ‘Sing of God and Science’ song sequences at http://bit.ly/2tZyC8L 


And eleven more scores and words at http://crossandcosmos.blogspot.co.uk/p/blog-page.html


All songs in these two series are covered by Creative Commons Licence



Friday, 23 June 2017

NEW Companion You -Tube Video Channel starts

A ‘SCIENTISTS IN CONGREGATIONS’ PROJECT
Today is a very special day! It brings us to the second major milestone of our ‘Sing of God and Science’ project - the opening of a companion You-Tube channel with the videos of nine Church of England primary schools presenting original songs, written in the schools themselves. The schools and songs are all in the Cambridge/ Ely/ Peterborough/ Wisbech area and are:
Bury: Creation
Bourne: God's Masterplan
Anthony Curton/ Tilney: Sing it Loud
Elm: Endless Love

St Andrew’s Soham: I Believe
Buckden: How did I get here
St Peter’s: Our Tiny Earth Revolving
St Luke’s; And the Earth is Spinning
St Botolphs, Orton Longueville:  Power of Nature

You can find the site at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQO_aAvJumbBZibbDtzMUGw (OR, If you want to write it down, maybe http://bit.ly/2tZyC8L is easier! )
and by looking at it, liking it and maybe even subscribing, you will undoubtedly encourage the 300 children who took part and the teachers who led the initiative in each of the schools. Thank you for any support you feel you can give.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Seals Off Lindisfarne (A Care of our Planet poem)


Back on Lindisfarne after 2 years and enjoying 
a view of sandbanks at low tide from the lounge
window! Image originally from Bird of Passage 2012
blog - to whom many thanks for an illustration that
admirably suits this poem.

.
Seals Off Lindisfarne.
The solemn song of several colonies of seals
floats over low water,
borne to the island
on bracing mainland winds.

This symphony of creation;
we, a twenty-first century audience,
with our wide-ranging knowledge,
its meaning, still cannot comprehend.

The ancients would have vested
powerful understandings
in the patterns of the song.
A well-populated sonorous sandbank
at full summer moon, an omen.
An unexpected absence of singing,
a tale to build through winters, long.

Then monks with sea-going ways
would rejoice as these, God’s creatures
rendered their unique praise.

And here we stand,
mesmerised by the tide’s plash,
near-bank splashes,
and the shimmering alto choir,
wondering, ‘Will these song-blessed sandbanks
survive even one more generation
as the seas rise ever higher?'


Other Care of The Planet poems on this blog can be found HERE


Monday, 5 June 2017

LIGHT! (Vib-gy-or) Final addition to Assembly-friendly songs - for now! Together with update on the ‘Sing of God and Science’ project.


This has to be the last Assembly-friendly, ‘Sing of God and Science’ song on my blog for the time being. These and more will hopefully be published later in 2017 in a book by the same name. See below the song for other news about the whole project.

Vib-gy-or, Vibgyor (sing to Jingle Bells)
Vib-gy-or, Vib-gy-or 
helps us memorise,
all the brilliant colours of Rainbows in the sky-y,
when the sun’s rays shine through
rain both hard and light:
hurrah! The colours all appear
in bows that bring delight.
Chorus (Chant)
Violet, indigo, blue and green,
yellow and orange and red;
these are the colours always seen  
when God’s light’s re-fract-ed.

Vib-gy-or, Vib-gy-or
helps us memorise
all the brilliant colours in
bubbles rising hi-igh;
when the sun’s rays shine through
soap and water spheres;
hurrah! The colours swirl around
the short-lived surface clear
Chorus

Vib-gy-or, Vib-gy-or
helps recall with fun 
all the brilliant colours in
spiders’ webs in sun;
when the sun’s rays shine through
gossamer so fine;
hurrah! The colours all appear
along their slender lines.
Chorus

You can listen to this song HERE
(You Tube https://youtu.be/bmv1iav-fAc)


Other songs in the ‘Sing of God and Science’ collection can be found HERE 

Sing of God and Science - Project Update
Those who have found any of the above collection useful, may be interested to know that the Ely diocesan project, generously supported by the ‘Scientists in Congregations’ (SiC) programme reached a significant milestone at the end of last month. Nine church primary schools in the Ely diocese presented original songs, written within their schools, at an all-day event against the backdrop of the current Science Festival in Ely Cathedral (also supported by the SiC programme). The 320 children who took part were a delight to work with and an illustration of their enthusiasm can be seen in the following You-Tube video made by a local TV station ’ That’s Cambridge TV’.

 The nine songs presented will now be put together with the songs in the ‘Assembly-friendly’ collection mentioned above and sent to the eighty church primary schools in the diocese. They will be invited to make their own videos to submit for posting to the upcoming ‘Sing of God and Science’ You-Tube channel which will be started by featuring the nine ‘Cathedral’ songs. They will also be asked to evaluate the sons prior to the publication of a larger collection (35 songs in all), hopefully published by a faith-based publishing house in the summer/autumn of this year. News of each of these steps will be posted here as they happen.
The nine participating schools at the Cathedral with their songs were 
Bourne: 'God's Masterplan'
Bury: 'Creation'
Anthony Curton/ Tilney: 'Sing it Loud'
Elm: 'Endless Love'
Buckden: 'How did I get here'
St Peter’s: 'Our Tiny Earth Revolving'
St Luke’s; 'And the Earth is Spinning'
St Botolphs, Orton Longueville:  'Power of Nature'

St Andrew’s Soham: 'I Believe
As Project Leader, I would like to thank the Headteachers and staff of the nine participating schools for a thoroughly enjoyable day and also thank the Headteacher and staff of 
Teversham and Burrough Green church schools for their very valuable earlier involvements in the project.
Trevor Thorn.
PS. In addition to all of this, we used this song in a Baptism/ all-age service at one of our local churches at the end of last month. The very familiarity with the tune enabled a congregation of regular and visiting worshippers that had never seen the song before to join in - some with apparent ease,







Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe
It is currently thought that the Universe has at least 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars! Hence the use of the word ‘scintilla’ for a mere ten thousand billion.

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)
Cross and Particle Accelerator. The words of 'A Prayer for Understanding' can be viewed by clicking on this image

Nebula (Embroidery)

Nebula (Embroidery)
Nebula (Embroidery) to accompany the poem 'Invitation' which can be found by clicking on the image.

Orange Galaxy

Orange Galaxy
'Orange Galaxy' posted to accompany 'Bounded and Boundless'. Go to the poem by clicking on the image.

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower
Cosmic Icon 7 - Summerflower Nebula (Acrylic)

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth
Cosmic Ikon 8: Moth Nebula(imagined-acrylic) The Gold field of deep space is intended to convey the Lordship of Christ over the whole of the Cosmos

Surprise garden rose (Photo)

Surprise garden rose (Photo)
This beautiful head of roses in our garden, which are giving off a delightful perfume in the morning sun, seems a fitting picture to link to the sonnet 'Evolution and Beauty'. Let the picture take you there. It is a surprise because it is growing high on a bush of otherwise pure yellow roses: amazing!

Cross and Vortex

Cross and Vortex
'Cross and Vortex' to accompany 'Stars and Planets Sing Your Glory'. Click on the image to go to the poem/hymn.

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)
Gaseous Cosmic Threads: Mixed media - acrylics and painted threads

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)
Warm Umbrian Hills: Click image to take you to the poem St Francis' Sky

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)
'Cosmic Labyrinth' - This icon is a symbol of the path through the near reaches of the Cosmos with its 'Havens' where current advances in science (2012/13) are celebrated. By clicking on the picture you will be taken to the latest version of the poem of the same name.

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)
Time, perhaps to consider a restorative break before the approach of Advent/ Christmas. Let this image take you to 'On Drawing Apart'.

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)
On the South shore of Iona is a bay which shows the industrial scarring of a beautiful place. Read of it by clicking on the picture

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)
The Imaginary Butterfly Nebula . Anything like this would be a real Curiosity! The image will link you to the reflection titled 'Curiosity' which is actually a celebration of the achievement of landing the Mars Rover of that name

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)
'Light of the world' posted to accompany 'To Light'. Find the poem by clicking on the image.

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)
Iona from Fionnphort. At this point of the Isle of Mull, the end of a pilgrimage or trip to Iona is in sight. Click on this picture to take you to the poem 'IONA - The Pilgrim Way'

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)
Cross and simple prayer rope: make one like this to use as an aid to using ‘The Jesus Prayer'