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Well not much happened today really, the morning just passed, in the afternoon I sorted laundry, and our Asda order arrived but turned out to be minus about ten of the items we had ordered, so the rest are being delivered in the morning!

I cooked a roast dinner for tea which was lovely, and after that it was time to go to choir. It was really good fun at choir tonight, Steve(the rector) was like a child with a new toy, he obviously really likes the new piano they've bought for church, and was busy showing off what it is capable of at the beginning and end of the practice, playing all sorts of fragments of well known music! We also trialled an arrangement of some songs which he'd jotted down earlier in the day, the first part was an arrangement of "Awesome God " which seemed to work pretty well, then it went in a version of "How great is our God" which he'd somehow juxtaposed in canon with "Glory, glory hallelujah"! I'm sure any one who is familiar with both songs will bewildered trying to imagine this, though it did actually fit together quite well. I doubt it will make the final cut for our Easter Praise service, but was enormous fun. He explained as he handed out his hurried handwritten copies of this, that it was just to make us grateful that he was leaving and we wouldn't have to put up with any more of his silly ideas!! Actually I think we'll miss the silly ideas!

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takahe
Mar. 29th, 2006 05:45 am (UTC)
Which Awesome God is it? Not the one by Chris Skinner, surely?

I'm glad you had fun, it makes it all so worthwhile, the getting there and the giving up of your time, it is good.
ringbark
Mar. 29th, 2006 06:31 am (UTC)
Which Awesome God is it?

Don't be silly, there's only one Awesome God - the creator of the universe, who sent his only son to die for our sins.

Or have I misunderstood you?
takahe
Mar. 29th, 2006 06:42 am (UTC)
*snort*
yeah, you misunderstood *giggle*!
vivh
Mar. 29th, 2006 06:35 am (UTC)
It was the Rich Mullin's Awesome God, we used to sing it quite often at St John's, but it's a bit American for our very English congregation!!

British people have a problem with the word "awesome", it's just not a word English people naturally use! Apparently the song is really popular with the youth though, and I think it was probably Steve's 19 year old daughter who has talked him into including it!

It was good fun last night, really awesome!!
takahe
Mar. 29th, 2006 06:44 am (UTC)
Awesome is a word that has become very 'young people' slang here, huh. I can see how it maybe wouldn't be so popular there. I'd love to play you our Awesome God. I'll see if I can find it on the net later *g*
vivh
Mar. 29th, 2006 06:56 am (UTC)
I'd love to hear your "Awesome God".

I'd sort of forgotten how uncomfortable English people are with the word "awesome" until I heard Steve apologising for the americanism last night, but thinking back, I remember it jarring with me when I first moved to NZ, but that was a long time ago!
vivh
Mar. 29th, 2006 07:00 am (UTC)
Ian has found Chris Skinner's "Awesome God" online and I'm listening to it as I type, it is very gentle, and has a really haunting quality. It is beautiful, simple but beautiful.
takahe
Mar. 29th, 2006 10:35 am (UTC)
Hey, that's really cool! You're right, it is kind of haunting. The children used to sing it beautifully at school. He is a local priest, so he came and taught it to them *g*
vivh
Mar. 29th, 2006 05:40 pm (UTC)
It's really cool to know personally the writer of songs, we sing lots of Steve's songs at church, at it's lovely to sing his songs with him, though very strange on the days when he's not playing with music group!

ringbark
Mar. 29th, 2006 07:04 am (UTC)
Try http://www.chrisskinner.org.nz/?sid=5&id=10 which has a link to a Real Audio version of Awesome God (Skinner).
The picture on that page, by the way, was taken (we are pretty sure) at Hideaway Landing, just outside Port Vila. The island in the background is Hideaway, the home of snorkelling and diving. Happy memories.
As for the song, much smoother than Rich Mullins' interpretation of what "awesome" means. Still, not bad for a Marist! *g*
takahe
Mar. 29th, 2006 10:37 am (UTC)
-Still, not bad for a Marist! *g*
Hee! He does have rather an ego these days, I heard, but he's a nice guy all the same, and at least he's still a priest. *g*

It must be nice to have those beautiful Vanuatu memories.
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