Ian seems a little bit SHED obsessed at the moment - especially with his post today! Apparently he's had more comments on his blog about the post on SHED than on his youth work postings recently.
This shouldn't be surprising, really, as sheds play an important role in church life, don't they?
You don't agree?
Well I think you must have forgotten the many FAMOUS hymns about sheds!
Some reminders for you:
In the hymn See, the Conqueror mounts in triumph one verse begins:
"Holy Ghost, llluminator, shed Thy beams upon our eyes,"
or in "Alleluia, alleluia! Hearts to Heaven and voices raise"
we have: "Christ is risen, we are risen! Shed upon us heavenly grace,"
or from "Through the night of doubt and sorrow"
"One the light of God’s own presence,
O’er His ransomed people shed,"
and what about
"Bread of the world, in mercy broken,
Wine of the soul, in mercy shed,"
"Blessèd city, heavenly Salem," which gives us:
"From celestial realms descending,
Bridal glory round thee shed,"
and who can FORGET the immortal
"Sunbeams scorching all the day;
Chilly dew-drops nightly shed;"
from "Forty days and forty nights"
"And Thy fullest benediction Shed within its walls alway" from "Christ is made the Sure foundation"
and finally I don't know them myself but apparently there is a hymn called:
"For man the Savior shed"
"Sweetest joy the soul can know,
Fairest Light was ever shed,"
Yet the one most appropriate for Ian I think must be:
"Thou Lord, defend this land of ours,
Its smiling shores, its mountain towers;
Thy blessing on its future shed
Like morning dew when night is fled."
Many thanks to Cyberhymnal for the lyrics! and yes... my brain has gone loopy from the stress of our church hall being out of action!