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Best. Practice. Ever

July 8, 2014

So with July 4th weekend, most of our musicians were out of town so we didn’t have practice as usual. So Darren and I ended up sitting in our tiny kitchen going through the set. I stuck yogurt-covered pretzels on sticks with strawberries and blueberries – giving me a huge sense of red-white-and-blue satisfaction (like I was a productive Martha Stewart Mum, of which I couldn’t be further from) whilst we sang together.redwhiteandblue

 

 

 

 

 

 

The significance of this is that I haven’t been singing for 6 months. After getting sick at the beginning of the year and losing my voice in a big way, my singing voice has not recovered and I’ve been trying to give it rest. This is a ridiculous notion really since I have a 3 year old and a 5 year old at home with me, so I am talking all day and I have to say everything a million times of course, so I finally gave up with the ‘resting my voice’ approach and sang to my heart’s content. Certain songs and ranges are really rough but others seem okay. But it was so great to sing through our set – –

Oh How I need You (All Sons and Daughters) / Everlasting (New one of ours) / Holy Spirit (Newer one of ours) / Oceans (Darren and I play it mellow and acoustic instead of Diva-ish – I can’t swing that) and Future Past by John Mark McMillan which is absolutley getting to us in a very good way lately.

The back door was open and the mosquitos were coming in but we felt a new freedom to worship together in the simplicity of that setting. I think we’ll do that again, but next time I want a drum to bash.

 

Holy Spirit

July 8, 2014

One of the latest songs we’ve written and introduced at our church is ‘Give us Your heart Oh God’ and in essence is an invitation to the Holy Spirit to come and fill the room. But it’s a step further than that, we’re not just seeking a supernatural experience, but we are seeking the fruit of his Holy Spirit, coined in the lines “Come and do your work in us” and the weight of His glory and all that that can mean. We believe that ‘when two or more are gathered in his name, that He is there also’ (Mathew 18:20). There’s no scripture that gets us more pumped about coorporate worship than that one, since we gather in our groups and services in His name. As much as we crave that tangible sense of His presence, we NEED the fruit of his presence and his life-changing power.

As with most of our worship songs, it’s a simple one. As soon as my voice is better, we’ll get back to recording it.

Give us your heart Oh God by Darren & Jessie Clarke Copyright 2014

Give us Your heart oh God / Show us Your Loving kindness / Give us your heart oh God / Lead us out of the darkness / Holy Spirit, Come and fill us / Come to us just like you promised / Your presence fills our emptiness / Come and do Your work in us / Come and do Your work in us / We will wait for You / For the weight of Your Glory / We will wait for You / For the weight of Your Glory / We will wait for You,  Jesus

 

 

Citizenship. Literally.

January 30, 2014

So we pledge the oath to the US of A next month! It’s a strange thing for someone who still feels very English inside. But it feels like the right thing to do. For us California has been a land of opportunity, the sunny hazey setting for our whole adult lives, our whole relationship and the place our roots and fruits, through no planning of our own, have grown. God Bless ‘Merica. And the Queen.