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    22 May 2016 – Make a joyful noise unto the Lord

    22 May 2016 – Make a joyful noise unto the Lord
    May 20, 2016 Liz Marriott

    They practice and make each phrase and note
    As perfect as may be,
    Because they play for worship.
    Then a young lad comes and wants to take his place
    And a toddler joins
    His serious face
    Making us smile.

    We sing, they play,
    We smile and even chuckle
    And the song goes up to heaven.
    Right notes, wrong notes,
    Chuckles, dreams, desires, voices
    Blending as the family of God,
    Your family, most Gracious Heavenly Father,
    Raising praise, thanksgiving, worship
    To you the centre of our lives.

    We leave:
    Some singing humming, strumming,
    Some pensive and reflective,
    Some suddenly plunged back into
    The struggle of everyday.

    We take with us:
    An awareness of your glory,
    A chuckle at the way you use us all in your family,
    A gentle smile that none have been excluded from your band
    Because they did not fit,
    Nor had the skills.

    A joyful noise of celebration
    To carry with us,
    To echo in our homes,
    At work, in the wide fresh air,
    At bus stop, supermarket queue,
    A joyful celebration,
    Not to be quashed
    By trouble
    If somewhere inside
    We hear its echoes

    Accept our prayers of praise
    Most Loving Lord
    Amen. Hazel Parsons

    Reading: Psalm 66
    SthF. 42. O sing to the Lord