Sunday, April 05, 2020

Hosanna! blessed is he that Comes in the Name of the Lord!

The disciples went and did exactly what Jesus told them to do. They led the donkey and colt out, laid some of their clothes on them, and Jesus mounted. Nearly all the people in the crowd threw their garments down on the road, giving him a royal welcome. 
Others cut branches from the trees and threw them down as a welcome mat. Crowds went ahead and crowds followed, all of them calling out, “Hosanna to David’s son!” “Blessed is he who comes in God’s name!” “Hosanna in highest heaven!” Matthew 21:8-10(MSG)

Friday, April 03, 2020

Diamo Online - This Sunday

Don't forget to put your clocks back Saturday night! 
Click HERE for DIAMO-ONLINE Online.
Around 10:45am the next instalment of the ACTS series will premiere. Enjoy!
(Past DVBC videos and sermons can be found HERE)

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Worship in Exile as an ‘Essential Service’

This is an article about 'Lament.' Ever notice how much of our corporate worship is about happiness and exaltation? There is an underlying assumption that to follow Jesus will make for a happy, healthy and hopefully wealthy life on earth. But what if it doesn't? What if life derails us or takes us down an unexpected and difficult path? How do we respond? How do we relate to God when dreams are dashed and feelings are negative? The Hebrews understood this. They were well acquainted with 'lament'. 

This is a thoughtful article by Rachelle GilmourBromby Senior Lecturer in Old Testament at Trinity College, University of Divinity and Mark Brett, Professor of Hebrew Bible at Whitley College, University of Divinity. Posted on Mon 30 March 2020, by ABC Religion and Ethics:

Worship in Exile as an ‘Essential Service’

"The Italian philosopher Georgio Agamben provoked widespread controversy following his recent comments on the coronavirus epidemic. He suggested that the paralysis of his country shows that people no longer believe in anything but bare life. In Australia, it would seem that our most fundamental beliefs are focused on public health and the economy. A challenge that Agamben puts to us is his stark claim: “Bare life — and the danger of losing it — is not something that unites people, but blinds and separates them.” ... 

Be Thou My Vision | Celtic Worship

Be Thou My Vision

1 Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
naught be all else to me, save that thou art--
thou my best thought by day or by night,
waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

2 Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word;
I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord;
thou my great Father, I thy true son;
thou in me dwelling, and I with thee one.

3 Be thou my battle shield, sword for my fight;
be thou my dignity, thou my delight,
thou my soul's shelter, thou my high tow'r:
raise thou me heav'n-ward, O Pow'r of my pow'r.

4 Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
thou mine inheritance, now and always:
thou and thou only, first in my heart,
High King of heaven, my treasure thou art.

5 High King of heaven, my victory won,
may I reach heaven's joys, O bright heav'n's Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

Source: Trinity Psalter Hymnal #446

Monday, March 30, 2020

Kintsugi: The Art of Precious Scars

Kintsugi is a Japanese art form in which breaks and repairs are treated as part of the object's history. Broken ceramics are carefully mended by artisans with a lacquer resin mixed with powdered gold, silver or platinum. The repairs are visible — yet somehow beautiful. Kintsugi means "golden joinery" in Japanese.