Dawn Chorus | APP of the week

"Wake up to nature’s chorus with a bird alarm clock developed by Carnegie Museum of Natural History and The Innovation Studio. This artfully designed app is a calming, nature-inspired alternative to your usual blaring alarm. When the alarm goes off, birds begin to appear in trees to create a chorus of song. Choose from 20 birds to create a custom alarm. All of the birds are native to the northeastern United States, and users can hear their calls and learn more about them on bird cards developed with museum scientists."
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

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"the birds of the heavens . . . sing among the branches." Psalm 104:12

more 2017 England photos | PHOTOS of the week

On the Canal
Manchester under Construction
The Lake District
What a View!
Follow the Ridge
Guess Where?

2017 England photos | PHOTOS of the week

Ashurst Hall
Ashurst Beacon
Longford Park in Summer
Through the Office Window
Little Explorer
Astley Green Colliery Museum
'Twas a Court House Once

“The Rock That Is Higher Than I” | HYMN of the week

Words: Erastus Johnson
Music: William Gustavus Fischer

O sometimes the shadows are deep,
And rough seems the path to the goal,
And sorrows, sometimes how they sweep
Like tempests down over the soul!

O sometimes how long seems the day,
And sometimes how weary my feet;
But toiling in life's dusty way,
The Rock's blessed shadow, how sweet!

O near to the Rock let me keep,
If blessings or sorrow prevail;
Or climbing the mountain way steep,
Or walking the shadowy vale.

O then to the Rock let me fly,
To the Rock that is higher than I;
O then to the Rock let me fly
To the Rock that is higher than I!

Click here to listen or download.

Below is Ray Walker's congregational version.
I prefer to play this video on speed 1.25. You can change this under the video settings.

"From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed:
lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For thou hast been a shelter for me"
Psalm 61:2-3

The Inner Life of the Cell | VIDEO of the week

"Harvard University selected XVIVO to develop an animation that would take their cellular biology students on a journey through the microscopic world of a cell, illustrating mechanisms that allow a white blood cell to sense its surroundings and respond to an external stimulus. This award winning piece was the first topic in a series of animations XVIVO is creating for Harvard's educational website BioVisions at Harvard."

"I am fearfully and wonderfully made:
marvellous are thy works"
Psalm 139:14

“Morning Song” | SONG of the week

Artist:The Digital Age

I can feel it
in my bones.
I can feel it—
the Savior's love.

When the light breaks the day,
all our sins are washed away.

I can feel it—
I'm not alone.
I can feel it
in my bones.

When the light breaks the day,
all our sins are washed away.

"the LORD'S . . . compassions fail not.
They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him." Lamentations 3:22-24
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.

“Mustard Seed” Bible reading plans | BIBLE READING PLANS of the week

Have you ever tried to read through the Bible but then found yourself falling behind when you reached Leviticus and Numbers? The "Mustard Seed" Bible Reading Plan might help.

There are two versions: a two-year plan and a one-year plan. In the two-year plan, you start with the shortest* book of the Bible and successively read longer* books. On the right column, you start with the longest book of the Bible and successively read shorter books. So in the first week alone, you'll have already read six books of the Bible and the first seven Psalms. Eventually, the two columns merge in 2 Samuel. After that, you read the entire New Testament again straight through (Matthew-Revelation).

In the one-year plan, you start with the shortest* books of the Bible and go to the longest* books of the Bible. By the end of January, you'll have already read 29 books, and you spend almost the entire month of December in the Psalms.

* The length of a book is d…

Winter Thaw | MOVIE of the week

"In late nineteenth-century Russia, Martin Avdeitch is a humble shoemaker whose life has been characterized by grief. Martin must find the courage to look outside himself and trust in the goodness of God." Winter Thaw is based on Leo Tolstoy's short story "Where Love Is, God Is."
Click here to watch Winter Thaw on the original website.

"God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him."
1 John 4:16

The Snowman soundtrack | SOUNDTRACK of the week

Movie:The Snowman
Movie year: 1982
Score composer: Howard Blake
"Walking in the Air" singer: Peter Auty

"I remember that winter because it brought the heaviest snow that I had ever seen. Snow had fallen steadily all night long, and in the morning I awoke in a room filled with light and silence. The whole world seemed to be held in a dream-like stillness. It was a magical day, and it was on that day I made the Snowman."
Raymond Briggs