Category Archives: Inspiration

Trinity Sunday


2 Corinthians 13:11-13

11 Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.

12 Greet one another with a holy kiss. 13 All God’s people here send their greetings.




Acts 2:1-4 recounts the earliest Christians’ experience of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, accompanied by dramatic effects of wind and fire and the special ability to speak in other languages.

Ascension Sunday

The Ascension – Luke 24:50-51

Acts 1:9-11

9 When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.

10 While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them.

11 They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”


by Abigail Wortman, West Long Branch, New Jersey

On the first day of first grade, I stood by the front door with butterflies in my stomach. I voiced my biggest concern to my mother: “How will I make friends?” Crouching in front of me, she handed me advice I carry with me to this day: “Be Switzerland.” Be friends with everyone. Treat everyone equally and fairly. For all of my 20 years, I have lived by these words. Soon I will graduate and become a part of the real world. And on that first day, nervously facing new responsibilities, I know I will whisper two words to myself: “Be Switzerland.”

The One They Call the King

Winter ending promised light but now we know the dark of night
To test our faith, test our might
To make it through the Spring

Just days ago he entered town palms and praises on the ground
Loud Hosannahs they did sound
For the one they called the King.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, your love and praises bring
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, for the one they called the King

Pontius said in a coward’s voice “Pick the one, make my choice
The thief will live, the other die
The one they call the King”

“Stuck on a cross his history a prophet shamed for Eternity
This Son of God will bow to me
The one they call the King”

Hallelujah chorus

His body taken from the wooden frame draped in cloth, robed in shame
Placed in a dark and lowly cave
The one they called the King

Soon days will pass his promise kept
His true disciples frightened yet will feel the power from on high
The one they called the King

Hallelujah chorus

As we live in fear we can’t forget He is Risen now, his promise kept
Our Lord, Our Saviour will not let
Us suffer more than He

Hold to the promise that he brings this Easter time our praises sing
Our faith our strength through the Son of God
The one we call the King

Hallelujah chorus

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, your love and praises bring
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, for the one we call the King

For the one we call the King.

Lyrics copyright © Ronald E Bagnell.
Tune: Variation of “Star of the County Down” (Irish traditional) and Kingsford (public domain).  Arranged by Ron Bagnell
Reprinted with permission.

Vocals: Ron Bagnell, Helen McKinnon-Bagnell
Keyboard: Kelti Goudie
Guitar: Ron Bagnell


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