Ruach Breath Of Life

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  • Tenderness Part 1

    08/06/2021 Duration: 07min

    As I was sitting beside a village duckpond not far from Malvern the other day, enjoying the warmth of the sunshine and the fresh green of the new leaves, I was struck afresh by the tenderness of God toward us. This meditation springs from that time, and is accompanied by two exquisite pieces of music for oboe, that seem to breathe with the soft and clear life-giving ruach of the Lord. The first, played by Amy Roberts and Christiane von Albrecht, is by the Italian Baroque missionary musician, Domenico Zipoli, who found his life's calling ministering in South America. The second is by one of my all-time favourite composers, Jean Baptiste Loeillet, from Flanders, and played by Thomas Herzog and Christiane. May this reflection help prepare you to receive His tender touch once more.

  • Tenderness Part 2

    08/06/2021 Duration: 11min

    As the harp sounds her opening chords, this immersive and reflective piece invites you to spend time savouring the tender favour of the Lord. How has He shown His compassion toward you? What concerns might you bring to Him now? Sing with Mary how He has helped His servant Israel, remembering to be merciful, for His loving devotion toward us is abundant! (Lk. 1:54; Ps. 106:45) The presentation includes music for the harp by Dussek and Domenico Scarlatti, as well as an arrangement of Beethoven’s celebrated Moonlight Sonata, all of which Fontane Liang plays beautifully. The final piece is played on the autoharp by Heather Farrell-Roberts. Not many of us, perhaps, are familiar with the sound of this instrument, but there is both joy and tenderness here in a piece called Hawker’s Dream, written by Mike Fenton. Do share these precious pieces with people you sense would benefit from an opportunity to experience more of the Lord's great tenderness.

  • Lament and Light

    25/05/2021 Duration: 04min

    Lament and Light by Robert Weston, arranged by Peter Richards The first short piece - little more than a minute long, serves as a prelude, expressing the cry of the heart - a lament to the Lord, and perhaps from Him too. The second piece moves us on beyond the grief into the light, weaving the theme from a Swedish folk song into the melody. Huge thanks to Peter Richards for greatly improving as well as playing the piano part, as well as to Mike and Natalie Halliday and Rebecca Whettam, for playing the clarinet and cello parts - and recording under challenging lock down conditions in Poynton and Malvern. May the piece bring peace and blessing. It is less than one and a half minutes long, but bound up in the mournful sounds of the clarinet are cries of pain – whether in our own hearts or that we hear in our spirits on behalf of those suffering loss and hardship of any kind. As oppressive pressures bear down, may we not allow their pain to dominate our hearts in unhealthy ways, or yield to the grievanc

  • The Lord's Sustaining Presence

    16/05/2021 Duration: 11min

    The Lord's Sustaining Presence by Ruach Breath of Life

  • Peace for the Soul

    07/05/2021 Duration: 06min

    Enjoy this extempore prayer that I recorded as part of a series of teachings and meditations on the theme of rest. I wrote the first piece of music some years ago. In the second, Francesco Barsanti's setting of a lilting Scottish melody, Jane Horsfall plays the Celtic harp, Francis Cummings the violin, Catherine Muncey the viola, Natalie Halliday the cello, Megan Mellumphy the flute and James Horsfall the keyboard.

  • There remains a rest

    07/05/2021 Duration: 03min

    There remains a Rest I was struck this morning by these verses from Hebrews: 'There remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for anyone who enters God's rest rests from His own work. . . . Strive, therefore, (make every effort) to enter that rest!' (Heb. 4:9,11). As a result I recorded an extempore prayer along those lines. It is set to a beautiful piece of music that Colin Owen wrote specifically for me. Jane Horsfall accompanies on the Celtic harp, with Grace and Jonathan Lee playing violin, Catherine Muncey, viola, Corinne Frost and Natalie Halliday, cello, and I play the recorder myself.

  • Passion for God that makes me take time to be with Him

    07/05/2021 Duration: 26min

    In this talk that was recorded early in 2011, Robert encourages us to look for where we might find rest for our souls. So many people live in a state of debilitating chronic fatigue, and even many parts of the Church sometimes appears to be in danger of both succumbing to it themselves and adding to people's sense of being overburdened. It is so good to take time out to come apart with the Lord and allow Him to minister His rest to us so that we minister to one another from the living water of His Spirit, rather than out of our own exhausted emotions. Jesus said, "Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matt. 11:28-30) His yoke, that Matthew Henry poignantly describes as being lined with love' is made to measure, and takes our unique personalities, gifts, temperaments, abilities and resilience into account.

  • A Psalm for Storm-tossed Times

    22/04/2021 Duration: 08min

    A Psalm for Storm-tossed Times Many of the Biblical psalms begin with a superscription, giving a brief overview of the context of its writing, and its musical setting. Noting that what I had written in many ways mirrored the framework that many of the ‘testimony-psalms’ employ, and well aware that I had been looking to find a way to capture something of the essence of a very turbulent period in our lives, a friend penned this introductory note: "Of Robert, the servant of the LORD, who sang this song within a cloud of unknowing, following a sixth nerve palsy, which affected both his sight and his balance, so that he could neither see clearly nor stand steadily. To the tune, The Song of my Heart." It is so precious to realise that when He helped me to write this piece of music six years ago, which I called The Song of my Heart, the Lord was already well aware that this season of testing was coming. We held back from releasing it immediately, sensing that the right words would come in time to accompany it

  • The Pilgrim's Inn Psalm

    22/04/2021 Duration: 01min

    A Pilgrim's Inn Psalm – A joyous Round! – Here is something entirely uplifting: a tune to set your heart and feet a-dancing. We took 'Sellinger’s Round', a popular sixteenth century dance, and had fun arranging it for different instruments, including recorders, lutes, bassoons pretending to be crumhorns, percussion and trumpets. Picture a cheerful innkeeper raising a measure to King Jesus, and inviting all who are bound toward Heaven to join him! Shades of 'Pilgrim’s Progress' and perhaps of Psalm 150 as well! Psalm A psalm of praise is a door to life and a gate to Heaven, so let praise fill the air, and thanksgiving our hearts. Not to Bacchus will we raise our glass, but to Jesus Christ our Shepherd King. With life springing forth from the wells of our hearts we uplift and exhort fellow pilgrims on the way. Unending streams of praise that rejoice the Lord’s heart as we raise our tankards to the Lamb’s own standard. (Lev. 7:12, Heb. 13:15)

  • There Is No One Like You Lord - Reawakenings cd2

    16/03/2021 Duration: 04min

    There is No One like You Lord Reawakenings cd2 Words and music by Carol Sampson

  • The Fields Are White Unto Harvest - Reawakenings cd2

    16/03/2021 Duration: 04min

    La Sandanga Oaxaca is a set apart Mexican isthmus, of which this stirring piece of music that Andrew plays on the marimba might be said to be an unofficial anthem. The local word 'Sandunga' embraces the concept of gracefulness, elegance, charm, wit and celebration. See where the music takes you!

  • Beyond The Shafts Of Rejection - Reawakenings cd2

    16/03/2021 Duration: 01min

    Beyond the Shafts of Rejection Reawakenings cd2 Corelli

  • The Power Of Prayer - Reawakenings cd2

    16/03/2021 Duration: 01min

    The Power of Prayer Reawakenings cd2 CPE Bach

  • Lord Hear Us - Reawakenings cd2

    16/03/2021 Duration: 04min

    Lord hear us Reawakenings cd2 Song sung by Sue Perks

  • Prayerful Associations - Reawakenings cd2

    16/03/2021 Duration: 02min

    Prayerful Associations Reawakenings cd2

  • The Song You Are Singing - Reawakenings

    16/03/2021 Duration: 04min

    The song you are singing Reawakenings cd2 Vivaldi, recorder - trio sonata recorder, flute, cello and keyboard

  • Comparisonitis - Reawakenings

    16/03/2021 Duration: 05min

    Comparisonitis Reawakening cd2 Recorder improvisation that emerged from playing the trio sonata by Vivaldi

  • Dance Of Creation - Reawakenings cd2

    16/03/2021 Duration: 08min

    Dance of Creation Reawakenings cd2 Dvorak

  • Saints On The Seashore - Reawakenings cd2

    16/03/2021 Duration: 04min

    Saints on the seashore Reawakenings cd2 Memories of the sea shore. Composed by Japanese marimba player Keiko Abe, Memories of the Seashore started out as an improvisation for children. It is a hauntingly beautiful piece which evokes the sound of waves washing on the beach, pebbles rattling, breeze blowing, the sun setting in a blaze of glorious colour - eventually fading away to stillness.

  • Poignant Pageant - Reawakenings cd2

    16/03/2021 Duration: 02min

    Poignant Pageant Reawakenings cd2 Cello music by Corinne Frost

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