Inderjit Bhogal – The Wilberforce Way – interview with Clare Balding – BBC

This is pertinent to the situation that we live in. Today people in this country who are different live in fear. The best we can offer to those who are different from ourselves, in whatever way, is to enable them to feel accepted and welcome and not afraid.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000fpbq

A Hymn for Pilgrims – ‘A scallop shell the badge of our devotion’ – written to mark the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower from Plymouth, England.

A scallop shell the badge of our devotion,
as, travelling on where other steps have led,
we trust in God for all our life’s provision,
for love and joy, and for our daily bread.

We seek the path wherever Christ may lead us,
held firm by love and grounded in God’s grace,
we share companionship with those who join us,
and in each one we meet Christ face to face.

The past has witnessed, through our history’s pages,
to life-long sacrifice, to faith and praise;
as pilgrims let us vow to future ages
we’ll walk in hope and love through all our days.

Andrew Pratt (b.1948), 1/2/2020
Words © 2020 Stainer & Bell Ltd, London, England, http://www.stainer.co.uk.
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Tune: INTERCESSOR (Parry, 1848-1918; public domain)

The Mayflower set sail on 16th September 1620 from Plymouth, UK, to voyage to America, known to English explorers at the time as the New World.
See https://www.mayflower400uk.org/education/the-mayflower-story/

Here to eternity pilgrims meander – Pilgrim’s hymn

Here to eternity pilgrims meander.
Purposeless? Wondering? Listless, yet loved.
Eyes on the distance, we measure reality,
gently held, graciously, like a hand gloved.

Led by a passion, move onwards and upwards,
follow our destiny, seek after grace;
reach beyond limits society renders,
focussing freedom in this time and space.

Lives are not bounded by creed or religion,
life not constrained by tradition or fate;
grasp opportunity, balancing blessing,
rise above hatred before it’s too late.

Andrew Pratt 25/2/2019
Tune: THE BARD OF ARMAGH/STREETS OF LAREDO
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