I’ve just bought some new books of music to widen the range I can play on the piano and organ.   Also bought some new hymn books which have lots of variations from the old ones – many in a lower key which will help some of us more mature folk sing them.    Many with new words to old tunes – I look forward to introducing them to you for contemporary language can often speak more plainly and directly to us – especially to young people.

But the interesting thing is that so many deal with the same subject – Love!  Love found, love lost and love maturing.    You may notice that love is mentioned a lot in our Scripture Readings these days – listen out for it!

It may be a little naive but didn’t a super group from Liverpool sing that “All you need is love”.  The Beatles helped bring in a new era of a different kind of music and it was surely needed at the time – China in terror under Mao,  genocide in some countries, Vietnam War raging and more since then.

The words of the Beatles and so many songs that speak of love are needed more than ever as we live in increasingly uncertain times.   How much better it would be if instead of conflict, financial shenanigans, greed and selfishness we could march to a different tune – perhaps as in that other song -” I’d like to teach the world to sing” and then sing about love – and of course ‘live it’!

John, Paul, George and Ringo may have sang that ‘All you need is love’ but someone got in there before them.   We are reminded that ‘we love, because God loved us first’.  Have a look at 1 Corinthians Ch 13 v13 – faith, hope and love abide and the greatest of these is love!

It’s nearly 100 years since The Armistice was signed and we are now entering the Remembrance Season once more.   Time to remember that Jesus said ‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

We may not all be asked to lay down our life now, but we can use that life in service for others – it may involve sacrifice of some kind – time, effort, money and more – but those you love and care for will benefit – and so will you!