The Trees of the Field Shall Clasp Their Hands

We are meeting in a Danish Pentecostal building today for our ecumenical church planting conference. About 60 of us, all enjoying each others company and making fun of ourselves. There are Baptists here, and Lutherans, Penties, Charasmatics, house church, emerging church, Reformed . .. which reminds of me of a verse (based on Isaiah 55:12) I have been composing in my mind for the Reformation songbook:

You shall go out with austerity

and be led forth with sobriety

The mountains and the hills shall break out their notebooks

There’ll be sermons of Paul

And all the trees of the field

shall clasp, shall clasp their hands.

And all the trees of the field shall clasp their hands

The trees of the field shall clasp their hands

The trees of the field shall clasp their hands

While you go out with . . . [a joyful and yet restrained demeanor?]

ok – I am still working on the last word. Let me know if you think of something. And if anyone ever gets around to writing a Reformation Bible, then order me a Red Letter Edition – there’s nothing like having the words of the Apostle Paul highlighted in red for easy viewing and memorization.

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Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


  • richard says:

    thank andrew – made me laugh on a grumpy day

  • Cathryn Thomas says:

    how about ” a joyful and yet humble prophesy”. Just my thoughts there dude. I’m always looking for the hole that says “decrease”…. (that i need to jump in) …. so that HE might increase……. without minimizing HIS call on my life.
    i’ve been thinking……. to print out…. all the verses where JESUS/GOD….. asked a question. “Do you love me?” …and “who is this that enters my presence with words without wisdom”- job thing…… i’d like to read a RED letter edition with HIS questions highlighted. Just pondering…..
    love you much……
    Phil and i will get to Scotland soon!
    shalom to the deepest places,

  • Mark E says:

    sounds like the launch of that songbook is going to be a real blast, maybe you could get Hillsong United to launch it for you 🙂

  • Ryan says:

    The trees of the field shall clasp their hands
    While you go out with… POISE!

  • While you go out looking for the fun(?) in fundemental….

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