This song captures for me some of the journey of prayer and worship in times of struggle and despair. There are doubts and fears expressed; and then it's as though we're invited to lift our eyes, to see the reality of who God is, and what He does: you make beautiful things / you make beautiful things out of the dust you make beautiful things / you make beautiful things out of us

Forgive me, Jesus, for when I let myself get absorbed in hopelessness about the world around. Raise my eyes to see you, and to hear your song of redemption and restoration over all creation - Ashley

Let me introduce to you the Awesome Cutlery Family Devotionals. We’ve used both the first and second volumes for our morning devotions, and we like to use our resources more than once, so we’ve been through them a couple of times with a different study guide in between. There are 24 devotions in each thin booklet (good for taking away with you).

You can use them whatever time in the day works for you but we find that with our 3 and 5 year old, that doing a devotion over breakfast or as we’re finishing breakfast works best for us. Each devotion has a starting prayer, an introductory icebreaker question, bible passage (NIV version) written out, a small number of questions and a prayer. On every page there is a quote from one or both of Captain Awesomeness or Cutlery Boy (the two silly characters in the Awesome Cutlery duo!) Occasionally there is a brain teaser or challenge too.

The Awesome Cutlery duo currently have two albums available: This is Awesome Cutlery (2016) and All Together Now (2019) and for each devotional, there is a song to listen along to which reinforces the teaching (and is brilliant!). The songs are fun, catchy, and the lyrics are simple enough for the kids to grasp some massively amazing biblical concepts. We’ve really enjoyed doing these together and the girls look forward to the next time we’ll use them for our bible study together. I always try to play the song at the end while we tidy up breakfast (dancing optional!) and sometimes we carry that into our getting dressed time. Or we play it later in the day. These CDs are great for the car too, they worked for the kids from age 3 onwards and are still doing us into the early school years.

I’m hoping we’ll get even more use out of these devotions and CDs over the next couple of years as we learn and deepen our knowledge of God together and get more out of the bible and songs. Now that our oldest can read, she is keen to read the Bible passages or questions herself, and this is brilliant-because I can eat my breakfast or enjoy my cuppa too!

The Awesome Cutlery strap line is ‘Helping families worship Jesus together’ and we can say with a thankful heart that they do help us do that. You can find their resources here at www.awesomecutlery.com

We hope they might be a blessing to you too - Anna

It's time to tune into Si Knightly's debut track Calvary Hill. Hailed as having a "powerful gift of gospel storytelling" by author and theologian Andrew Wilson, and recognised to be in the vein of Shai Linne by UK urban music pioneer Efrem Buckle, new rap artist Si Knightly has cross-cultural appeal.

Calvary Hill is packed with rich lyrical theology, skillfully delivered through thoughtful and creative rhyme schemes. While the emotive narrative provokes deep thought, it also prompts a wonderful sense of hope in the glory of the cross. Here is a pinpoint clear display of some of what took place on that first Good Friday. This song was released earlier this year over Easter time to encourage believers at the time when Christians celebrate the Passion. Si reminds us that the Lord Jesus Christ came to the cross to die in our place for our sins. Jesus did this so that we could be forgiven and have a relationship with God.

Si recognises that at times like this, we see so much pain and suffering and death, but when we look to the cross, we see that God is not removed from those things. But actually familiar with those things. In Christ, he experiences suffering and pain and death itself. He goes through all of that because of his great love for us and his desire to save us. Si hopes that this track will speak to those who listen, that it will bring hope as we see how much love God has for this world and you personally.

If you are left wanting more, Si released The Third Day on Easter Sunday (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frwmgDJUMk0). In The Third Day, the uplifting melodic rhythm, soulful female vocal and joyful expression of

Christ's victorious resurrection will delight listeners as they consider the wonder of the Easter story. Andrew Wilson comments: "Si Knightly's powerful gift of gospel storytelling is brilliantly complemented by his delivery. Expressing profound Biblical truths through eloquent rhymes, he

has the wonderful ability to engage your mind, heart, soul and musical ear all at once." Efrem Buckle adds: "The musicality of the classically soulful hip-hop stylings are one thing, but I am especially encouraged and excited by his content; clearly heralding a resurgence of UK lyrical theology."

This song is to remind us how Christians worldwide joyfully celebrate Christ's resurrection when Christ was raised from the dead. He wants us to see from the eyewitness accounts that Jesus appeared to Mary then the other disciples and then a further 500 people. He was there in the flesh; he wasn't a ghost; they touched him; they ate with him - he was physically raised from the dead.

This gave his followers eternal hope and indeed gives Christ's followers today that same eternal hope that death is not the end. Death is dead - our greatest enemy is dead! That eternal life beyond the grave is available through Jesus Christ. That Christ is with us now as we journey through life. It gives us hope that we can trust his words. The one who said to a grieving friend "I am the Resurrection and the Life." And then proved it on that first Easter Sunday.

Si grew up in the local area and spent much of his youth in Streatham. He went to Holy Redeemer Church in Streatham, one of our gospel partners. Over the years I've known him I'm grateful for how God has shaped him and kept him in relationship with God.

Si is releasing his third single "None Like Him" featuring Dayper September the 18th - Sim