Category Archives: Ken Shearsmith’s Blog

Blog July 2nd A Doggie Story

A Worship Song featuring Lucy Stimpson- Maynard from the album Where Would I Be Without You? recorded and produced by Ross Gill

So as promised last week – why did we get another dog?

Well Genna our lovely black Labrador will be 2 years old in August. Although she won’t be having puppies, we always thought that she would make a great mum- we also thought it would be nice for her to have a play mate.

The next part is a bit of a long story but basically we had two house rabbits that lived on the top floor  of our house- (we are fortunate to have 2 floors) Rabbits, as I am sure you know, need hay and we found the best hay was to be found at a local farm. The local farm had a black male Labrador and a female Border Collie- both who were able to be parents. (!) Well at the time that the Border Collie was fertile the farmer left a gate open and the Labrador took his opportunity with the result being a litter of 5 puppies.  When Caroline, my wife went to buy some hay she fell in love with “Angus” the only boy in the litter.  At the same time Caroline discovered that the daughter of the farmer loved rabbits and so Caroline “soft soaped” me for a few days until I succumbed and we swapped two rabbits for one “Borador” ( the trendy name for a Lab/Collie cross.) Some money also changed hands- in the direction of the farmer not us!

“Angus” did not stay “Angus” for long – we toyed with lots of names but “Dylan” is a Welsh name and we love going to Wales for holidays – it also means “Son of the Sea” and as we live opposite the sea that almost clinched it – when we realised that “Dylan – The Villain” was also extremely apt “Dylan” he became!

You may be thinking is there a point to this story? Is this some sort of parable – where is the hidden meaning. Well in fact its just a true story – simple as that!

Next week back to the music with info on our second virtual choir project.

 

Quote of the week

Faith is not a feeling – it is a choice.

Elizabeth Elliot

 

Blog June 25th -A Conversation in the Womb


Dylan “The Villian”


“Love is the Way” featuring Lucy Stimpson- Maynard from the
album “Love is the Way” recorded and produced by Bob Ross

With the lockdown has come lots of videos posted on -line – some of which I have recently shared in this blog. There have also been lots of text messages and this one, which I received via “Whats App,” I thought worthy of featuring today. 

In a mother’s womb were two babies. one asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”
“Nonsense” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”

The second said, “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t understand now.”

The first replied, “That is absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need. But the umbilical cord is so short. Life after delivery is to be logically excluded.”

The second insisted, “Well I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here. Maybe we won’t need this physical cord anymore.”

The first replied, “Nonsense. And moreover, if there is life, then why has no one has ever come back from there? Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery there is nothing but darkness and silence and oblivion. It takes us nowhere.”

“Well, I don’t know,” said the second, “but certainly we will meet Mother and she will take care of us.”

The first replied “Mother? You actually believe in Mother? That’s laughable. If Mother exists then where is She now?”

The second said, “She is all around us. We are surrounded by her. We are of Her. It is in Her that we live. Without Her this world would not and could not exist.”

Said the first: “Well I don’t see Her, so it is only logical that She doesn’t exist.”

To which the second replied, “Sometimes, when you’re in silence and you focus and you really listen, you can perceive Her presence, and you can hear Her loving voice, calling down from above.”

Could not resist including a photo of Dylan (“The Villain”) the latest member of the Shearsmith family.  Will tell you the story next week. 

 

Quote of the week

You don’t have to see the whole staircase just take the first step

Martin Luther King

Blog June 18th -Two Amazing Videos

It is said that a picture tells a thousand words and so this week I have two more wonderful videos to share with you. The first features Wintley Phipps and includes him singing the most poignant version of Amazing Grace I think I have ever heard.

The second video is truly inspirational and, apart from being very humbling, it also demonstrates just how creative we humans can be.

Quote of the week
God never promised us an easy journey but He did promise us a safe arrival

Blog June 11th – Kodi Lee

Lord I Come to Bathe In Your Glory featuring Lucy Stimpson Maynard – from the album Love is the Way recorded and produced by Bob Ross

So last week I shared three videos from America’s Got Talent (AGT.) I did this because all three contestants had remarkable stories. If you did not get a chance to watch the three videos posted last week then I can really recommend you take a look http://www.risen.org.uk/?cat=1
Archie Williams is tipped to win the 2020 AGT contest – he was falsely incarcerated in prison for 37 years. – Marcelito Pomoy has the most remarkable voice (in fact two voices.) He came forth in the 2019 AGT – he too has a remarkable story growing up as an orphan in the Philippines. However it is Kodi Lee, the 2019 AGT winner who I wanted to focus on today.
His inspiring story is best told through today’s featured video
Quote of the week
The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard but must be felt with the heart.

Helen Keller

Blog June 4th -You Tube Favourites

Marcelito Pomoy

Kodie Lee

Archie Williams

As I am sure you are aware when you watch a YouTube video you get other videos that pop up. So there have been three in the last week that have really inspired me and which I would like to share. You can decide yourselves which is the most inspiring, or of course they could all be equal.
Quote of the week
Forgiveness is a decision to set a prisoner free and then discovering that the prisoner is you.

Word for Today

Blog May 28th – Acts The Musical – An extract – “Peter’s Miraculous Escape From Prison”

So here is the first glimpse of “Acts The Musical” – Mustard Seed Songs’ forthcoming sequel to Risen! The Musical.
It has been wonderfully produced by our fantastic Musical Director, Joffy Girling -@joffy.james
Many thanks to all who so kindly sang.
From the cast of the film of Risen! The Musical

Johnny Fitzharris who played the disciple James and who sang solo on this virtual choir project
Jodie Quirke who played Mary Magdalene
Katie Forge who played Mary wife of Cleopas
Andrew Dovaston who played John
Casey Lloyd who played Cleopas’ friend
Benny Bright who played Cleopas

From the singers on the Risen! The Musical CD

Alex Knox who sang the part of John
Nicola Poustie who sang the part of Mary Magdalene
Jan Moll who sang the part of Mary Mother of Jesus

From the Portsmouth Gospel Choir

Heavilyn Sarpong
Philipa Brobbey
Natalie Chinambu
From the Mustard Seed Soul Band who played on numerous of our CDs and also in our first musical “His Story”

Lucy Stimpson- Maynard
Ross Gill
Harun Kotch
Mike Backhouse
Jassica Castillo-Burley
Katherine Hands
Fiona Poustie
Jim Rogers
Helen Joy Robinson
John Hodgkinson

From Holy Rood Church – past and present

Colin Prestidge
Tim Prestidge
Gillian Prestidge
Gemma Terry
Scott Rushby
Abi Martin
Sarah Summers
Simon Curtis

And my good friends:

Sasha Kennedy – professional singer
Henry Newbury – ex Crofton pupil – professional singer/pianist with 10k subscribers to his YouTube channel
Kevin Jones who sings in a barber shop group and who is in my Portsmouth prayer group

Quote of the week

You’ll never get to a person’s soul until you understand their hurts.

Ravi Zacharias

Blog May 21st – Ascension Day

Today is Ascension Day -celebrated by the Christian Church as the day in which the Resurrected Jesus ascended to heaven watched by His disciples.

It is portrayed in today’s featured video – Episode 3 of Risen! The Musical – “Galilee to The Ascension.”

My sincere thanks to my old friend Ross Gill for dividing the whole of Risen! The Musical into three “bite sized” episodes.

Today is also the anniversary of the fifth anniversary of the first professional production of Risen! The Musical – May 21st 2015. It was performed at the Coventry Pentecost Festival

Quote of the week

You’ll never get to a person’s soul until you understand their hurts.

Ravi Zacharias

Blog May 18th Roberta Cousins


Roberta and Ken at Holy Rood Church


Great and Marvellous featuring the Mustard Seed Girls Choir from the album Love is the Way – recorded and produced by John Hodgkinson

What a surprise I had over the weekend when my dear friend Roberta Cousins rang me from Nigeria. Roberta is a missionary there and telephoned to say that how much she had recently been blessed by the Mustard Seed song “Great and Marvellous” which is featured today,
I could not do Roberta’s amazing story justice here but will draw from my blog of March 2015 to tell you that Roberta overcome agoraphobia and a lack of support from the elders of her church to obey what she knew to be God’s call and to go to Uganda on her own – not knowing anyone and with no planned place to stay. Now, after many years and despite continuous bouts of malaria Roberta is still in Uganda preaching, evangelising and blessing the local people of Kampala and the surrounding villages- a true “Woman of God.”
On 11th of November 2000 Roberta gave me a book in which to write thoughts and verses – the book had a card inside from Uganda with a picture on the front of Martha and Mary with Jesus – Mary at His feet with Martha looking on irritated as she prepares Sudza en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sadza Inside Roberta wrote “A Word from the Lord” for me – it is something that I often turn to for encouragement when things don’t seem to be going well – most especially in all that is connected with Mustard Seed Songs. Here is an extract – it’s the part that begins “You must remain in me “ that I need to constantly remind myself.
Though you I will heal the broken hearted. I will bring hope to the desolate, I will strengthen the weak. I will comfort the lonely, giving my love to others as I give my love to you. You must remain in me for I am the vine that feeds you, without me you can bear no fruit. You did not choose me but I choose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my Name- this is my command love each other.
I use this book that Roberta gave me to jot down quotes that I wish to remember.
Quote for the week:
Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.
Psalm 30:5 New Living Translation

Blog April 30th A Message from Bear Gyrlls

Restore Us Lord God Almighty (Shearsmith/Maynard) featuring Lucy Stimpson-Maynard from the album “Where Would I Be Without You?” recorded and produced by Ross Gill

Although this message from Bear Grylls was intended as an Easter Sunday message I still feel it appropriate for the challenging times in which we are, at present, living.

Today’s featured song is again chosen as it appropriate for these times. I remember singing songs that God had inspired me to make up to Lucy Stimpson- Maynard. Just about every time Lucy would give me a nice look of acceptance. However on one occasion I remember the verse of a song (in fact this song ) had not been God inspired but had been rather “forced” by me. I could tell by Lucy’s face that it did not work, but then I remembered a melody that Lucy herself had composed for a school concert- so we used Lucy’s melody for the song’s verse and mine for the chorus.

“Restore Us Lord God Almighty”

Why have You rejected us?
Why Lord do You hide Your face?
How long oh Lord will it be?
We cry out from this lonely place.

You’ve put us in the darkest depths,
Lord our eyes are dim with grief,
Oh Lord the God who saves us,
Hear our prayer to be released.

Restore us Lord God Almighty,
Make Your face shine upon us,
That we might be saved,
Return to us Lord God Almighty,
Revive us and we’ll call on Your Name.

Your wrath lies heavy upon us,
We’re overwhelmed with Your waves,
We spread our hand out to You,
Is Your love declared in the grave?

Restore us Lord God Almighty,
Make Your face shine upon us,
That we might be saved,
Return to us Lord God Almighty,
Revive us and we’ll call on Your Name.

Lord we call on Your Name.

Taken from Psalms 80 and 88.
Inspired by devotions in “Every Day With Jesus”

Quote of the week

Don’t count the days- make the days count.
Muhammad Ali

Blog April 23rd Chris Wickland on BBC One

BBC Close Calls on Camera

“In Times of Trouble” featuring Lucy Stimpson- Maynard from the album ” I Look Up To The Heavens” recorded and produced by John Hodginson

Back in November 2018 I talked about Chris Wickland who played guitar in the Mustard Seed Soul Band but who is now a leader of the Living Word Church.  In December of last year and on January 30th this year I wrote about his recent near death experience. Well yesterday that was one of two featured events on the BBC One programme “Close Calls.” It was such a good programme that I have made it the feature for today.

I have also chosen a song from Mustard Seed’s first album “I Look Up To The Heavens.” It is called “In Times of Trouble” – I trust the words are appropriate for the difficult times in which we are living.
In Times of Trouble”

Back in November 2018 I talked about Chris Wickland who played guitar in the Mustard Seed Soul Band but who is now a leader of the Living Word Church. In December of last year and on January 30th this year I wrote about his recent near death experience. Well yesterday that was one of two featured events on the BBC One programme “Close Calls.” It was such a good programme that I have made it the feature for today.
I have also chosen a song from Mustard Seed’s first album “I Look Up To The Heavens.” It is called “In Times of Trouble” – I trust the words are appropriate for the difficult times in which we are living.

In Times of Trouble
In times of trouble oh Lord You’re my Shepherd,
You comfort me with Your staff and Your rod,
You say “Do not fear for I’ll always be with you,
Be not dismayed for I am Your God,
I will strengthen and I will help you,
I’ll uphold you with my right hand. ”
These words of love I take to my heart,
And I cast my cares on you Lord.

Oh Lord with You I shall not want,
You lead and guide me with light radiant,
You restore my soul my cup overflows,
Your goodness and love follow me

Oh Lord with You I shall not want,
Oh Lord with You I shall not want,
Oh Lord with You I shall not want,
I shall not want, for Your love follows me.

Taken from Psalm 23 and Isaiah 41:10

Quote of the week
Everything may not be perfect. There are things that may need to change, but you have the grace to be happy today.
Joel Osteen