Musical Monday: O-Week/Highlanders

It’s Orientation Week here in Dunedin, more commonly known as O-Week.  It’s the opening week of the Otago University year so the city and more particularly around the Uni area, is a hive of activity with students finalising course details, getting information overload and for the first year students, orienting themselves with the campus, their halls of residence and the goings-on in Dunedin.  This week heralds lots of pop up tents around campus, lots of gigs and after parties, and not least of all, a Super Rugby game on the Friday night with the Highlanders hosting another team, usually from New Zealand.

This Friday night the Highlanders take on the Chiefs (Waikato) and my family and I are going to the game with some friends.  This will be interesting because I’m a Highlanders fan, along with our friends, but my husband and his parents (who will also be with us) hail from Chiefs country!  So come Friday night after the game, half of our house will be rejoicing and the other half pretty quiet I imagine…..

It’s been a number of years since I’ve been to a live rugby game, but I love the atmosphere – it’s incredible.  When I was a student down here in Dunedin, I went to a few rugby games at “The Brook” (Carisbrook – also called the house of pain due to it being a difficult ground for visiting teams) and were among the many students dressed in blue and gold, waving Highlanders flags and standing on ‘the terraces’ part of the stadium.

The song I’ve picked for Musical Monday was always sung at half time.  This particular video is from 1999, recorded by David Fahey, it shows the students all dressed up on the Terraces, singing along.  The rugby games have since moved to Forsyth Barr Stadium and the Highlanders aren’t known as the Otago Highlanders any more so I wonder if this song still gets sung?  Possibly not.  But we will find out on Friday I guess………

Otago Highlanders – that’s our name,
Otago Highlanders – here to play the game
Otago Highlanders – winning is our aim
Welcome to the House of Pain!


Musical Monday: Coming Alive

This a song we’ve done a few times at our new church and I really like it.  It’s from Grace Vineyard Church in Christchurch, NZ

Have a listen!


Your light breaks through the night, we’re coming alive, coming alive
Your Name breaks every chain, we’re coming alive, coming alive



“When you worship Me, you connect with Me in a powerful way that transcends time and circumstances. I live in your praises, and you live and move and have your being in Me. Praising Me draws you into the depths of My Presence, where you can glimpse My Power and Glory.”

-Sarah Young


Another good bit from Ps. Jack Hayford in my Bible devo this morning, about our passion for God:

A Passion for God

God is far more interested in our personal passion for Him than He is in our academic perceptions about Him.

I’m not indifferent toward the value of systematic theology, or solidly grounded understanding but I believe God is far more interested in finding passionate people who desire His life and love than He is in cultivating precise people who stop after describing His being and their beliefs.

Musical Monday: What a Beautiful Name

From the first time I heard this song, I’ve loved it.

We moved cities not long after that and the church we have settled in, in our new city, sing this song regularly.

I love the journey it takes you on, the story it tells, the progression it makes until the powerful proclamation of the bridge and final chorus:


Death could not hold You, the veil tore before You
You silence the boast of sin and grave
The heavens are roaring the praise of Your glory
For You are raised to life again
You have no rival, You have no equal
Now and forever God You reign
Yours is the Kingdom, Yours is the glory
Yours is the Name above all names…

What a powerful Name it is, what a powerful Name it is,
The Name of Jesus Christ my King
What a powerful Name it is, norhing can stand against
What a powerful Name it is, the Name of Jesus…