I wrote recently about Matt Hammitt’s new album Every Falling Tear and that my favourite song on it is his duet with Audrey Assad.

I’ve been enjoying some of her music too and thought i would share some of it here. Simple, evocative worship at its best…


Every Falling Tear

‘Every Falling Tear’ is a solo album from Matt Hammitt, the lead singer and one of the founding members of Grammy-Nominated, Dove Award winning rock band Sanctus Real.

While many are familiar with the band, most people will not be aware of the painful tragedy that Hammitt and his wife went through in the last year.

After learning that the boy he and his wife Sarah were expecting would be born with a serious congenital heart defect, Matt used his music to deal with the huge challenge facing him and his family. The emotions he experienced during this difficult struggle inspired him to write the songs that would form this album.

His main focus for writing the songs was to play them at his son Bowen’s bedside in the hospital, with the hope that they would be a source of comfort for his family, as well as a reminder of God’s faithfulness in the midst of their pain and struggle.  Hammitt was then encouraged by his band mates to release these songs and did so, having utilised the assistance and talents of among others,  Leeland Mooring and Audrey Assad.

Hammitt’s vulnerable story telling uses piano and string based songs to describe moving pictures of pain and suffering, yet remaining in hope and in relationship to an eternally loving Father. With titles like ‘Trust’, ‘Holding you’ and ‘Let Go’, the album’s theme is clear and the duet with Audrey Assad on ‘Without You’ is the highlight track.

Though deeply personal, this is a truly uplifting album and without a doubt, one of the best Christian releases of the year.

(A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Every Falling Tear benefits a new non-profit Matt and Sarah Hammitt set up to help families going through similar challenges as themselves; providing assistance for families of children affected by congenital heart defects. The album can be purchased through iTunes, and other digital and physical retail stores.  For all the latest information on Bowen and Every Falling Tear, go to

Revved up!

Many congratulations to Tim Bustin who on Sunday was installed as the new vicar of St Luke’s Waikanae.

It was a great service presided over by the Bishop of Wellington and it was great to see so many people there supporting Tim and Kaye as they start their

Great that you and Kaye and the kids are sticking around for a while longer!


Quarter finals weekend

RWC2011 Quarter finals weekend here in Welly this week with the all Celtic clash on Satuday evening as Ireland take on Wales and then Sunday evening sees the Southern Hemisphere stoush between Australia and South Africa.

Ing and i will be at the beach in Waikanae with the Bustins over the weekend enjoying some time out and also no doubt, some rugby and beer!


RNZN @ 70

Over the weekend the RNZN celebrated its 70th anniversary and in order to celebrate, the capital hosted 11 of the Navy’s 12 ships.

Saturday marked the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Royal New Zealand Navy on 1 October 1941.

To celebrate the anniversary the Navy held a ceremonial changing of the Queen’s Colour at Parliament Grounds, and then paraded through Wellington City to Civic Square with with drums beating, band playing, colours flying, bayonets fixed and swords drawn.

The ceremonial party included two 100 person Royal Guards of Honour,  two Colour Guards and a number of platoons of personnel, including the RNZN Band.

Since earliest times, warriors have carried standards or flags as a distinguishing mark and to serve as a rallying point during battle. Loss of the standard often meant defeat. Protection of the standard was vital to the cause and to the tradition of the unit, which it belonged.

The first naval colour was presented to the Royal Navy in 1924 and the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy in 1926. King George VI granted a new colour in 1936, which was replaced by Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.

Following the introduction of the New Zealand White Ensign in 1968, a new colour was presented to the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) in 1970. This colour was replaced on 23 September 1991, in a ceremony at Queens Wharf, Wellington.

The ships in Wellington over the weekend were:

Anzac Class Frigates:  TE MANA ( F111) and TE KAHA (F77)

Fleet Replenishment Vessel ENDEAVOUR (A 11)

Sealift and Amphibious Support Vessel CANTERBURY (L421)

Offshore Patrol Vessels OTAGO (P148) and  WELLINGTON (P55)

Inshore Patrol Vessels PUKAKI (P3568), ROTOITI (P 3569), TAUPO (P 3570) and HAWEA (P 3571)

Hydrographic Vessel:  RESOLUTION (A 14).

The  Diving Support Vessel MANAWANUI remained in Auckland during the review.

On the Saturday a number of ships were open to the general public and these were HMNZS Te Kaha, HMNZS Canterbury, HMNZS Wellington, HMNZS Hawea and HMNZS Rotoiti.

I got up early on Friday morning to see some of the ships coming into the harbour in the bright morning sunshine and managed to get a few pictures too which was good, especially given that on Saturday thousands of people were all over the ships during the open day and on Sunday there was torrential rain!

More pictures in my Flickr set here.