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Posted: 02 Feb 2016 16:10
Bible Refs: Psalm 55:1-9
Written By: Bob Hartman
Lectionary Weeks: Third Sunday in Lent (Year C)

This is a dramatised version of Psalm 55 for two readers. It brings some of the themes to life in a conversational style. Extract from the script: A    Are you thirsty? B    I am! A    Then come. Come to the waters.       Are you skint? B     I am! A     Then come. The milk and...

Posted: 02 Feb 2016 15:56
Bible Refs: Psalm 91
Written By: Dave Hopwood
Lectionary Weeks: First Sunday in Lent (Year C)

This riffs on some of the themes of Psalm 91. You could explain that “will say to the LORD” is a cue for the congregation to respond to the words in bold type.   Extract from the prayer: Those who live in the shelter of the Most High, those who abide in the...

Posted: 02 Feb 2016 11:26
Media Types: photos, images
Written By: Kieran Metcalfe

These are three packs of high-quality photographs themed around the cross of Christ, available to purchase for download. Each Lent at our church, we open our services with a short liturgy - each week focussing on a different symbol from the Passion story. I thought it would be helpful to have...

Posted: 25 Jan 2016 11:43
Media Types: Prayer, Bible reading
Bible Refs: Psalm 51
Written By: Dave Hopwood
Lectionary Weeks: Ash Wednesday (Year C)

This is a prayer based on Psalm 51, which can be used as part of an act of confession. Excerpt from the prayer: Have mercy on us, O Lord, according to your incomparable, extraordinary love. 
You know about our wrongs and our mistakes and our brokenness. Cleanse us through and through, renew us,...

Posted: 25 Jan 2016 11:36
Bible Refs: Luke 9:34-35
Written By: Dave Hopwood
Lectionary Weeks: Transfiguration Sunday (Year C)

This poem thinks forward to how the words spoken over Jesus at the transfiguration apply to us, as we are 'in Christ' God's chosen children. It could work well as a kind of blessing or benediction. Extract from the poem: As they were on the mountain a cloud came down. And a voice...

Posted: 14 Jan 2016 08:19
Bible Refs: Luke 2:25-35
Written By: Dave Hopwood
Lectionary Weeks: Presentation of The Lord (Year C)

A creative poem which unpacks the thoughts of Simeon, as the infant Jesus is presented in the temple. The repeated refrain is from Luke 2:34. There are contemporary resonances with issues of injustice - you could link this into prayers of intercession. Extract from the script: As the old man looks into...

Posted: 14 Jan 2016 08:05
Media Types: Bible reading, script
Bible Refs: Phil 3:17-4:1
Written By: Bob Hartman
Lectionary Weeks: Second Sunday in Lent (Year C)

A two-handed reading, paraphrasing Philippians 3:17-4:1. Extract from the script: Reader 1 - Brothers! Sisters! Do what I do. Live your lives together after my example. Imitate those who imitate me. Reader 2 - The thing is, there are many who don't do that. They live their lives as if they are enemies...

Posted: 11 Jan 2016 09:33
Media Types: script, drama, Bible reading
Written By: Sara Hargreaves
Lectionary Weeks: Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany (Year C)

A very straight reading of Paul's summary of the gospel in 1 Cor 15, but made fun and engaging by a second character who interjects, clarifies and adds humour. A great all-age Bible reading with an important message. Extract of the script: Paul:    Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you...

Posted: 11 Jan 2016 09:02
Media Types: Poetry, reflection
Bible Refs: 1 Cor 13:1-13
Written By: Dave Hopwood
Lectionary Weeks: Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany (Year C)

This poem develops the familliar ideas from 1 Cor 13. It touches on some of the more difficult aspects of love. It turns towards the source and high point of love - Christ's death on the cross. Extract from the poem: Love is patient and kind. It is not jealous or conceited or...

Bible Refs: Ex 34:29-35
Written By: Sara Hargreaves
Lectionary Weeks: Transfiguration Sunday (Year C)

This version of Exodus 34:29-35 uses repetition to help the congregation reflect on the words. Read slowly and invite the listeners to close their eyes, and listen out for God's word to them. Excerpt from the script: When Moses came down from Mount Sinai. When Moses came down from Mount Sinai     with the...

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Linking Songs - Why and How?
Here is an article we wrote for the Royal School of Church Music's magazine Sunday By Sunday, on Linking Songs and Flow. We also filmed a video to demonstrate the different...
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