A musical Christmas gift

“Glad music fills the Christmas sky”, a carol by Michael Perry appears in the much used hymnal “Hymns for Today’s Church” (#82) but is unfortunately little used. The words can also be found online .

The folk tune “O Waly Waly” suits these words well, and I’ve created an upbeat and full-sounding accompaniment track (which includes the melody). It’s uploaded as a very high-quality mp3 which you can play from a device or burn to CD. If you use it, please do submit a comment.

 

Download it fromSoundCloud.

Jane Williams for Year B

We have begun a new Jane Williams Reflections page for the new church year beginning November 30 (Year B, the Year of Mark). Questions and creative ideas for using Jane’s material are on this new page. This week’s focus is on spiritual practice associated with “staying awake” or “being fully present to the moment”.

Ian

Music for final Sunday of Year A

Planning for 23 November – two themes:

5 NZ Hymns for Aotearoa Sunday and 14 for the Reign of Christ have just been posted. Mix and match! Natalie Sims provided much of the content for the latter list, and Chris Harris also contributed.

Ian

Updates and Eucharistic Prayers

Updates for Jane Williams’ reflection questions and ideas are posted through until November 16. Music lists are also available for all those dates, but the 16 November is a provisional list only, music-wise. There are some really good Youtube clips.

EUCHARISTIC PRAYERS

Did you know that there are many Eucharistic Prayers that you can use, including those authorized by Anglican Churches around the world? For example, Bosco Peters has provided a significant collection, including ones to use with children here .

There are two from the Church of England on this page. But do note that our NZ  prayers use language which is much more inclusive!

In the Diocese of Auckland, if you are creating liturgy, say, according to the rubrics on p.511ff), your Enabler should review it before use, or you can approach a bishop directly for approval.