Resourcing February 8

Hymns and songs focusing on the ministry of healing have been listed on this page today. The Jane Williams reflection help concerns our responses to the task of Proclamation and how we feel about that.

Another useful resource if you are stuck for musicians:

http://www.hymnswithoutwords.com/hymns/Hymn_lyrics 

This website has 400 accompaniments for well-known hymns and songs, many of which are free to download (and burn to CD, or whatever works). You can also subscribe for high-quality recordings, although what’s on offer will be adequate for many.

Ian

1 February 2015 (Candlemas)

February 1 has the Principal Feast of “The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple (Candlemas)” which can be observed on the Monday following. The hymn and song selections largely presume you will use the Candlemas readings, but if instead you are using those for the 4th Sunday after Epiphany there are music suggestions for those lections too.

Jane Williams offers reflections on Sunday readings only, so the Epiphany 4 readings apply in that case.

Ian

Music for January 4 (and 6)

We have made the assumption that most congregations will observe Epiphany (The Visit of the Magi) on January 4, rather than having a separate celebration on January 6. However, there are some suggestions for the Second Sunday after Christmas, if you choose that set of readings instead, where the Gospel reading is from John 1.

Please click here for video, hymn, and song suggestions.

Happy new year! Why not make it a resolution to learn a few new songs and hymns this year?

Ian

New Bicentennial song

PCANZ has released a song to commemorate the arrival of the gospel in Aotearoa and the life of God’s church here. In my opinion it is a very fine piece of work, professionally and movingly filmed and performed. A great addition to your bicentennial celebrations!

 

Music December 28

A list of hymns, carols and songs for the first Sunday of Christmas is published today. A number of these have links to words and music to help you broaden the range beyond merely recycling carols from Christmas Day. There are a handful of different suggestions from “Carol our Christmas”, too.

If you haven’t time to learn something new, the “Carol our Christmas” CD has some very attractive performances which could serve as meditation material during your service.

There are also quite a few traditional tunes with words appropriate for the day.

Christmas blessings!

Ian