This Jane Williams reflections page has been updated today. If you want to make use of the suggested congregational action/reflection you will need to do some preparation in advance as the entry makes clear (but not too much!)
The goal of this reflection is to remind us all that Christmas is a broader focus than the Christ-child: that the incarnation invites us all into the life of God as daughters and sons, if only we open ourselves to the Gift of God.
A meditative responsive action has been suggested to follow the reading aloud of Jane Williams’ reflection for Advent 3(B). You will need a bloom for each person, and a couple of other items as detailed on the page. A suitable hymn to conclude the meditation is also suggested.
Some of you have been anticipating the availability of our demo tracks of the songs we learned at Conference this year. Thanks for your patience. I did promise them by Advent, and now they’re ready after digital editing and mastering to polish them up and make them as consistent as possible. We did a great job given the limits of time, setting and resources, supported by the talents of Josh Jones and Sandy Robertson.
Please use them to familiarize music groups and congregations, but don’t forget to have a suitable licence for reproducing words or music.
The two most used are: LicenSing (more for mainline, liturgical congregations)
CCLI favoured by congregations with more contemporary worship song styles.
You can download the tracks individually from Soundcloud right now.
Sometimes broadband speeds (especially wireless connections) are just not fast enough to play a video clip live from the internet. Embarrassing pauses happen.
What you want is to be able to download the clip so that it is available on your device for reliable use.
Sure, there is useful free software out there. But why not do it in the cloud? Savefrom to the rescue! Just go to the video you want and copy the address, then go to http://en.savefrom.net/ and paste it in. The site will ask you what kind of download you want – usually you’ll want the best quality available.
Here’s an example that you might want to use as a meditation, post-sermon or post-communion song during the Christmas season. Top drawer stuff!
Jane Williams’ questions have been updated today, with a corrected date for the “Judgment of the Nations” reading (to 23 November) and a short but pointed set of questions for the Parable of the Investment (Talents) 16 November.
These readings bring us to the conclusion of Year A.
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.
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.
New material supplementing the Jane Williams reflections page is posted today, as is a list of 15 hymns and songs suitable for 26 October, when the Gospel focus is on Jesus’ twin commandments to love God and neighbour (as oneself). Jane Williams picks the life of the Thessalonians as her focus, so the hymns also consider the life of faith as we experience it together.