Reflection questions for 19 October

Jane Williams’ reflections for 19 October are concerned entirely with the Gospel passage. This reading is the Pharisees’ intended trap for Jesus regarding payment of the census tax and his answer to them.

The questions provided are intended to help each listener to consider how their lives respond to both the state and the call of God to be active in giving “to God what belongs to God”.

(But note that the hymns and songs page utilises all the readings for the day).

Happy reflecting!

Ian

Updates today for 12 October

Jane Williams Reflection questions/activities updated today, as well as the hymns and songs page. We’ve focused on the banquet imagery this week.

Our Local Shared Ministry Conference is nearly upon us. If you are attending we will be introducing the above resources at one of the sessions and would be pleased to hear from anyone who has been making use of them, and how that has been working (or not!).

We have a couple of people lined up for that purpose, but more comments will be welcome.

Ian

 

Updates for 5 October

RCL Hymns and songs page, and Jane Williams reflections page are both updated today for 5 October. Apologies for delay due to illness.

We would appreciate prayer for our annual LSM conference which begins on October 3.

One of the things we plan to do is to record demo tracks of new hymn and song material that attendees will be able to use to introduce them easily to their congregations.

Ian

Hymns Without Words

Wow! Just stumbled across this large repository of hymn and song material, Hymns Without Words, which has free downloadable mp3s of traditional hymn accompaniments (in various styles), and samples of newer tunes, which are useful if you don’t know them. Although it’s titled “Without Words”, there are actually a lot of texts on the site as well. Both hymn titles and tunes can be searched (see the top right of the page). Some of these would be very helpful if you are short of a musician.

Ian

Updates today & Cantus Mundi

Updates are available for 21 September in Jane Williams Reflections & Lectionary Hymns and Songs.

Also a plug for Cantus Mundi (Showcasing Christian music from around the world). The tags provide a wealth of material on themes you might be looking for. Everything seems to be performance videos with texts. Check it out!

Ian