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.
A set of questions has been posted today to supplement the Jane Williams reflection for Advent 2, 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”.
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.
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).