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.
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.
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Happy new year! Why not make it a resolution to learn a few new songs and hymns this year?
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.
“Who would think, despite derision,
That a child should lead the way?
God surprises earth with heaven,
Coming here on Christmas Day.”
What’s nice about this one is that, like “What child is this?” it is sung to a traditional English tune, in this case SCARLET RIBBONS (Link downloads a pdf of melody and guitar chords). I liked it so much I decided to record a sing-along track (as professionally as I could manage, decide for yourself):
It’s for those of you who are pushed for musicians at this busy time of the year. You can download a high-quality mp3 from my Soundcloud page. By the way, you can also use this arrangement to sing “What a friend we have in Jesus” at any time of the year as it’s 3 verses in 8787D!