Click here for an application of Jane Williams’ interesting comparison between the First Testament reading and the Gospel for Advent 4. So, what’s wrong with a static nativity scene?
Greetings to all who will be wrestling with the familiar Advent/Christmas texts and seeking a fresh take on them this season!
A set of questions has been posted today to supplement the Jane Williams reflection for Advent 2, Year B.
We’ve created a new page for a new liturgical year with a selection of hymns, songs and videos for creative worship as we prepare for Christ’s coming. Most videos are now embedded so that you can view them with ease. See also the post about downloading.
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).