Preparing for Lent 3

Music resources and material for Jane Williams’ reflections have been added.

Consider using the 10 Commandments as part of your preparation for confession today (p.521 ANZPB/HKMOA) or scroll down on this page for them.

The Gospel lends itself to dramatic reading, especially if you used a male voice from the back of the assembly for the words of Jesus.

Lenten observance in churches is typically marked by the removal of decorations (flowers, banners etc.) but mere absence misses an opportunity to highlight the symbolism of the season. Dried branches, thorny bushes and stones are all appropriate enhancements. On this particular day, if you have the space, an overturned table with coins on the floor, a whip made of cords (macrame, anyone?) could be very… um… striking. For the more traditionally minded, consider one large, plain pottery vase with dried sticks and dead grasses (maize is good at this time of year in A/NZ). Go on, do something different!

Ian

Jane Williams on Advent 4

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!

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