1 February 2015 (Candlemas)

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.

Ian

Music for January 4 (and 6)

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.

Please click here for video, hymn, and song suggestions.

Happy new year! Why not make it a resolution to learn a few new songs and hymns this year?

Ian

Reflection/action for December 28

This Jane Williams reflections page has been updated today. If you want to make use of the suggested congregational action/reflection you will need to do some preparation in advance as the entry makes clear (but not too much!)

The goal of this reflection is to remind us all that Christmas is a broader focus than the Christ-child: that the incarnation invites us all into the life of God as daughters and sons, if only we open ourselves to the Gift of God.

Christmas blessings,

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

Music for Advent 4

Advent greetings as you are in the midst of busy preparations!

Click here (or choose the page above) for Songs & hymns, a recording and a video for Advent 4, with the major focus being on the Magnificat. Material is for 21 December 2014.

Ian