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29 New every morning – Halliwell

John Keble (1792-1866) Public Domain Jonathan Halliwell ‘His compassions fail not; they are new every morning’ The commemoration of John Keble in the Anglican Communion is held on 29th March, the anniversary of his death in 1866. As this occurred at the start of the lockdown prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic, I have had plenty of time to reflect on …

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26 A Touching Place – Harrison

A Touching Place John L. Bell (1949 – ) and Graham Maule (1958-2019) Copyright © 1989, 1996 Wild Goose Resource Group, c/o Iona Community, Glasgow, G2 3DH, Scotland. www.wildgoose.scot Email: wildgoose@wildgoose.scot, Used by Permission. Anne Harrison Some years ago I heard the Iona Community’s John Bell speaking about why we love particular hymns: There are intellectual reasons – the hymn …

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25 We need Each Other – Taylor

We Need Each Other’s Voice to Sing Thomas Troeger (1945 – ) © Oxford University Press Inc., Administered by Oxford University Press, Oxford, reproduced by permission. Gordon Taylor In the dawn of creation, God said, ‘It is not good for man to be alone. I will make a suitable helper for him.’ (Genesis 2: 18) Years later, an ancient thinker …

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24 Rainbow – Canham

The rainbow of God’s mercy Alan Gaunt (1935 – ) © 1991 Stainer & Bell Ltd Used by Permission of Stainer & Bell Ltd 23 Gruneisen Road, London N3 1DZ, www.stainer.co.uk Robert Canham The rainbow of God’s mercy has over-arched the years, creating joyful colours from human grief and tears; we see the dark clouds gather, we hear the thunder roll, …

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23 Praise to the holiest – Sturgess

John Henry Newman (1801-1890) Public Domain Malcolm Sturgess On October 13th last year our middle-of-the-road Anglican church in Salisbury hosted what turned out to be an ecumenical service to mark the canonisation of Cardinal Newman. Several Roman Catholics turned up, because they did not have an equivalent service of their own. I divided the service into three parts: Cardinal Newman …

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22 Mary weep not – Constable

Philippe de Grève (fl. 1236) translated by Laurence Housman (1865 – 1959) © Oxford University Press, from the English Hymnal by permission of Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. Additional verses © Douglas Constable Douglas Constable Today the Christian Church commemorates one of its most celebrated saints, Mary of Magdala. She’s special for three reasons. First: John’s Gospel told us …

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21 Lord Jesus, think on me – Garland

Synesius of Cyrene c365-414 tr. Allen William Chatfield 1808-1896 Public Domain Michael Garland It is twenty years since Common Worship was introduced by the Church of England to stand alongside The Book of Common Prayer, forming an official liturgical resource for churches and congregations wishing to use services in contemporary language. Five years after its launch came a volume of …

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18 Praise the Lord with sound-waves – Sharp

Elizabeth Cosnett (1936 – ) Elizabeth Cosnett: Praise the Lord with sound-waves © Copyright 1989 Stainer & Bell Ltd, 23 Gruneisen Road, London N3 1DZ, www.stainer.co.uk. Used by permission. Ian Sharp Music, Praise and Silence Amid all the disconcerting news about the coronavirus it came as a shock to hear that communal singing would be banned. No hymns, no hymn …

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15 The day thou gavest – Crothers

Text: John Ellerton (1826-93)Tune: ST CLEMENT, Clement C Scholefield (1839-1904)Public Domain John Crothers Picture a Sunday evening in September 1959. In the gathering twilight a primary schoolboy, not yet eleven years old, is making his way alone by bus and on foot (as was possible in those far-off days) into an empty Belfast city centre. The leader of his church …

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14 Where are the voices for the earth? – Galbraith

Shirley Erena Murray (1931-2020) © 1999 Hope Publishing Company, used by permission Douglas Galbraith A church as it seeks to renew its life and respond to new challenges – a continuous task – may appoint commissions, review its structures and its strategies, establish new partnerships in service, devise mission projects, unite in prayer. But all this time, some are writing …

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13 O father you are sovereign – Idle

Margaret Clarkson (1915–2008) © 1967, 1987 Hope Publishing Company Used by permission. Christopher Idle O Father, you are sovereign in all the worlds you made,             your mighty Word was spoken and life and light obeyed. Your voice commands the seasons and bounds the ocean’s shore,             sets stars within their courses and stills the tempest’s roar. O Father, you …