Notre Dame on fire by John Crothers

Notre Dame on Fire – hymn

A sad conflagration, now Paris is grieving, the fire crews have struggled to dowse and control, so much has been ruined, yet memory still rises, God’s grace will enliven rebuilding its soul. For hundreds of years generations have worshipped, the river has flowed near where people have prayed. Now voices are silent, the hearts of the people are rending at …

Good Friday

There is no glory in this cross There is no glory in this cross, nor in a crown of thorn, just hard derision, fearful hate and rising human scorn. There is no joy to see a son, his tendons taut and strained, he hangs, discarded garbage now, his life blood dried, or drained. How dare we alleluia praise, or thank …

Christmas Hymn

An unmarried mother gave birth in a stable by Andrew Pratt An unmarried mother gave birth in a stable, some saw a fulfilment of all they had heard, to others this story, the birth of the Godhead, was more than amazing, was frankly absurd. Some delved into scripture and said that a virgin, was destined to carry a child who …

Bulletin 293 Volume 21 No12 Autumn 2017

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‘When Two Stars Collide’

A new hymn text from Andrew Pratt Two stars collide, but love is not diminished,while ripples thunder out through time and space,the universe has shuddered down the centuries,but nothing will unsettle given grace.We look into the void, detect the differencewhere gravity, disrupted, ripples on.Our understanding, stressed through awe and wonder,can count again the knowledge that’s been won.Yet wisdom is much …

Bulletin 276 Volume 20 No7 Summer 2013

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Bulletin 274 Volume 20 No5 Winter 2013

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Bulletin 273 Volume 20 No4 Autumn 2012

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Short Guide No 10: What are the Pastoral Considerations when Using Hymns?

The pastoral use of hymns covers both the occasional offices of the church – baptism, weddings and funerals – but also those relating to healing and healing services. It is also necessary to examine the pastoral impact of hymns in ordinary and seasonal acts of worship. Here are some principles which may be applied in various contexts. General pastoral criteria …

Bulletin 272 Volume 20 No3 Summer 2012

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