Hymn of the Day - Advent to Epiphany

Dec 30 They sat in shocked amazement – Martin Leckebusch

Martin Leckebusch (1962 – ) Martin E Leckebusch © Author tune: SALLEY GARDENS (Irish tradtional) Public Domain Martin Leckebusch They sat in shocked amazement; the sky was dark once more, the night around them silent where half an hour before the air was rich with music, the sky ablaze with light where messengers from heaven had torn apart the night. …

Hymn of the Day - Advent to Epiphany

Dec 20 Creation’s vast treasure – Martin Leckebusch

Martin E Leckebusch (1962 – ) © The Jubilate Group Used By Permission. CCL Licence No. 1372640 Suggested tune: THE ASH GROVE (Welsh traditional) Public Domain See https://www.jubilate.co.uk/songs/creations_vast_treasure where the Warren / Peacock arrangement of the tune can be heard. Martin Leckebusch Creation’s vast treasure yields joys none can measure; its beauties, its secrets,             are wondrous and wild. The …

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20 Disturb us Lord from easy lives – Leckebusch

Martin Leckebusch (1962 – ) © 2018 Kevin Mayhew Ltd. Reproduced by permission of Kevin Mayhew Ltd, (www.kevinmayhew.com). Martin Leckebusch Let’s think today about bowls, and potatoes, and wind. But first, we’ll read from Matthew 4: As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a …

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12 Guide me O Thou great Jehovah – Leckebusch

Peter Williams (1717-1791), from William Williams (1727-1796) Public Domain Martin Leckebusch Three years ago our conference was held in Carmarthen. If you were there, you’ll remember the excursion which took us, one afternoon, down narrow country lanes barely wider than our hired minibuses. Our destination was the old farmhouse where the hymn writer William Williams lived in the eighteenth century. …

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01 O God of earth and altar – Leckebusch

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936)Public Domain Martin Leckebusch It’s natural, when something disruptive or threatening happens, to ask why – why this, why now, why me? Whether the tragedy is personal (bereavement, maybe redundancy) or more far-reaching (flooding, or even a pandemic), people look for reasons. And often, whether spoken or not, there is the question: What have I done to …

The Secretary’s Newsletter: No.75: Winter 2018

Secretary’s Newsletter 75 Winter 2018

The Secretary’s Newsletter: No.75: Winter 2018 From the Secretary: Revd Robert A. Canham Windrush Braithwaite KESWICK CA12 5SZ Phone: 017687 78054 Email: Please see our Contact page This Quarter’s mailing: With this mailing you will find enclosed the 2017 Festival of Hymns booklet from our Carmarthen Conference which was deferred from our Autumn (October) 2017 mailing. The accompanying Commentary to …

Bulletin 293 Volume 21 No12 Autumn 2017

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Bulletin 286 Volume 21 No5 Winter 2016

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Short Guide No 16: What are the Relative Benefits of Hymn Books, Service Sheets or Projectors?

Developments in technology have expanded the range of ways in which hymns can be presented during a service. No longer is it automatically assumed that hymn and service books will be handed out at the door. Even where they are, the time will come to replace these books—and then other options can usefully be explored. Among other possibilities, two of …

Bulletin 274 Volume 20 No5 Winter 2013

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Short Guide No 14: Building a Hymn Repertoire

Even with a single hymn book, a typical congregation probably has more hymns at their disposal than they can realistically use; add a supplementary book and access to online resources, and the choice rapidly becomes unmanageable. It is, however, possible to tap into these diverse sources and construct a workable repertoire for a congregation’s use. Here are some hints and …

Short Guide No 6: What Makes A Good Hymn?

Answering this question inevitably contains a subjective element: a hymn which one person finds comforting can seem mawkish to someone else, while one believer’s treasured old favourite can sound dated to another Christian. Here, as food for thought, are five balances and five contrasts which may help to identify hymns of quality… Five Balances A good hymn balances… Theology and …