Psalm 23, 11 May 14

The 'Shepherd Psalm' needs no introduction or commentary here, so none is offered. If you have the vague feeling that you  have read that somewhere previously, it's just the post for 30 March, unashamedly copied almost holus-bolus. Music You may imagine this psalm to be irrevocably associated with Jessie Irving's famous tune CRIMOND. This week however, not the … Continue reading Psalm 23, 11 May 14

Psalm 23, 30 March 14

The 'Shepherd Psalm' needs no introduction or commentary here, so none is offered. Music You may imagine this one to be irrevocably associated with Jessie Irving's famous tune CRIMOND. This week however, being the last Sunday of the month, we take advantage of the presence of a male voice quartet to do something different. Remaining respectful … Continue reading Psalm 23, 30 March 14

Modernised chant

In a previous post I noted that this week we use a John Bell tune to sing Canticle 9 from Isaiah with the children. (The canticles sometimes replace or appear with the psalm set in the lectionary.) Anyone at all is welcome to join us to help us lead the 'Hallelujah for evermore' response. This … Continue reading Modernised chant

Taizé, 6 Oct 13

The service on Sunday 6 October will be after the meditative Taizé tradition. The ecumenical Taizé community is in a village in France, not far from the ancient abbey of Cluny. Here, it's not only the bells at the entrance to grounds that interrupt the meditative silence. Despite the placards inviting arriving worshippers to leave their chatter … Continue reading Taizé, 6 Oct 13

The feather flew

The feather flew, not because of anything in itself but because the air bore it along. Thus I am a feather on the breath of God. - Hildegard of Bingen Word and song from a thousand years ago flew easily and lightly again today, carrying our imaginations and spirits with them. We are grateful for all … Continue reading The feather flew

Hildegard, 22 Sep 13

Chant after Spiritui sancto, a song about St Ursula and the eleven thousand virgins, by Hildegard of Bingen, for 22 Sep 13. To be presented by a women's group, accompanied by hurdy-gurdy, recorder and percussion, and with readings from the works of Hildegard. Download> LISTEN>