We’re at Sanctum talking about music in worship. After a conversation about writing Mary’s Lullaby, Ruth Sutherland mentioned her reworking of Once in Royal David’s City to one of the other delegates. I was going to share it in the Sanctum group and discovered it had slipped through the cracks. So here it is. A
This is a really good book for the smallest room in the house. It’s just the biblical narrative (yeah, not the Sunday school nonsense) with pictures of Guinea pigs dressed up. Buy yourself a copy!
At the Christmas Rock Mass we prayed for Jesus to bring light into the dark situations around the world and in our lives. I bought a couple of paper chain making kits from eBay. With suitable music playing, people wrote their prayers on the back of their links and added them to the chain. It
Since the late 19th century, The Church has been held hostage to one of the most theologically facile songs that has ever been sung during a service. All of the accusations of “pie in the sky when you die” and a “bearded man in the sky” can be found in this universal favourite. When combined
The Nursery Rhyme Mass is one of the most interesting developments in sacramental ministry with children that I’ve come across. Fr Simon and other contributors like Mtr Leah have been using familiar tunes to engage the young and old with the sacraments. I haven’t yet had time to be able to incorporate a regular worship
Last year Bishop Steve Croft sent the clergy in his diocese a Christmas Card containing his own reworked lyrics for Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing. Ali forwarded the card to us in the New Year and we’ve been looking at how we could play it at the Christmas Rock Mass with our band Metanoia. As Ruth
Those of you who have had to listen to me pontificate about church music for any length of time will have heard me lament, quality or music, quality of lyrics, lack of scriptures and theological statements in modern music. You will have no doubt also heard me groan at the mention of most Christmas music