9th August 2020
Traigh Ban nam Manach

Photo: Abbey and sheep © Mark Scholefield

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New book
Journeys in Community

Journeys in Community
Father-daughter conversations about faith, love, doubt and hope

John Harvey & Ruth Harvey

A book of reflections, meditations and prayers for Advent and Christmas, Lent, Holy Week and Easter, Ascension and Pentecost arising out of conversations about faith, love, doubt and hope.

This book began as a birthday gift. For her 50th birthday Ruth asked her family not for material presents, but for gifts of time and experiences. What followed included long talks with her father about the deep stories of their shared spiritual journey.

John and Ruth write: ‘It has been a privilege to spend time in each other’s company around the kitchen table and in a chilly Glasgow study. For us it has been a profound experience. We hope that in sharing a part of this story, it may encourage others on a similar journey of shared gifts and faith.’

John Harvey is a retired minister of the Church of Scotland who was part of the experimental Gorbals Group Ministry. He has been a member of the Iona Community since 1964, and has served as Warden of Iona Abbey and as Leader of the Community.

Ruth Harvey is the Leader of the Iona Community. Previously she was Director of Place for Hope, a Scottish charity accompanying churches and faith communities through times of challenge, change and conflict. She is a minister in the Church of Scotland and a Quaker.

‘This book will welcome you home, 
with justice, courage, humour and delight.’
Pádraig Ó Tuama, former Leader of the Corrymeela Community

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Resources for Harvest

For more harvest resources

In the Beginning - download

In the Beginning (PDF download)
A liturgy for Harvest Festival

Joy Mead

Digital download: A service for celebrating Harvest with an emphasis on the importance of seeds and soil, and reminding us that hunger isn’t caused by scarcity but by injustice. 11 pages.

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Ruth's Harvest - download

Ruth’s Harvest (PDF download)
Worship resources for Harvest

Tim Aldred

Digital download: Worship resources for celebrating harvest based around the biblical story of Ruth and addressing issues of injustice and poverty. Contents include a harvest service, a drama and notes for group work or a talk/sermon. 15 pages.

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We Will Tread the Earth Lightly - download

A Harvest Blessing (PDF download)
Song - full score

Philip Fox

Sheet music download: A blessing song for harvest with words and music by one of the musicians of Iona Abbey. Full score. 2 pages.

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Let Us Live Your Love - download

Let Us Live Your Love (PDF download)
Harvest prayers

David Osborne

Digital download: A short prayer of thanksgiving and a long prayer of intercession for use at harvest celebrations. 3 pages.

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Recently published
Voices Out of Lockdown

Voices Out of Lockdown

Jan Sutch Pickard (ed)

During the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown in spring 2020, many people turned to writing: diaries, letters, cards, poems. Human words, sent out across the void of our isolation, shouted into the storm over which we had no control. What we could do was communicate with each other, raise our voices against the silence of separation, argue with our own doubts, call out to God, express our fragile hope.

Here are the voices of just a few – members and associates of the Iona Community – with poems, psalms, songs, affirmations of faith and prayers written during a full and fraught ten weeks.

We offer these human words believing that when the darkness seems overwhelming, light dawns; that into the silence of our worst fears God speaks a living Word.

Jan Sutch Pickard is a member of the Iona Community, a former Warden of Iona Abbey, a storyteller, liturgist and Methodist lay preacher. She has twice served as a peace monitor with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel. Her other books include Out of Iona, A Pocket Full of Crumbs, Walking Through Advent and Sing But Keep On Walking.

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Wild Goose Publications is the publishing house of The Iona Community, a charity registered in Scotland.

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