19th September 2021
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Every Creature a Word of God

Every Creature a Word of God (Downloadable book)
Compassion for animals as Christian spirituality

Annika Spalde & Pelle Strindlund

Care for creation includes examining our attitude to all our fellow-inhabitants of Planet Earth, not only the human ones. Annika Spalde and Pelle Strindlund have put together an authoritative and highly readable book on Christian attitudes past and present towards the animal inhabitants of our world, as well as describing their own work for justice. But this isn’t just a book about protecting animals; it is full of wide-ranging insights and experiences which also make it an inspiration towards living an all-encompassing Christian spirituality with compassion at its heart.

‘This is a book about being Christian in a world shared with other beings. We do not live here alone. We have brothers and sisters. “The animals,” wrote the American monk Thomas Merton (1915-68), “are the children of God.” What does a spirituality that affirms God’s love for all creatures look like? That is the central question of this book …'

From the Introduction

Only available as an e-book

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Celebrating Love for All God’s Creation - download

Celebrating Love for All God’s Creation (PDF download)
An all-age communion service for the Feast of Saint Francis

(including a blessing of animals)

Nancy Cocks

Digital download: An all-age communion inspired by the story of St Francis of Assisi. For use on 4th October, the Feast of St Francis, or at other times. Includes a blessing of animals. 11 pages.

‘Francis believed we should pay attention to everything God made, not just people who need help but every single thing around us. He thought that the spirit of life within each creature calls to that same spirit of life in all other creatures. That’s why we feel sorry for animals when they’re young or hurt and need help. And we feel for plants growing, even the ground we walk on and the stars in the sky, because we remember God cares for every precious little detail in the world. In the whole universe, even!’

For more information and to see a sample
Companions on the Journey - download

Companions on the Journey (PDF download)
A blessing of pets and animals who are a part of our lives

Thom M Shuman

Digital download: A service of appreciation and blessing for all the non-human beings who accompany us, in gratitude for their friendship, loyalty and unconditional love. ‘Pets are visible signs of that invisible grace God fills us with in each and every moment of our lives.’ 8 pages.

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Every Single Creature - sheet music

Every Single Creature – single song
(Sheet music – PDF download)
A song for children and all-age worship

David McNeish

Sheet music download: A song for children and all-age worship which has emerged from the composer’s work with young people and has been ‘extensively road-tested with real living children’. Sheet music and words – 2 pages.

From the Every Single Creature collection

For more information and to listen to the song
Recently published
Living Faithfully in the Time of Creation

Living Faithfully in the Time of Creation

Kathy Galloway & Katharine M Preston

See special e-book offer below.

For celebrating Creationtide mindfully in an age of environmental emergency, a resource from the Iona Community’s Common Concern Network on the Environment.

Reflections, essays, hymns, songs and liturgical resources from more than twenty writers around the world, covering the twelve weeks from September, through the United Nations COP conference … and future years.

If you buy the print version of this book before the end of September 2021, you will automatically receive the e-book version free for immediate use, as the physical book will not be available until after August 19th. Please note that any other physical items ordered at the same time will be held back until Living Faithfully in the Time of Creation is available to be sent out.

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Autumn

Autumn
Liturgical resources for August, September and October including Ordinary Time and Harvest

Ruth Burgess

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This liturgical resource book for the months of August, September and October includes prayers, responses, stories, poems, liturgies, songs, reflections, scripts and monologues for the Christian seasons of Transfiguration, Ordinary Time and Harvest, as well as Angels’ and Saints’ days, World Day of Communion, Creation Time and All Hallows’ Eve. There are also poems for autumn, reflections on autumn leaves and fruits and autumn blessings.

The material is written by Iona Community members, associates, friends and others.

If you buy the print version of this book before the end of September 2021, you will automatically receive the e-book version free for immediate use, as the physical book will not be available until after August 12th. Please note that any other physical items ordered at the same time will be held back until Autumn is available to be sent out.

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