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A note from Wild Goose



There’s a new book by Ruth Burgess for Winter coming soon for which we can take advance orders by phone. We also list more resources for Advent and some seasonal downloads for All Hallows’ Eve, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

Photo: Path across the dunes © David Coleman


Coming soon

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Liturgical resources for November,
December and January

(Book – advance orders being taken)

Ruth Burgess

Another magnificent collection of seasonal resources from Ruth Burgess is on its way. Winter covers the months of November, December and January. It includes prayers, stories, responses, songs, poems, reflections and meditations, written by Iona Community members, associates, friends and others, and the major Christian festivals of All Saints’, Advent, Christmas and Epiphany, as well as material for Remembrance, Blue Christmas, Christingle, New Year and Christian Unity.

Resource books for spring, autumn and winter will follow.

This book does not yet appear on our website and probably won't be available until mid-November (apologies!), but if you would like to order it in advance, you can do so by phone to our office – +44 (0)141 429 7281 – and it will be sent out to you as soon as it is published. Price £14.99 plus p&p.


More Advent resources

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Hear My Cry

A daily prayer book for Advent


Ruth Burgess

A daily prayer book for Advent which can also be used as a prayer journal. Each day includes a Bible verse, an Advent cry and suggestions for prayer. The pages can be added to and personalised, with line drawings that can be coloured in and space to add your own pictures, reflections and prayers. Instructions for three workshops on writing Advent cries are also included.

For more information and to see a sample

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Daily devotions for Advent

(Book and e-book)

Thom Shuman

Personal and universal, imaginative and biblically rooted daily reflections for the four weeks of Advent. ‘Reading one of Thom’s books is like walking and talking with a friend. Someone who understands the fragility and failings of being human (and himself) but who continues to laugh, and to hope and work for the coming of the Light.’

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version

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Innkeepers and Light Sleepers

Seventeen songs for Christmas

(Songbook and CD)

John L. Bell, Graham Maule and the Wild Goose Collective

A range of gutsy and earthy congregational, choral and solo songs very different from traditional Christmas carols. Available as a songbook and as a separate audio CD. Listen to extracts of the songs on the web pages relating to these items.

For the book (and audio extracts from the songs)

For the CD (and audio extracts from the songs)

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Advent Readings from Iona

(Book and e-book)

Brian Woodcock & Jan Sutch Pickard

Celebrate Christmas with reflections and prayers for each day of Advent. This effective antidote to the commercialism of the festive season can be used for individual meditation or group worship. The authors are former Wardens of Iona Abbey and the MacLeod Centre on the Isle of Iona.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version


Some seasonal downloads

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All Hallows’ (PDF Download)

Various contributors

Digital download: Resources for All Hallows’ Eve – A short two-act play, a service for Samhain, three poems and a meditation, taken from the book Acorns and Archangels, by Ruth Burgess. 11 pages.

For more information and to see a sample

For the whole book Acorns and Archangels

For the e-book Acorns and Archangels

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Saints Alive! (PDF Download)

An all-age service for All Saints’

Nancy Cocks

Digital download: An all-age service about what makes a saint and where they are to be found – mainly in the world all around us. Incorporates the story of the five loaves and two fishes. 6 pages.

For more information and to see a sample

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The Saints of God Are Down Our Street (PDF Download)

A liturgy and readings for All Saints’

Ian M Fraser

Digital download: Worship and reflective resources for All Saints’ Day, with an emphasis on the saintliness of ordinary people. As Ian Fraser says: ‘Saints are a rag-tag-and-bobtail army of those who look to God and fight alongside God to transform the world’s life to fulfil his creative intention for it … Saints are not church-appointed but Spirit-anointed. Their lives may be prominent or quite obscure. They need not fit in with ecclesiastically preferred models. They need not be church-affiliated. They are Kingdom people …’ 16 pages.

For more information and to see a sample

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Service for All Souls (PDF Download)

Jan Sutch Pickard

Digital download: A liturgy for those from whom we are separated, taken from the book Praying for the Dawn by Ruth Burgess and Kathy Galloway. 3 pages.

For more information and to see a sample

For the whole book Praying for the Dawn: A Resource Book for the Ministry of Healing

For the e-book version of Praying for the Dawn


Thanks for your contributions

To all who sent contributions to a new Wild Goose book about Iona edited by Neil Paynter, he says:

‘Thank you to everyone who sent me material for the Iona book – there were so many beautiful stories, reflections, poems, prayers, memories … I just wanted to let you all know that I'm working on this book and will get back in contact with you all as soon as I can. The book is scheduled to be published by Wild Goose in the first half of 2017. Thanks again, Neil.


Browse our Advent, Christmas & Epiphany resources

– Books

– E-books

– Downloads/e-liturgies

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