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At last, Ruth Burgess’s new book Winter is about to be delivered to our distributor’s warehouse. Thanks to all who ordered it in advance. It will be sent out to you very soon.

We also have a new all-age download for you this week on the theme of love and the story of the Prodigal Son.

Photo: Fingal’s Cave, Isle of Staffa © David Coleman


Published this week

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Liturgical resources for November, December and January

(Book and e-book)

Ruth Burgess

Another great collection of seasonal resources from Ruth Burgess.

Winter is a liturgical resource book that covers the months of November, December and January.

It includes prayers, stories, responses, songs, poems, reflections, liturgies and meditations for the major Christian festivals of All Saints’, Advent, Christmas and Epiphany, as well as for Remembrance, Blue Christmas, Christingle, New Year, Christian Unity and other occasions. The material is written by Iona Community members, associates, friends and others.

A blessing of the dark sky be yours,
of the white moon
and the faraway stars.

A blessing of the cold earth be yours,
of the hoarfrost
and the drifts of snow.

A blessing of a warm hearth be yours,
of a lighted fire
and a loving home.

A blessing of the Trinity be yours:
Holy Spirit,

this long night
and for evermore.

From ‘This long night’ by Ruth Burgess

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version


New download

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The Heart of Things (PDF download)

An all-age exploration of the Prodigal Son

Nancy Cocks

Digital download: An all-age service exploring the different meanings of love and the story of the Prodigal Son. It also includes one of Nancy’s Fergie the Frog stories and a symbolic action involving paper, scissors and an amazing expanding heart, demonstrating how hearts can stretch to include other people. (There is a link to an online video giving practical guidance for this activity).

12 pages and two templates for making hearts

For more information and to see a sample


More resources for Advent & Christmas

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Emmanuel Comes (PDF download)

A hymn for Advent

Pat Bennett

Digital download: A hymn for Advent – words only – to be sung to the tune ‘Little Cornard’. 1 page, 4 verses.

Watch – though the length of night
makes courage fade and fail:
God has sent out his Word –
darkness will not prevail!
As softening sky announces dawn
Emmanuel comes – hope is reborn …

For more information

Christmas Plays download transspaser

Christmas Plays (PDF download)

Various contributors

Digital download: Eight plays taken from the book Hay & Stardust, by Ruth Burgess. 64 pages.

For more information and to see a sample

The Feast of the Christ Child download transspaser

The Feast of the Christ Child (PDF and PPT download)

A Christmas communion liturgy from Iona

Pat Bennett

Digital download: A Christmas Communion liturgy from Iona. 7 pages/25 slides.

Christmas Child,
as we kneel again at your manger
restore, renew and reshape us
so that our serving and sharing,
living and loving
now and always,
incarnate you in the world.

For more information and to see a sample

For the PDF-only version

For the PowerPoint-only version

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Advent Nudges (PDF download)

A daily discipline of Bible readings and short prayers for Advent and Christmas

Thom M Shuman

Digital download: A programme of suggested Bible readings and short prayers for Advent and Christmas that will help you create a few minutes of reflection for each day of this season. 16 pages.

For more information and to see a sample

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The Cats’ Advent Calendar (PDF download)

Margaret Harvey

Digital download: The Christmas story as told by cats, with a piece for each day from December 1st, taken from the book Candles & Conifers by Ruth Burgess. 12 pages.

For more information and to see a sample


Browse our Advent, Christmas & Epiphany resources

– Books

– E-books

– Downloads/e-liturgies

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