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At last, a long-awaited new book from John Bell & Graham Maule of the Wild Goose Resource Group – 21st-century hymns that can be sung to familiar tunes. We also have another new download from the Iona Prayer Circle, this time for a process of discernment.

Photo © David Coleman

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Published this week


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Known Unknowns

100 contemporary texts to common tunes

(Book)

John L Bell & Graham Maule

One hundred 21st-century hymn texts by John L Bell & Graham Maule that can be sung to familiar tunes.

Singing a new song is not an optional extra, but a faithful response to a divine command. This command is the opening phrase of Psalms 96 and 98. And, St John the Divine says, this is what the saints in heaven are doing all the time.

But, on earth, things are not so easy. Sometimes it’s because the latest new song in the old hymnbook is two centuries old. Or the congregation has been told by some sadist that it ‘doesn’t sing well’. Or sometimes the organist can only play what s/he hears on the radio. Or the guitarist can do anything, as long as it’s only three major chords. However, even in such dire straits, the divine command has to be obeyed.

So what if we kept familiar tunes – hymn tunes or folk tunes – and set words to them in 21st-century idioms? What if we gave some ancient psalms a makeover, replaced threadbare wedding and funeral songs or dealt with the things that people actually talk about when they’re not in church? And what if most of the suggested tunes were so well known that – even if musicians took the huff – people could still sing the verses on their own?

What if you looked under the covers of this book and began to upset the quiet of the place in which you are presently standing by beginning to hum?

This book amounts to a modest proposal from the Wild Goose Resource Group on how to make the most of minimal congregational song resources in an accessible and resilient way.

For more information and to see a sample


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New download


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For a Discernment (PDF download)

Liturgies for healing 7

Rosemary Power & the Iona Prayer Circle

Digital download: A liturgy to support someone who is facing a difficult choice, created by the Iona Prayer Circle, a worldwide network that prays for people and places in distress. With additional material including a reflection on patterns of contemplative prayer.

10 pages

For more information and to see a sample


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Beyond Easter - more resources

For all Ascension downloads
For all Pentecost downloads
For all Trinity Sunday downloads


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Draw Us into the Dance (PDF download)

A liturgy for Trinity Sunday

Thom M Shuman

Digital download: A lyrical, uplifting celebration for Trinity Sunday in which we discover that the Trinity is not so much a doctrine as it is a relationship – with us!

11 pages

For more information and to see a sample


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Trinity Sunday (PDF download)

Various contributors

Digital download: Prayers, poems, responses, songs and a reflection for Trinity Sunday, taken from the book Bare Feet and Buttercups, by Ruth Burgess.

10 pages

For more information and to see a sample


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Trinity (PDF download)

Prayers and resources for Trinity Sunday

Various contributors

Digital download: Prayers and resources for Trinity Sunday taken from the book Fire and Bread by Ruth Burgess.

12 pages

For more information and to see a sample

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Fundraising items


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Iona Calendar 2019

Photographs by Iain Sarjeant

The Highland Family Group of the Iona Community has produced this beautiful Iona calendar for 2019, in conjunction with photographer Iain Sarjeant. The calendar is 21cm x 21cm, and comes with a bonus picture of one of the more elusive places on Iona.

All profits from the sale of this calendar will go to the Iona Abbey Capital Appeal.

For more information


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Iona Abbey Easter Worship (audio download)

A live recording of the journey through Holy Week

The Iona Community

A recording of worship in Iona Abbey from Holy Week and Easter Sunday from the 1990s. Pay only £1 ex VAT and kindly add a donation of your choice to the fund at checkout (just below the shopping cart).

Available as two audio downloads of approximately 60 MB each

For more information and list of contents


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Iona of My Heart

Daily readings

(Book and e-book)

Neil Paynter

Inspiring human stories from Iona – of encounter, challenge, exchange, connection, transformation. Stories about people and the power of the Spirit, providing four months of daily readings. Royalties go to the Iona Community’s Iona Abbey Capital Appeal.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version


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Some recent books

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The Cloisters of Iona Abbey

(Book & PDF e-book)

Ewan Mathers

A new smaller-format edition of Ewan Mathers’ beautiful photographs depicting in detail the carvings of the restored cloisters of Iona Abbey, with text reflecting on the meaning of each design and information about the flora and fauna of the Isle of Iona and beyond, which most of the carvings represent. This use of symbols from the natural world reflects the close links of the early Celtic Christians with the land around them.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version


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Colliding with God

New and selected poems of faith and doubt

(Book and e-book)

Richard Skinner

Witty and reflective poems of faith and doubt, starting with the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden of Eden and concluding with the events of the first Easter, taking in on the way Julian of Norwich’s hazelnut, Mastermind, God as a blizzard, and the eighth deadly sin.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version

 

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Wild Goose Big Book of Liturgies

(Book and e-book)

The Iona Community

Liturgies for Advent and Christmas, Lent and Easter, Transfiguration, Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, All Saints’, St Columba’s Day, Father’s Day; on hunger, economic witness, peacemaking, the environment, pilgrimage, welcome, hospitality and friendship. Includes a blessing liturgy for a marriage or partnership, a wedding/partnership ceremony and resources for a memorial event. Originally published as single digital downloads by Wild Goose.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version


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Wild Goose Big Book of Worship Resources

(Book and e-book)

The Iona Community

A wide-ranging collection of resources for Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, Transfiguration, Harvest, Holocaust Memorial Day, Mothering Sunday, and other special days, and on areas of concern, like refugees and peacemaking. Originally published as single digital downloads.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version

 

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