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A lot of new items this week! One is a new book from Neil Paynter based on the Iona Community's daily prayer cycle. Then we have several new original downloads for Advent – a bit late, but just in time to be useful, we hope. There is also a link to the Iona Community's online Advent calendar, which offers inspiration for each day of Advent amid all the pre-Christmas bustle.

Photo: Dawn ferry © David Coleman


New book

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In the Gift of This New Day

Praying with the Iona Community

Neil Paynter

A book of modern, engaged prayers following the rhythm of the Iona Community’s daily prayer cycle which is based on the many and varied concerns of the Community.

Contributors include: Brian Woodcock, the Wild Goose Resource Group, Chris Polhill, Ruth Burgess, Peter Millar, Jan Sutch Pickard, Kathy Galloway, Joy Mead, Rosemary Power, Ian M Fraser, John Harvey, Ruth Harvey, Warren Bardsley, Norman Shanks, Alison Swinfen, Alastair McIntosh, Thom M Shuman and many other members, associates and friends of the Iona Community.

For more information and to see a sample



New downloads for Advent

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Coming In from the Cold
(PDF download)

Advent & Christmas resources for remembering the Bible with children and young people

Janet Lees

Digital download: A resource for Advent and Christmas especially for those working with young people or children in a school, community or church setting – but also full of lively prayers, sketches and ideas for anyone looking to break out of a rut by using ‘the remembered Bible’.

Janet Lees is a URC minister and a speech therapist, and has been Chaplain at Silcoates School in Wakefield since 2010. This is the third collection of her work and her first from working with a school community. Her previous books are Word of Mouth: Using the Remembered Bible for Building Community, and Tell Me the Stories of Jesus: A Companion to the Remembered Bible (Wild Goose).

31 pages.

For more information and to see a sample


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Advent Signs
(PDF download)

Prayers, reflections and symbolic actions

Glen Macaulay

Digital download: A series of prayers, reflections and symbolic actions for Advent that can be led by several voices. Three sections, focusing on John the Baptist, Mary and Jesus.

Glendon Macaulay was until recently a Church of Scotland minister in Falkirk where he took particular interest in working (often ecumenically) with congregations to encourage and develop innovative and creative worship styles. He is the author of Dirt, Mess and Danger (Wild Goose Publications).

12 pages

For more information and to see a sample


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Christ in the Time of Strife
(PDF download)

Mary’s memories: narratives for the four weeks of Advent

Rosemary Power

Digital download: Four reflective liturgies for Advent based on the memories of Mary about the birth and early life of her son, with an emphasis on the similarity between then and now as difficult times in which to live.

Rosemary Power is a member of the Iona Community who has worked in new forms of ministry, including pilgrimage ministry, congregational ministry and social responsibility. Her books include The Celtic Quest: A Contemporary Spirituality (Columba Press) and The Story of Iona: An Illustrated History and Guide (Canterbury Press). As an academic, she has written on medieval Iona and the Hebrides and on folk tradition.

14 pages

For more information and to see a sample


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Here is a Cross
(PDF download)

A meditation for Advent

Jan Sutch Pickard

Digital download: A meditation on the Advent/Christmas story that can be used as part of an all-age act of worship, such as a carol service.

Jan Sutch Pickard is a poet, preacher and storyteller living on Mull. She is former Warden of Iona Abbey, Vice President of the Methodist Conference, and Ecumenical Accompanier. Her books and many resources include Walking Through Advent: Daily Readings, Out of Iona: Words from a Crossroads of the World and Between High and Low Water: Sojourner Songs (Wild Goose).

3 pages

For more information and to see a sample



The Iona Community Advent Calendar

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More resources for Advent, Christmas & Epiphany

Christmas books

– Books

– E-books

– Downloads/e-liturgies


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