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This week we have a new download from Joy Mead – a beautiful meditation on the sacredness of all life on earth. We also have the usual reminders of recently published and seasonal resources.

Photo © David Coleman


New download

Nature, Life and Being download transspaser

Nature, Life and Being (PDF download)

A meditative look at climate change, the sacrednesss of all life and human responsibility

Joy Mead

Digital download: This meditation on the beauty of our planet inspires us to be attentive, caring and empathetic with all beings:

Be gentle as you walk
on the good earth,
our home and lifegiver.
Touch with kindness
all that has being
and shares with you
this sacred space.

Despite a sometimes seemingly hopeless situation, we do have solutions within our grasp:

Look at your own hands,
small but with infinite possibilities.
Big problems need small solutions.
Put out your hand to those who have gone.
Their wisdom and faithfulness stays with us.
Be prophetic and creative;
reach out to those
who are to come
with love in your heart.

4 pages

‘Joy Mead is a poet of great sensitivity and subtlety. She is a deeply religious poet, without being a Religious Poet, if you know what I mean. Genuine spirituality is located in the material, in the embodied: that seems to be how our God works. Joy Mead's spirituality is grounded in the depths of so-called “ordinary” life – the extraordinary life. That's why she is one of my favourite poets.’
Ron Ferguson, author and award-winning journalist

For more information and to see a sample


Recently published

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Open Our Eyes

Daily prayers for Advent

(Book & e-book)

Ann Gerondelis

A welcome accompaniment to the Advent days of anticipating Christ’s birth. Follow its invitation of prophetic prayers and vibrant artwork to watch and wait for the coming of the Holy One. Open your eyes and heart to the wideness of God, and God’s gentle but persistent call for justice and mercy.

Ann Gerondelis is an author, architect and design educator in Atlanta, Georgia, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She is the founder of Sketch Prayers Studio, which explores questions of the role of sacred communities, and the power of images in shaping perceptions of God’s holy imagination. Ann is a Friend of the Iona Community.

‘Ann’s gorgeous art carries me to the intersection of love and justice, where the Word gives birth to new incarnations of peace. This book will stir up our hearts to welcome the Holy One.’
Rev. Bradley Schmeling
Senior Pastor, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
St. Paul, Minnesota 

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version


More resources for Advent & Christmas

Here is a Cross download transspaser

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. 3 pages.

For more information and to see a sample

Christ in the Time of Strife download transspaser

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. Each piece has a suggested song, a Bible reading, a reflection by Mary, prayers and a blessing. 14 pages.

For more information and to see a sample

Waiting in Darkness download transspaser

Waiting in Darkness (PDF and PPT download)

An Advent liturgy

David McNeish & Sarah Anderson

Digital download: An evening liturgy for the darkest time of the year, looking forward to the coming of the light of Christ. 6 pages / 15 slides.

For more information and to see a sample

For the PDF-only version

For the PowerPoint-only version

Waiting for Emmanuel download transspaser

Waiting for Emmanuel (PDF download)

Advent candle-lighting responses and an Advent carol

Pat Bennett & John L Bell

Digital download: Two sets of responses to be used over the Sundays of Advent, plus a new Advent carol. 4 pages.

For more information and to see a sample


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 summer 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.


Browse our Advent, Christmas & Epiphany resources

– Books

– E-books

– Downloads/e-liturgies

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