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It’s World Food Day on October 16th, and we list some helpful downloads below. Also, for the run-up to Advent and beyond, a reminder of a book for the season.

Looking ahead, a new book for Lent and Holy Week is at the printer and should be available in a couple of weeks. And another Big Book of Liturgies is coming along shortly.

Photo © David Coleman


Resources for World Food Day (Oct 16th)

For more downloads on food

Hunger for justice download transspaser

Hunger for Justice (PDF download)

Nancy Cocks

Digital download: A service for all ages about not having enough to eat and about being hungry to share what we have. Includes a drawing/colouring activity. Nancy is a former Deputy Warden of Iona Abbey. 9 pages.

For more information and to see a sample

Getting Our Teeth Into Things download transspaser

Getting Our Teeth Into Things (PDF download)

Various contributors

Digital download: Graces, songs and readings relating to hunger, inequality, poverty and ‘getting our teeth into things’ in all senses. Taken from the book Blessed Be Our Table: Graces for mealtimes & reflections on food, by Neil Paynter. George MacLeod, the founder of the Iona Community, said: ‘The mark of Christian spirituality is to get one’s teeth into things … Painstaking service to humankind’s most material needs is the essence of Christian spirituality. Yet it is only the spirit in which we do things that profits anything …’ 21 pages.

When I give food to the poor
they call me a saint.
When I ask why the poor have no food,
they call me a communist.

Dom Helder Camara/CAFOD

For more information and to see a sample

For the complete book Blessed Be Our Table

In the Beginning download transspaser

In the Beginning (PDF download)

Joy Mead

Digital download: Although this service was originally written to celebrate Harvest, it can also be used at other times of year to remind us about the importance of seeds and soil, and that hunger isn't caused by scarcity but by injustice. 11 pages.

For more information and to see a sample


To Advent and beyond

The Very Life of Life transspaser

Candles and Conifers

Resources for All Saints’ and Advent

(Book and e-book)

Ruth Burgess

Prayers, liturgies, poems, reflections, sermons, meditations, stories and responses for groups and individuals covering the weeks from All Saints’ Day to Christmas Eve, including saints’ days, Remembrance Day, World AIDS Day and Advent. Written by Iona Community members, associates, friends and others.

Includes liturgies for an outdoor celebration with fireworks, a Christingle service and a longest night service, as well as Advent candle ceremonies, personal prayer practices, a series of responses and blessings and a cats’ Advent calendar.

In towns and villages
In tower blocks and terraces
Christ is waiting to be born

In palaces and shanty-towns
In high streets and back-streets
Christ is waiting to be born

In the vastness of the universe
In the intimacy of our hearts
Christ is waiting to be born

Come, Lord Jesus
Come into our homes
Come into our lives
Come and stay

Ruth Burgess

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version

For all Advent & Christmas books



Recently published

Celebrating Love for All God’s Creation download transspaser

Celebrating Love for All God’s Creation (PDF download)

An all-age communion service for the Feast of Saint Francis

Nancy Cocks

Digital download: An all-age communion inspired by the story of St Francis of Assisi. For use on 4th October, the Feast of St Francis, or at other times. Includes a blessing of animals. 11 pages.

For more information and to see a sample

The Very Life of Life transspaser

The Very Life of Life

A second year of daily reflections

(Book and e-book)

Tom Gordon

A second book of simple and direct reflections for each day of the year, to help us make sense of the 'very life of life' we are living today.

Tom Gordon is a former hospice chaplain, a storyteller, a member of the Iona Community and the author of several books.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version

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