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Ruth Burgess's new book, Moments of Our Nights and Days, is published this week. A companion to Saying Goodbye, this volume provides resources for the many and varied significant moments of our lives.

There is also a reminder of some books for Advent and Christmas not mentioned last week.

Photo: Port Ban, Iona, in October © David Coleman


Just published

Moments of Our Nights and Days transspaser

Moments of Our Nights
and Days

Liturgies and resources for baptisms, weddings, partnerships, friendships and the journey of life

(Book and e-book)

Ruth Burgess

A book overflowing with resources for planning baptisms, naming ceremonies, weddings and civil partnerships and marking the many other significant moments of our nights and days. There are resources that do not assume any faith commitment, as well as ones that reflect Christian belief.

Whether you are preparing for a birth, starting a new job, becoming unemployed, entering into a partnership or a marriage, growing older, or taking one of the numerous other steps of life, there is something here to help mark and reflect on your experience.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version


Some books for Advent & Christmas

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An alternative Christmas handbook
Nicola Slee & Rosie Miles
Explores how people of faith and goodwill might mark the midwinter season and the Christmas festival with integrity and simplicity. How can we include others and celebrate difference without putting us all under intolerable strain, or perpetuating false and oppressive myths of the ideal family life? Reflections on the origins, diverse meanings and customs associated with Christmas, personal stories, and liturgical and ritual resources that can be adapted and used in the home, in group gatherings and in church settings.
For more information and to view sample pages
E-book version

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Resources for All Saints’ and Advent
Ruth Burgess
A collection of seasonal resources – prayers, liturgies, poems, reflections, sermons, meditations, stories and responses, written by Iona Community members, associates, friends and others. It offers resources for groups and individuals covering the weeks from All Saints’ Day to Christmas Eve, including saints’ days, Remembrance Day, World AIDS Day and Advent.
For more information and to view sample pages
E-book version

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Preparing for Christmas
Lisa Bodenheim
Short, structured readings for each day of Advent, not advocating a cosy view of Christmas but rather urging us to use this season to address some of the most important issues of our time. Suitable for group or individual reflection. On special offer.
For more information and to view sample pages

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Worship resources and readings for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany
Wild Goose Worship Group
A wealth of worship resources for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany from the Wild Goose Worship Group. These litanies, meditations, monologues, poems, prayers, readings, scripts and symbolic actions aid the rediscovery of the stories of Christ's birth through adult eyes.
For more information

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Reflections and prayers for each day of Advent
Brian Woodcock & Jan Sutch Pickard
An effective antidote to the commercialism of the festive season which can be used for individual meditation or group worship. The authors are former Wardens of Iona Abbey and the MacLeod Centre on the Isle of Iona.
For more information and to view sample pages
E-book version

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Daily readings for Advent
Thom M Shuman
Reflections for the season of Advent based on those people who might only be mentioned once in the Bible (in the lineages in Matthew and Luke) – the women, the prophets, the exiles who, while not linked to Jesus genetically, nevertheless passed on their spiritual DNA to him and to us.
For more information and to view sample pages
E-book version

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Resources for Christmas to Candlemas
Ruth Burgess
This companion volume to Candles & Conifers is a collection of worship and meditation resources for the season of Christmastide – including Christmas Day, Holy Innocents' Day, Winter and New Year, Epiphany, Homelessness Sunday and Candlemas. It also contains eight Christmas plays.
For more information and to view sample pages
E-book version

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Daily readings and resources for Christmastide
Neil Paynter
Bible readings, reflections and worship resources for Christmastide to help us hear God's Word through the commercialism of the season, the propaganda of the times; and to glimpse the sacred in the secular.
For more information and to view sample pages
E-book version

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Seventeen songs for Christmas
John L Bell
A range of gutsy and earthy congregational, choral and solo songs very different from traditional Christmas carols. There is also an audio CD available.
For more information
For the CD

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A daily prayer book for Advent
Ruth Burgess
A daily prayer book for Advent which can also be used as a prayer journal. Each day includes a Bible verse, an Advent cry and suggestions for prayer. The pages can be added to and personalised, with line drawings that can be coloured in and space to add your own pictures, reflections and prayers. Instructions for three workshops on writing Advent cries are also included. On special offer.
For more information and to view sample pages



More resources for Advent and Christmas



Downloadable liturgies, prayers, reflections etc

Parables of Northern Seed




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