An Advent Meditation – take time to ponder Hope, Peace, Joy, Love and Faith…
I was looking for the George MacLeod quote ‘Take us outside holiness’ – from the prayer prayed during the rebuilding of Iona Abbey in the 1930’s.
Before finding it, I came across another George Macleod quote
Words which the church might ponder again as we seek to discern where God is leading in the post-pandemic world, as we rationalise the building stock, looking to ‘well equip spaces in the right spaces’, and seeking to bring meaningful relevant faith in Christ to the folk who don’t ‘come to church’.
…And then I found the quote I was looking for…. Worthy too of renewed contemplation…
It’s Tuesday – a day of double blessing! A careful reading of Genesis 1: 9-13 reveals that ‘on the third day’, God said not once but twice “this is good”. In Jewish tradition weddings are often celebrated on the third day – the day of double blessing. Today, as I write, is Tuesday the fourth of May. It a day enjoyed by Star Wars fans – “May the fourth (force) be with you!”
In the light of Jesus’ resurrection, “the third day” takes on new significance, and with the coming of the Holy Spirit we have not so much a “force” but power, strength, hope love and inspiration.
May your Tuesdays and everyday be days of blessing, and at the end of the day may you be able to pause, reflect upon it, and say “this is good” knowing that God has been with you, blessing all your moments.
Music – Audio and Video Files
Various sites from where songs and hymn resources are available
Please ensure that appropriate licensing permission is in place when using these resources.
🟪 Items marked with 🟪 have Advent and Christmas music.
🟪 John Rutter 2021 Christmas Album now available on Apple Music, and on other platforms. Commercial music such as this can’t of course be streamed or otherwise broadcast without explicit permission, but can be used within on-site worship where there is no recording or broadcast.
St Chads, York
Evangelical Movement of Wales
Songs for Sunday
RCL based Suggestions from Trinity College, Glasgow
Craigsbank Parish Church
‘performance permission’ granted, for these to be used alongside CCLi or appropriate Streaming Licence.
Scottish Psalter, Hymns etc
🟪 – Advent and Christmas Music
- Comfort and Joy https://youtu.be/uJsE63PIWjU
Ferryhill Church Virtual Choir 🟪
Engage Worship 🟪
- youtu.be/LEORRN_3avU – a Song for Christmas 🟪 – can be freely streamed and shared.
Small Church Music
- Public domain music – freely usable
Home for Christmas 🟪
Rev Craig Downes
- YouTube Channel with permission to use.
- Traditional Carols, with BSL
- Virtual-Organist.com – public domain tunes downloadable as MP3s – favourite hymn tunes from Mike Whitton.
Premier Christian Radio 🟪
- Downloadable Resources inc Carols
Emu Music 🟪
Small Church Music
Public domain mp3s available for download
Carolyn says, “Some pastors and church music leaders have asked for permission to use my hymns in worship services that they are streaming live, or in other ways they are reaching out to their congregations from a distance. During these challenging times, you have my permission to go ahead and use my copyrighted hymns in these ways for free.”
Resound Worship 🟪
During the Covid-19 crisis, we give permission for all churches worldwide to stream Resound Worship songs. This includes our videos, our recordings, our lyrics and your own performances.
If you have a streaming licence (eg CCLI, OneLicense), we’d appreciate it if you would report your usage. If you don’t, we would like you to use our material anyway
Suggestions from Resound Worship
Sunday 30 Jan
Fourth after epiphany (RCL & CWL)
Sunday 6 Feb
Fifth after Epiphany (RCL)
Proper 1 (CWL)
Sunday 13 Feb
Sixth after Epiphany (RCL)
Proper 2 (CWL)
Sunday 20 Feb
Seventh after Epiphany (RCL)
Proper 3 (CWL)
Sunday 27 Feb
Transfiguration Sunday (RCL)
Next before Lent (CWL)
You are a refuge
Lord, have mercy
Jubilate Music 🟪
MP3s and lyric videos available to buy on individual basis or with Annual Pass (currently £29.99 Nov 2021)
New Scottish Hymns
- Video Recordings available for use for a small fee.
Salvation Army 🟪
Worship Lyric Videos 🟪
- Small payment required – good quality videos – with 2021 updates.
If you have Apple Music – do a search on ‘Royalty Free’ and you’ll find some background music for your videos…
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