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May2018
Singing the Faith Plus

Worship planning online - complete the survey


The Connexional Team is researching how best to support Methodist worship through the Singing the Faith website and a proposed worship planning smartphone app.

We would be hugely grateful for your input. The survey includes just ten short questions and will take no more than 5 minutes to complete. Just click here and get started. We look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Pentecost Spirit and the spirit of the Wesleys

 

Following on from our Wesley hymn poll last month (read the results here, and explore some of the background discussion that the poll encouraged), the Wesley brothers are on our mind again this month as we mark Aldersgate Sunday (20 May).

Aldersgate Sunday falls each year on the Sunday immediately preceding 24 May (‘Wesley Day’), the day on which Methodists mark John Wesley’s life-changing experience at a meeting in Aldersgate Street, London. We ask what changed for the Wesleys on that day and offer Five hymns for Aldersgate.

This year, Aldersgate Sunday coincides with Pentecost. Touching the wind introduces hymns for use in the season of Pentecost; and our Great Thanksgiving Prayer for Pentecost, designed for use during the celebration of Communion, is inspired by hymns in Singing the Faith and elsewhere.

 

For fresh ways of singing about the Gift and Work of the Holy Spirit, scroll down our index of new hymns on StF+ to "The Gift and Work of the Holy Spirit" – and also see what Caleb Dinger has to offer, below.

New hymns from the capital of Country Music

  

Caleb Dinger hails from Pennsylvania and has made his home in Nashville, Tennessee, the world capital of Country music. In his hymns, two of which we’re delighted to have published on StF+, you can hear that influence, together with the style and biblical imagery of gospel music. The StF submissions group found River to be “simple, clear and easily singable by a congregation”. This urgent prayer for new life is especially suitable for Pentecost, while Lead us God adds to our rather small number of hymns that touch directly on the story of Jesus’ transfiguration.

Also new to StF+ is Andrew Brown’s thoughtful Listen to God – inspired by the Revd Alison Tomlin’s Presidential Address to the British Methodist Conference in 2010, and boasting a lovely new tune by Jo Beesley.

Thy kingdom come

 

In our last newsletter, we asked if there were any hymn-related events coming up near you. We were pleased to hear about two in May, in Sheringham and Aberystwyth. Do let us know about others.

Also in May, the Methodist Church is encouraging engagement with Thy Kingdom Come, a global prayer movement “in which Christians pray that people would come to know Jesus”. Taking place between Ascension and Pentecost, this year Thy Kingdom Come falls between 10 and 20 May. You can listen to a range of reflections on this phrase, including a discussion between the Revd Canon Gareth Powell and the Archbishop of Canterbury about the early Methodist commitment to mission.

Find out about Thy Kingdom Come Beacon Events near you.

You can get in touch with me by emailing stfplus@methodistchurch.org.uk, using the feedback page of the website. And don't forget to fill out our survey - every response helps us plan for the future.

 

With good wishes from all of us at Singing the Faith.
 

Laurence     

            

Laurence Wareing

   
 
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