Singing the Faith plus

The Methodist Church
October 2018
 
Singing the Faith Plus

Making sense of Halloween


As of last month, our Singing the Faith newsletter is now following a new pattern. We aim to be in touch with you on the last Tuesday of every month. We hope this will help you when thinking ahead in your worship planning, as well as updating you on the latest additions to the website.

Of course, you won’t need any reminding that Halloween (All-Hallows Eve) is upon us, followed immediately by All Saints Day. As well as our suggestions for Singing All Saints and All-hallows Eve, StF+ contains my own thoughts on why Halloween makes more sense for Christians when they remember the intimate relationship between the two festivals.

New hymn for Remembrance Sunday

 

As we approach the hundredth anniversary of the 1918 armistice, we are glad to publish a new hymn, by the Revd Andrew Murphy with music by writing partner Matt Allen. We shall not forget is a thoughtful text that extends our thinking well beyond the limits of war. This is by no means a “looking back” hymn; rather, it explores the presence of divisions and the necessary will to forgive that we live with as much now as one hundred years ago:

"We shall not forget the walls we build to separate;
We shall not forget the steps that lead to war;
We shall not forget the woundedness of all of us;
We shall not forget what only love can restore."

Remember that our Remembrance Sunday page offers an ideal place to explore other hymns, reflections and additional resources to support meaningful worship on a day that combines memory with commitment, horror with hope.

United through music

   

A few weeks ago, it was my privilege to participate in the annual workshop day of the URC Music Network, which supports music-making within the United Reformed Church.

It was helpful to be reminded that, in England especially, there are numerous Methodist/URC united congregations and areas. Singing the Faith, it turned out, was well-known to several workshop participants from their regular Sunday worship experience.

Find out more about the URC Music Network. This is one of several Useful links on StF+. If you would like us to consider others, please get in touch.

Chords update

 

For some time now, with the support of our colleagues at Coventry Methodist Central Hall, StF+ has been adding chord sheets for guitar players and others to our hymn posts.

New additions have been on hold for a while, but our list of chords has now been updated – 169 hymns catered for so far, often with alternative versions.
This list will be updated as more sheets are added. As we work to increase the number of sheets on the site, it would be helpful to know which ones would be most useful to you. Let us know at stfplus@methodistchurch.org.uk.

The work of producing these sheets is done voluntarily, so it may take a little while for your request to be processed. Please bear with us!

Looking ahead

    

Over the next week or so, we will be adding the complete lectionary for 2019, for which we have received a few requests – as well as suggestions of lectionary-related hymns for December.


In the meantime, remember that our StF Advent one stop shop is open for browsing (complete with candle-lighting liturgies and hymn suggestions). And perhaps you missed two of last year’s additions to the site: Thirty second Christmas and The Advent hymn we do not sing (clue: it’s not in the Advent section).

You can get in touch with me by emailing stfplus@methodistchurch.org.uk, using the feedback page of the website.

 

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

Laurence     

             

Laurence Wareing and all involved with Singing the Faith

   
 
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