Songs are very much at the centre of our celebrations of Advent and Christmas, and have been so for many since childhood.
Luke’s Gospel has a series of songs as part of his introduction to the story of Jesus, and these have been handed down to us within our Bibles, and as part of the liturgical life of the Church. Many will recite (if not sing) the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (maybe also the Benedictus) as part of their regular worship, so the words are familiar. But maybe they haven’t been looked at as often in their actual context, leading up to and just beyond the birth of Jesus.
The studies all follow an identical pattern, with a bit of a musical theme:-
Intro (opening discussion); Accompaniment (a little background to the passage); Verses (a commentary on the passage); Chorus (ten questions for group discussion); Outro (something to take away and think about)
As always, permission is given to duplicate and distribute the study around the members of a small group meeting.
For more info, and a sample study, head to this page!
Available to download as PDF for £2.99 or $4.55 from the shop (Kindle version coming soon)
If we go back to the very early Christians, living in the Middle East in the 1st and 2nd Centuries AD we find them spread thinly around the Roman world and beyond. They lived quietly in a pagan society, meeting in homes and informal gatherings. But they lived different lives to their pagan neighbours, living by simple creeds or confessions of faith....
An eleven part Bible Study on a broadly Celtic-inspired theme of Faith and Creation, which you can look at online or click the printable version if you want to use it offline or with your local Bible Study group. Connexions Bible Study
A collection of prayers for those who need a bit of reassurance that all is not without hope in this world!
Quite often our hope comes from the faithful witness of Christians, and also the offering of love by those of other faiths or none, in helping others in need. All love, ultimately, has its source in God.
There are Bible Studies suitable for any time of the year, not just Advent and Easter! There are also several books with collections of prayers on the download page
Bless all those who are,
through no fault of their own,
forced to flee their homes
and take, along with family,
only that which they can carry
and seek a safer place to live.
Remind us of our Saviour who,
as a child, was also a refugee,
finding shelter in a foreign land,
and give us hearts and hands
willing to reach out and help
these, our distant relatives
within your worldwide family.
God’s love surround you,
God’s Spirit guide you,
God’s whisper cheer you,
God’s peace calm you,
God’s shield protect you,
God’s wisdom arm you,
wherever God may lead you.