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A Prayer for Harvest (Article/Note/Report)
Let us not gloat on profits
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A selection of songs and chants to aid meditation (Audio/Video)
Following on from the service of Celtic Morning Prayer at Swanwick (July 2005), Alex Whitehead offers some suggestions of songs and chants.
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A short history of the institution and conduct of Holy Communion (Article/Note/Report)
From its beginnings as an extension of a Passover supper through to... modern times.
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A Vision for Good Practice in Reader/Preacher Training (Article/Note/Report)
The report of the Reader Task Group.
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Anglicans Online (Website)
Anglican news from across the world, in-depth articles exploring the issues of the moment, and a comprehensive listing of online resources for Anglicans
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Benedicte (Article/Note/Report)
As used at the Lincoln Readers' Conference 2005
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Children in Worship - the need for a positive experience (Article/Note/Report)
Some thoughts about children in worship - especially in eucharistic services. The article is a precis of Nancy Clague's ADipR dissertation.
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Christian Stewardship (Website)
A comprehensive website on Christian Stewardship in the UK
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Christians on the Internet (COIN) (Website)
COIN exists to encourage and help churches, church organisations and individuals to make sensible use of the Internet, seeking to ensure an active Christian presence on the Internet to serve as a witness to the wider world.
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Christingle (Website)
Information and resources for Christingle services
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Church of England (Website)
The official Church of England website with onward links to many other related sites.
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Common Worship (Website)
Part of the Church of England web site dedicated to Common Worship - the services and prayers which are available for use in the Church of England alongside the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.
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Common Worship Almanacs for PalmOS and iCal (Website)
Almanac files for Palm, iCal and other calendar software
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CPAS (the Church Pastoral Aid Society) (Website)
CPAS is a route to leadership resources - books, courses and other material and resources.
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Encounters on the Edge (Website)
Church Army information about Fresh Expresssions of Church..
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First Catch Your Rabbit - Deciding what to preach (Article/Note/Report)
Although there are many sources of sermon ideas, and much advice available on 'how to preach', the preacher is still left with the problem of what the focus of the sermon should be - some practical advice.
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Free resources from USPG (Website)
Free seasonal and topical resources from USPG
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Further information for the 'Echoes of Exodus' feature in The Reader Spring 2007 (Article/Note/Report)
Comparisons between Luke and Deuteronomy made by Professor Christopher Evans
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Harvest (Website)
Articles/Resources from the Arthur Rank Centre - some available online, some to download and some to request.
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Harvest - Christian Aid (Website)
Harvest material from Christian Aid - a mixture of material available online or as a pack to request.
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Harvest Celebration Pack (Website)
All-age worship ideas, multimedia presentations, posters and activities for kids. Focussing on Angola.
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Healed, Restored, Forgiven (Book)
A compilation of liturgies, prayers and readings for the ministry of healing; intended as a companion for clergy and laity involved in this developing ministry.
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HymnQuest (Website)
Developed by The Pratt Green Trust, containing first lines, choruses and full text of hymns and songs from over 400 hymn books and publications.
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Leading of all-age worship (Article/Note/Report)
All-Age Worship is not just a children's service, but adults and children together, so the service will have something to say to all.
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Lectionary Reflections Year A (Book)
Consists of short pieces originally published in the Church Times. They provide an accessible way into the readings for each Sunday which Readers will find useful in sermon preparation.
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Lift Up Your Hearts (Website)
Worship & Spirituality Site of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
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Liturgy (Booklist)
An introductory booklist for the study of liturgy
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Maynard's Groovy Bible Tunes (Website)
Simple tunes based on Bible texts for use in Children's/All-Age Worship.
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Mountains of Matthew (Article/Note/Report)
Sermon preached at the Commissioning of Readers in the Diocese of Southwark, Southwark Cathedral, 26th January 2008
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Net Hymnal (Website)
Over 10,000 hymns (words, tunes, scores), author biographies and links.
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Orchestration of the Gospels (Article/Note/Report)
A consideration of four different interpretations of one very special life.
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oremus (Website)
A valuable source of liturgical material, oremus is a form of daily Christian prayer published on the Internet, and also contains various other resources for prayer and worship.
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Posada (Website)
The chance to have Mary and Joseph in our homes in the run up to Christmas, to help us to remember that Christmas is about the special birth of Jesus and how Christmas is a time for families and friends to come together to celebrate life.
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Praxis (Website)
Praxis was formed in 1990 as an initiative in liturgical formation for the Church of England sponsored by the Liturgical Commission of the Church of England, the Alcuin Club, and the Group for the Renewal of Worship.
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Preaching and Communication (Booklist)
An introductory booklist for Preaching and Communication
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Preaching from the Old Testament (Article/Note/Report)
Some useful hints about preaching from the part of our Bible which was Jesus' own scripture.
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Preaching page - Anglican Church in Tasmania (Website)
Resource provided by the Anglican Diocese of Tasmania for the help and encouragement of those who are entrusted with the task of preaching and teaching the Bible, whether starting out or an experienced preacher, preaching in church or at weddings and funerals.
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Preaching Trouble (Article/Note/Report)
The sermon is the place where God's word and the world connect - but what do we do when we have a problematic text? Raewynne offers practical advice on 'Preaching Trouble'.
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Preaching with the Northern Saints (Article/Note/Report)
Material from the July 2011 Lincoln Diocese Pilgrimage to Durham
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Preparing for Mark (Article/Note/Report)
A consideration of the range of resources available on Mark's Gospel.
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Preparing for Matthew - commentaries on the first Gospel (Article/Note/Report)
A review of the wealth of scolarship available on Matthew's Gospel.
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Reader Ministry (Booklist)
An introductory booklist for the study of Reader ministry
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Resound Worship (Website)
Music from a group of British worship-songwriters, seeking to resource the church with heartfelt, crafted, accessible worship songs.
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Resource & Refresh (Course Programmes)
A rolling programme of short residential events in April and September each year for resourcing and refreshing Readers.
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Resource material from USPG (Website)
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Resources to accompany the 'Unfinished Business' feature in The Reader Summer 2006 (Article/Note/Report)
A presentation of Mark's Gospel in worship.
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Rite Aid (Website)
A resource of worship texts, ideas and teaching modules. Provided by the Liturgical Committee of the Anglican Diocese of Bradford in West Yorkshire, United Kingdom.
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RSCM (Website)
The Royal School of Church Music is an educational Christian charity enabling the best use of music in worship, church life, and community.
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Sermon at Lincoln Readers' Quinquennial Relicensing - 15th October 2005 (Article/Note/Report)
Preaching proclaims Christ.
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Sermon Illustrations (Website)
Sermon resources/text/background from the ChristianGlobe Network.
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St John's Extension Studies (Course Programmes)
A range of courses established to make some of St John's wide range of teaching resources available to students unable to come to College for a full-time course.
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Tearfund Harvest Resources (Website)
Films, prayer suggestions, speakers notes, children's materials - download our materials for your harvest services.
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Temple Theology (Book)
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The Anglican Centre in Rome - Courses (Course Programmes)
The courses run by the Centre offer opportunities for meeting and dialogue through studying ecumenical theology in its many facets as students explore our common Christian heritage as displayed in this 'eternal city'. Many are particularly suited to Reader Ministry.
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The Assemblies Website (Website)
The Assemblies Website aims to provide high-quality, instant access primary and secondary school assemblies for teachers and others leading collective worship.
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The Book of Common Prayer (Website)
Historical texts for The Book of Common Prayer (1549, 1552, 1559, 1662) and other texts, such as ASB (part only) and 1928 Prayer Book; from the Church of England, ECUSA, Church in Wales, Scottish Episcopal Church, Church in Ireland, and other Anglican Churches.
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The Commemoration of All Souls (Article/Note/Report)
How many churches celebrate All Souls? And of those who do, how many mark it other than by a poorly attended weekday communion service?
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The Lectionary Page (Website)
Text of collects, readings and Psalms from ECUSA. Includes both RCL and BCP texts.
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The Power and Potential of Hymns (Article/Note/Report)
The power of hymns - Christians are more likely to know what they believe from the hymns they sing than from any other source.
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The Stapleford Centre - Resources (Website)
Resources that support the teaching of Christianity within RE and Collective Worship. All resources are produced by experts in their field and are practical, contemporary ways to get pupils thinking outside of the box.
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The Three Wise Ones (Article/Note/Report)
A nativity play for Family Worship. All-age drama, from small kids (mouse), to teens (animals, camel rent manager, etc), to adults.
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Then opening their treasures they offered Him gifts (Article/Note/Report)
A consideration of the gifts offered to the infant Jesus by the Wise Men - and a reflection on who they were.
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Thinking About Preaching (Book)
This is not a text book on how to preach, although there is much wisdom and help for the preacher. It is aimed chiefly at those ‘who want to explore whether God is calling them to preach’; those who want to test their gifting as ‘apprentice preachers’.
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This is our Calling (Book)
This book was written to help those who believe that God is or may be calling them to serve him, whether in ministry, for a specific task, or through daily discipleship.
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Transforming Worship (Website)
A website of the Liturgical Commission of the Church of England.
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Why myrrh? (Article/Note/Report)
While the gift of myrrh may have symbolic meaning it was also a very practical gift.
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