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Avoiding Holy Saturday

Thoughts on the significance of Easter Saturday by theologian Alan Lewis     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Big questions, Conflict, Suffering and Doubt, Crum, J. M .C., Death, Judgement, Eternal Life, Easter, Holy Week, The Passion and the Cross

The God of all things – the trust that inspires Margaret Rizza

A “second career” as a composer has brought Margaret Rizza unforeseen opportunities to express her faith in music and hymns.     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Meet the hymn writers, Rizza, Margaret (auth), Rizza, Margaret (comp)

Advent journey: The Fault in our Stars (2014)

The “hopes and fears” of Advent are echoed in the hit teen film, The Fault in our Stars     see details / comment

Categories: Advent and Christmas, Articles, Hymns and films, Worship Resources

God who knows our darkest moments (website only)

“God who knows our darkest moments” by Gareth Hill New on 20 October, 2016 – written to mark the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster, a hymn that speaks to all our griefs and to God’s unfailing constancy and love     see details / comment

Categories: 87.87.D. (Iambic), Articles, Big questions, Conflict, Suffering and Doubt, Dim ond Iesu, Hill, Gareth, Hymns only online (submit to stfplus@methodistchurch.org.uk), Jesus Risen and Ascended 3 Comments

Gifts for all – the worship music of Barbara Honeyball Young

It’s not all about hymns. Barbara Honeyball Young uses responses and short songs to engage all ages in worship.     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Honeyball Young, Barbara (auth), Honeyball Young, Barbara (comp), Intercessory response, Meet the hymn writers, Responses, Short song

Best of all is God is with us (StF 610)

“Best of all is God is with us” by Andrew Pratt – a personal reflection by Laurence Wareing     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Hymns and spirituality, Pratt, Andrew

God, how can we forgive (StF 613)

“God, how can we forgive?” by Ruth Duck – a personal reflection by Laurence Wareing     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Duck, Ruth (auth), Hymns and spirituality

Aldersgate – what changed for the Wesleys?

Wesley (and Wesley-related) hymns and links to “the Wesley story”     see details / comment

Categories: Aldersgate Sunday, Articles, Luther, Martin (auth), Murray, Shirley Erena, People of faith, Pratt, Andrew, Special Sundays and weeks, Wesley, Charles, Wesley, John, Wesleys - anniversary hymns, Worship Resources

Going home, moving on (StF 734)

“Going home, moving on” by Michael L. Forster – a personal reflection by Marjorie Dobson     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Death, Judgement, Eternal Life, Dobson, Marjorie, Forster, Michael, Human Life and Relationships, Hymns and spirituality

What kind of love is this (StF 286)

“What kind of love is this” by Bryn and Sally Haworth – a personal reflection by Laurence Wareing     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Haworth, Bryn (auth), Haworth, Bryn (comp), Haworth, Sally (auth), Haworth, Sally (comp), Hymns and spirituality 1 Comment

More than dragons – singing for St George

Exploring hymns that speak of England’s patron saint     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Bankhead, Dave (auth), Bankhead, Dave (comp), Bell, John L. (auth), Bell, John L. (comp), Commitment/Dedication, Conflict, Suffering and Doubt, Justice and Peace, Keble, John, Keyes. Aaron (auth), Keyes. Aaron (comp), Luther, Martin (auth), Maule, Graham, Monsell, J.S.B., Sparrow-Simpson, W.J., The Passion and the Cross, Wesley, Charles, Willis, Love Maria, Words and music, Worship Resources 3 Comments

We pray for peace (StF 719)

“We pray for peace” by Alan Gaunt – a personal reflection by Edel McClean     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Gaunt, Alan, Hymns and spirituality

Wandering people – learning from the Bible

What the Bible says about refugees – a brief overview     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Big questions, Special Sundays and weeks, Worship Resources

Refugees and the Bible – readings to explore

Bible readings about those who were forced to leave their homes or who faced persecution     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Big questions, Special Sundays and weeks, Worship Resources

Christ has risen while earth slumbers (StF 296)

“Christ has risen while earth slumbers” by John Bell and Graham Maule – a personal reflection by Fiona Bennett     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Bell, John L. (auth), Hymns and spirituality, Maule, Graham

CO100 – another side to war

Remembering the conscientious objectors who said ‘No’ to war     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, People of faith

Pain and passion – the hymns of William Cowper

Cowper’s life and faith reflected in his hymns     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Cowper, William, Meet the hymn writers

Stories behind the hymns – why they matter

Mark Woods goes in search of the lives behind the hymns     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Meet the hymn writers

When listening prophets dare to speak (StF 163)

“When listening prophets dare to speak” by Dan Damon – a personal reflection by Laurence Wareing     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Damon, Dan (auth), Damon, Dan (comp), Hymns and spirituality

Baptise us with your Spirit (StF 369)

“Baptise us with your Spirit” by Brian Wren – a personal reflection by Norman Wallwork     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Hymns and spirituality, Wallwork, Norman, Wren, Brian

Beneath the paper wrappings (StF 192)

“Beneath the paper wrappings” by Clare Stainsby – a personal reflection by Paul Wood     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Hymns and spirituality, Stainsby, Clare (auth), Wood, Paul (auth)

On writing hymns – three thoughts from Martin Leckebusch

Hymn writing issues to think about and discuss     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Leckebusch, Martin E., Words and music 4 Comments

O Watcher in the wilderness (StF 667)

“O Watcher in the wilderness” by Dominic Grant – a personal reflection by Laurence Wareing     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Grant, Dominic, Hymns and spirituality

Touch the earth lightly (StF 729)

“Touch the earth lightly” by Shirley Erena Murray – a personal reflection by Laurence Wareing     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Hymns and spirituality, Murray, Shirley Erena

When circumstances make my life too hard to understand (StF 641)

“When circumstances make my life” by Martin Leckebusch – a personal reflection by Laurence Wareing     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Hymns and spirituality, Leckebusch, Martin E.

Choosing hymns – more than picking our favourites

The science of hymns and older people explored by Margaret Goodall     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Big questions, Making the most of hymns, Worship Resources 3 Comments

Taking a broad approach – the hymn writing of Martin Leckebusch

An introduction to the hymns and ideas of a prolific contemporary hymn writer     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Leckebusch, Martin E., Meet the hymn writers

Hymn metre – how it works

The Revd Ian Worsfold explains the ins and outs of hymn metre – and how to find the tune that works best for you.     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Making the most of hymns, Words and music, Worship Resources 4 Comments

Faith sung and shared

Meet the hymn writing partnership of Paul Wood and Ian Worsfold     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Meet the hymn writers, Wood, Paul (auth), Worsfold, Ian (auth) 3 Comments

Singing the moment (Part 1)

Immediate relevance is important in our sung worship, argues the Revd Andrew Pratt. Here, he writes of how others have responded to some of his own texts – and explains why immediate responses can have lasting value.     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Words and music

Singing the moment (Part 2)

In the Revd Norman Goreham’s response to the 2011 Christchurch earthquake in New Zealand, images of destruction are combined with biblical examples to make a hymn of lasting value. Norman describes how he did it.     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Words and music

The folk-song of the Church

Why should we use traditional folk melodies in our worship? Popular hymn writer John Bell has a few suggestions.     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Words and music

Hymns and war – conflicting views

Two recent hymns for Remembrance Sunday raise questions about commemorating fallen service personnel in worship.     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Big questions, Special Sundays and weeks, StF+ hymn articles, Worship Resources

Psalm 96 and Songs New and Old

A sermon about transforming the old and singing for the now     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Words and music

Hymns for St Patrick

Singing the Faith words and tunes associated with Ireland     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Exploring themes, Words and music, Worship Resources

Songs for St David

Exploring Welsh tunes in Singing the Faith     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Exploring themes, Words and music, Worship Resources 1 Comment

From darkness, light: carols from the plygain tradition

Carols from the Welsh plygain offer a way of exploring the Advent wait for Christmas     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Words and music

No hymn for Thomas?

Laurence Wareing asks which hymns best reflect individual saints. He begins with St Thomas, whose story is re-told on the 2nd Sunday of Easter.     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Exploring themes, Words and music, Worship Resources 5 Comments

What makes a good hymn tune?

A new tune may take time to catch on, says American writer and composer, Dan Damon, but there are ways in which you can make yours more memorable.     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Words and music

Is singing on the way out?

Are Christians who argue over what to sing missing the point? The Revd Owain Jones thinks they are.     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Big questions, Words and music 14 Comments

Drama and hymns?

Can the hymns we sing be reflected in dramatic form in worship? ArtServe’s Kit Harbottle argues the case.     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Making the most of hymns, Words and music, Worship Resources

The story of Singing the Faith

An account of the seven-year process that led to the publication of Singing the Faith, told through a timeline of key dates.     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Words and music Comments Off

Five hymns for Aldersgate

Explore the Wesleys in their own words and those of others     see details / comment

Categories: Aldersgate Sunday, Articles, Luther, Martin (auth), Meet the hymn writers, Murray, Shirley Erena, Pratt, Andrew, Special Sundays and weeks, Wesley, Charles, Wesley, John, Wesleys - anniversary hymns, Worship Resources

Singing in the polling booth

Can hymns help inform our political choices?     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Big questions

Hymns from prison: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Introducing Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his poem-hymns     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Bonhoeffer, Dietrich, Meet the hymn writers, People of faith

Methodist Insurance supports StF+

Find out more about our supporter – and how they can support you     see details / comment

Categories: Articles

Hymns and Hollywood

More Oscar-nominated films offer a starting point for exploring Singing the Faith hymns     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Hymns and films 1 Comment

Alternative pilgrimage: Wild (2014)

Reese Witherspoon’s performance offers a modern take on the pilgrim of John Bunyan’s famous hymn and novel.     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Hymns and films

‘Tis mystery all: Interstellar (2014)

Asking the big faith questions     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Hymns and films

Love tested: The Theory of Everything (2014)

A film more about the challenges of caring than of mind-boggling science     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Hymns and films

In trouble and in joy: Boyhood (2014)

Taking the long view of growing up on film and in hymns     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Hymns and films

A jolt of reality – the hymns of Shirley Erena Murray

Introducing New Zealand’s leading hymn writer     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Meet the hymn writers, Murray, Shirley Erena 7 Comments

Singing the Faith – the “top ten” authors

Three things we can learn from the writers who have contributed most hymns to Singing the Faith.     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Meet the hymn writers 2 Comments

Celebrating George Herbert, priest and poet

Introducing the life and hymns of George Herbert     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Herbert, George, Meet the hymn writers 1 Comment

Travelling beyond the walls – meeting Rosemary Wakelin

Rosemary Wakelin reflects on “risking the path he trod”, the theme for the 2014 Easter Offering worship resources     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Meet the hymn writers, Wakelin, Rosemary

In praise of psalms – meet David Lee

Composer David Lee speaks about the importance of psalms and “thinking small”     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Lee, David (comp), Meet the hymn writers

Hymns for honest pilgrims

Introducing the hymn-writing partnership of Sue McCoan and Matthew Prevett     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, McCoan, Sue, Meet the hymn writers, Prevett, Matthew

Singing the Faith goes to the Oscars

Oscar-nominated films offer an unexpected starting point for exploring Singing the Faith hymns     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Hymns and films 3 Comments

Unexpected compassion: Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

A film shot through with moral ambiguity and self-interest – and yet one that surprisingly re-states the question: “Who is my neighbour?”     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Hymns and films

God’s image in chains: 12 Years a Slave (2013)

Slavery – an issue still with us     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Hymns and films 2 Comments

John Wesley’s Thoughts Upon Slavery

Reflections on an important publication     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Hymns and films, People of faith

Twisted values: The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

What response do our hymns make to the values vacuum portrayed in Leonardo DiCaprio’s latest star-vehicle?     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Hymns and films

Questions of forgiveness: Philomena (2013)

Hymns that explore a central theme raised by the film, Philomena, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Hymns and films

Edith Cavell

Nurse Edith Cavell – an inspiring example for Education Sunday 2014     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, People of faith

Are Christians really interested in one another?

Is the ecumenical project dead in the water, asks Laurence Wareing     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Big questions

More to say about healing

What we understand by ‘healing’ has changed over the years and we need new ways of singing about it, says hymn writer Jan Berry     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Berry, Jan, Meet the hymn writers

This day we have witnessed (At the death of Nelson Mandela) (website only)

“This day we have witnessed a man for all nations” by Andrew Pratt New on 6 December 2013 – a hymn written in response to the death of former South African President, Neslon Mandela     see details / comment

Categories: 12.11.12.11., Articles, Hymns only online (submit to stfplus@methodistchurch.org.uk), People of faith, Pratt, Andrew, The road and miles... 5 Comments

In the steps of Martin Luther King

Resources inspired by and related to Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech.     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, People of faith

“I have a dream” – resources

More resources and links suitable to mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s speech.     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, People of faith

‘I have a dream’, a man once said (website only)

“’I have a dream’, a man once said” by Pamela Pettitt New on 27 July 2013 – inspired by Martin Luther King’s 1963 “I have a dream” speech     see details / comment

Categories: 86.886.(6), Articles, Calling and Commissioning, Chalfont Park, Hymns only online (submit to stfplus@methodistchurch.org.uk), Justice and Peace, People of faith, Pettitt, Pamela, Racial Justice Sunday, Repton 1 Comment

Meet Anna Briggs: hymn writer and knitter (Part 1)

Getting to know a hymnwriter whose challenging hymns should be better known.     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Briggs, Anna, Meet the hymn writers

Meet Anna Briggs: hymn writer and knitter (Part 2)

Anna Briggs finds the challenges and gifts of faith within our hardest human experiences.     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Briggs, Anna, Meet the hymn writers

Halloween – a “thin place”?

Is there a case for reclaiming Halloween as an intrinsic element of the Christian celebration of All Saints? Laurence Wareing believes there may be.     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Big questions 6 Comments

We believe – singing The Apostle’s Creed

Teacher and musician Paul Thompson explains why he wanted to re-shape one of Christianity’s defining creeds into a singable form     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Meet the hymn writers, Thompson, Paul (auth), Thompson, Paul (comp)