Worship Resources

Chords for guitarists and others

Including a spreadsheet of all guitar chords currently posted on Singing the Faith Plus     see details / comment

Categories: StF+ hymn articles

Contents list: new hymns published on StF+

Search new hymns published only on this website by subject     see details / comment

Categories: Hymns only online (submit to stfplus@methodistchurch.org.uk), Worship Resources 1 Comment

For all the (patron) saints

Introducing StF’s series of articles about the United Kingdom’s patron saints and the hymn traditions that reflect their lives     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Exploring themes, People of faith, Words and music, Worship Resources

Hymns for a net worker – Saint Andrew (Patron Saints 4)

Scotland’s melodic legacy for Singing the Faith, and Saint Andrew’s pointers for Christian discipleship     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Bell, John L. (auth), Bell, John L. (comp), Bonar, Horatius, Briggs, Anna, Bunessan, Exploring themes, Fisher, Leith, Galbraith, Douglas (auth), Galloway, Kathy, Herbert, George, Idle, Christopher, Jones, Jacqueline G. (auth), Kelvingrove, Leckebusch, Martin E., Matheson, George, Maule, Graham, Montgomery, James, Murray, Shirley Erena, People of faith, Words and music, Worship Resources

Hymns for Covenant and renewal

Introducing the Covenant Service and a range of suitable hymns, old and new     see details / comment

Categories: Covenant, StF+ hymn articles, Worship Resources

Thirty second Christmas

Finding gems and surprises amongst our short, seasonal audio clips     see details / comment

Categories: Advent and Christmas, Articles, Words and music, Worship Resources 2 Comments

Constance Coltman – a pioneer in ministry

The first woman to be ordained into a mainstream British denomination, Constance Coltman inspires the question: Where are the hymns are about women in ministry – and do we need them?     see details / comment

Categories: Alstott, Owen (auth), Articles, Collins, Gillian, Dudley-Smith, Timothy, Exploring themes, Honeyball Young, Barbara (comp), McCoan, Sue, Morrison, Nicola, People of faith, Pratt, Andrew, Prevett, Matthew, Worship Resources, Youngson, Michaela 7 Comments

Like Thomas (Life is hard at times) (website only)

“Life is hard at times” by Heather Gallagher New on 9 August, 2017 – the example of Thomas as an inspiration when “faith is low”     see details / comment

Categories: Conflict, Suffering and Doubt, Gallagher, Heather, Hymns only online (submit to stfplus@methodistchurch.org.uk), Jesus Risen and Ascended, Lent and Easter, Our Journey with God

Hymns for Hiroshima

The events of 6 August 1945 still raise complex questions – what responses do we find in our hymns?     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Big questions, Special Sundays and weeks, Worship Resources 3 Comments

Christian Aid Week 2017

What do refugees have to do with us?     see details / comment

Categories: Special Sundays and weeks, Worship Resources

Lent in worship and reflection 2017

Suggestions for using Singing the Faith during Lent – hymns for worship plus resources for study, prayer and action

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Categories: Lent and Easter, Worship Resources

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Christian unity – the issues and the hymns     see details / comment

Categories: Special Sundays and weeks, Worship Resources

Transgender Remembrance

An introduction to Transgender Remembrance (20 November), with resources and suggestions.     see details / comment

Categories: Special Sundays and weeks, Worship Resources 3 Comments

Remembrance Sunday

Still looking for Remembrance Day commemoration ideas and resources? Look no further.     see details / comment

Categories: Special Sundays and weeks, Worship Resources

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

Bible Sunday 2016

Essential resources for Bible Sunday     see details / comment

Categories: Special Sundays and weeks, Worship Resources

Peacemaking Sunday 2016

When I needed a neighbour – Peacemaking Sunday 2016     see details / comment

Categories: Special Sundays and weeks, Worship Resources

Creation Time 2016

Creation Time offers a four-week series of reflections on the way we use the natural resources of our world – and spans the period that includes many local Harvest Festivals.     see details / comment

Categories: Special Sundays and weeks, Worship Resources

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

This is the day

Five hymns that punch above their weight. Taking a look at The Lord’s Day section of Singing the Faith (rev. June 2017)     see details / comment

Categories: Exploring themes, Worship Resources 1 Comment

Responding to Orlando

Some pointers to possible hymns and prayers     see details / comment

Categories: Exploring themes, Worship Resources

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, Exploring themes, Justice and Peace, Keble, John, Keyes. Aaron (auth), Keyes. Aaron (comp), Luther, Martin (auth), Maule, Graham, Monsell, J.S.B., People of faith, Sparrow-Simpson, W.J., The Passion and the Cross, Wesley, Charles, Willis, Love Maria, Words and music, Worship Resources 3 Comments

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

A wandering Aramean was my ancestor – Refugee Week

Hymn suggestions inspired by Refugee Week     see details / comment

Categories: 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

Remembering conscientious objectors

Hymns that reflect the challenges of keeping the peace     see details / comment

Categories: Kaan, Fred, Special Sundays and weeks, Worship Resources

Beginning Lent – some thoughts about Ash Wednesday

Lessons from Eastern Christianity help us look outwards on Ash Wednesday     see details / comment

Categories: Lent and Easter, Luff, Alan, Wood, Paul (auth), Worsfold, Ian (auth), Worship Resources

Fairtrade fortnight 2016

Links and resources from the Fairtrade movement and StF+     see details / comment

Categories: Special Sundays and weeks, Worship Resources

The days are surely coming (website only)

“The days are surely coming” by Dominic Grant New on 17 November 2015 – a carol for Christmas and especially for use alongside the weekly lighting of Advent candles     see details / comment

Categories: Advent, Advent and Christmas, Christmas, Grant, Dominic, Hymns only online (submit to stfplus@methodistchurch.org.uk), Worship Resources

Migration – reflecting on a crisis

Hymns and resources to aid our thinking about migrants and assylum seekers     see details / comment

Categories: Exploring themes, Worship Resources

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

Advent candles – three new hymns

Three contrasting hymns have been included in Singing the Faith to accompany the week-by-week lighting of Advent candles.     see details / comment

Categories: Advent and Christmas, StF+ hymn articles, Worship Resources 1 Comment

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

More hymns for Advent

More hymns for Advent – and ideas for New year and Covenant services     see details / comment

Categories: Advent and Christmas, StF+ hymn articles, Worship Resources

Lent and Easter: more hymns

Hymns by Andrew Pratt, Marjorie Dobson and Richard D. Leach.     see details / comment

Categories: Lent and Easter, StF+ hymn articles, Worship Resources

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

Hymns asking questions on StF+

Challenging and thoughtful new and recent hymns on StF+     see details / comment

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

Hymns for St Patrick

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

Categories: Articles, Exploring themes, People of faith, Words and music, Worship Resources

With what hymns will I wed thee?

Two new hymns for use at weddings     see details / comment

Categories: StF+ hymn articles, Worship Resources

Songs for St David

Exploring Welsh tunes in Singing the Faith     see details / comment

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

Celebrating diversity

Hymns published by Singing the Faith Plus speak of unity in diversity     see details / comment

Categories: Exploring themes, Special Sundays and weeks, StF+ hymn articles, Worship Resources

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

Treading the path: hymns of “moving on”

Hymns about change and risking     see details / comment

Categories: StF+ hymn articles, Worship Resources

Conference praise

Two hymns for, and inspired by, worship at the British Methodist Conference.     see details / comment

Categories: StF+ hymn articles, Worship Resources

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

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

Touching the wind: how we describe the Holy Spirit

Introducing hymns for the season of Pentecost     see details / comment

Categories: Pentecost, Worship Resources

A Pentecost Great Thanksgiving

A prayer drawing on Pentecost hymns for use during the celebration of Communion during the season of Pentecost     see details / comment

Categories: Pentecost, Worship Resources

The ministry of Jesus – a gap in Singing the Faith?

StF+ responds to Leith Fisher’s sense that our modern hymn books are “very light on the life of Jesus”     see details / comment

Categories: Exploring themes, Worship Resources

Things Jesus said (Jesus’ ministry 1)

First in our explorations of StF hymns about Jesus’ ministry and teachings     see details / comment

Categories: Exploring themes, Worship Resources

Events in Jesus’ life (Jesus’ ministry 2)

Second in our explorations of StF hymns about Jesus’ ministry and teachings     see details / comment

Categories: Exploring themes, Worship Resources

More about the metaphor (Jesus’ ministry 3)

Third in our explorations of StF hymns about Jesus’ ministry and teachings     see details / comment

Categories: Exploring themes, Worship Resources 3 Comments

Hymns of resurrection

More hymns for “Easter people”     see details / comment

Categories: Lent and Easter, Worship Resources

Christ is alive! Christians will sing

An overview of hymns to sing once Easter is over     see details / comment

Categories: Lent and Easter, Worship Resources 2 Comments

Lent in other places

Exploring beyond the Lent section of Singing the Faith to discover hymns suitable for this season     see details / comment

Categories: Lent and Easter, Worship Resources

Mothering Sunday resources

Alternative hymns and additional resources for Mothering Sunday
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Categories: Special Sundays and weeks, Worship Resources 1 Comment

Fragile earth – experiencing God in the desert

Hymns about humanity’s experience of God’s created world – a reflection inspired by the Jewish festival of Sukkot     see details / comment

Categories: Creation and Providence, Exploring themes, Nature and Mystery of God, Our Journey with God, Worship Resources

Homeless Sunday 2016

Singing out for the poor and needy     see details / comment

Categories: Special Sundays and weeks, Worship Resources

Education Sunday

Resources and hymn suggestions to mark Education Sunday     see details / comment

Categories: Special Sundays and weeks, Worship Resources

Hymns for Education Sunday 2015

Different perspectives on growth and learning in the light of Jesus’ example     see details / comment

Categories: Special Sundays and weeks, Worship Resources

Marking Candlemas

Jesus, the light of the world – celebrating the ancient feast of Candlemas     see details / comment

Categories: Advent and Christmas, Pratt, Andrew, Wilkinson, Thomas G., Worship Resources

Epiphany – arrivals and beginnings

There’s more to the Feast of the Epiphany than wealthy strangers on camels.     see details / comment

Categories: Advent and Christmas, Worship Resources

In praise of bands

More resources for praise bands and leaders of contemporary worship     see details / comment

Categories: Making the most of hymns, Worship Resources

Making musical partnerships

Ideas for “bolting together” groups of hymns and songs, especially in band-led worship     see details / comment

Categories: Making the most of hymns, Worship Resources 1 Comment

The StF Advent “one stop shop”

Meeting all your Advent worship needs in one place.     see details / comment

Categories: Advent and Christmas, Worship Resources

Hope in dark times: AIDS and Advent

Hymns and resources to mark World AIDS Day in the season of Advent     see details / comment

Categories: Advent and Christmas, Special Sundays and weeks, Worship Resources

Advent candle liturgies

Spoken responses to accompany Advent candle-lighting hymns.     see details / comment

Categories: Advent and Christmas, Bell, John L. (comp), Earey, Mark, Farrell, Bernadette (auth), Stainsby, Clare (auth), Worship Resources 6 Comments

Christingle and other Advent resources

Suggestions for using Singing the Faith during Advent – background for preparing a Christingle service – and a range of other resources for use in the lead-up to Christmas.     see details / comment

Categories: Advent and Christmas, Worship Resources 2 Comments

Remembering conflict – singing for peace

Hymns for Remembrance Sunday     see details / comment

Categories: Special Sundays and weeks, Worship Resources

Racial Justice Sunday 2014

Notes and suggestions to support this year’s worship materials     see details / comment

Categories: Special Sundays and weeks, Worship Resources

Life and Unity in the Church

Life and Unity in the Church – the hymns we sing     see details / comment

Categories: Exploring themes, Special Sundays and weeks, Worship Resources

Sukkot – a festival for all peoples?

The Jewish Festival of Sukkot offers lessons appropriate for Christian worship and reflection     see details / comment

Categories: Special Sundays and weeks, Worship Resources

For those who die at our borders

June 20 – a day to remember those who die at the borders of the EU     see details / comment

Categories: Special Sundays and weeks, Worship Resources

Lord Jesus Christ (Living Lord): A Eucharistic Prayer

A prayer for Holy Communion written around “Lord Jesus Christ” (StF 594)     see details / comment

Categories: Appleford, Patrick (auth), Appleford, Patrick (comp), Holy Communion, Hymns as prayer, Living Lord, Making the most of hymns, Murphy, Andrew T, Worship Resources

Hymns to build worship around

Using hymns as a starting point for planning worship     see details / comment

Categories: Making the most of hymns, Worship Resources

Singing the Good Friday story

Responding to the love of God shown to us on the cross.     see details / comment

Categories: Lent and Easter, Worship Resources

Singing unaccompanied – six tips

A few simple suggestions for getting started with singing unaccompanied     see details / comment

Categories: Making the most of hymns, Worship Resources

Social justice – part 1

Hymns to help mark Social Justice Day, 20 February 2013     see details / comment

Categories: Exploring themes, Special Sundays and weeks, Worship Resources

Social justice – part 2

More hymns to help mark Social Justice Day, 20 February 2013     see details / comment

Categories: Exploring themes, Special Sundays and weeks, Worship Resources

Let the children sing

Hymns to sing with children and younger people – some tips and suggestions     see details / comment

Categories: Making the most of hymns, Worship Resources 1 Comment

Ms Rossetti’s Christmas carol

“Ms Rosetti’s Christmas Carol” – a reflection on “In the bleak midwinter” (StF 204) by local preacher (and dog walker) Peter Thurston.     see details / comment

Categories: Advent and Christmas, Worship Resources 2 Comments

Singing All Saints and All-hallows Eve

Singing hymns may help us reflect on Halloween as well as All Saints.     see details / comment

Categories: Special Sundays and weeks, Worship Resources

Harvest – celebration and challenge (2012)

Christian response to our creation and its needs is not just for Harvest time – as these resources prove.
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Categories: Special Sundays and weeks, Worship Resources

This sporting life

Hymns that use sporting endeavour as a starting point for Christian reflection     see details / comment

Categories: Events, Worship Resources 2 Comments

For those who experience loss: alternative hymns for Mothering Sunday

Three hymns included in Singing the Faith offer a different perspective on Mothering Sunday for those who find it a difficult day.     see details / comment

Categories: Special Sundays and weeks, Worship Resources 4 Comments

Celebrating Singing the Faith

A Service of Thanksgiving order of service and other prayers for use when celebrating and introducing Singing the Faith.     see details / comment

Categories: Events, Exploring themes, Worship Resources