Worship Live shares new worship material and offers an opportunity for publication for new and established authors and composers. The recent Autumn 2012 edition offers a good flavour of what you might expect from this eclectic, stimulating publication: hymns (some published with original music), poems, reflections, liturgies and reviews.
Anthea Kaan’s striking paintings of the natural world, for example, stand in contrast to the challenging hymn of Kim Fabricus:
“Christ is Lord of all creation,
rules the universe in peace;
brings to judgment every nation
which would be the world’s police.”
Francesca Ballantyne’s poem of protest (“It’s the anger that nobody was angry, / it’s the new response to the old response, / God, I’m angry”) sits alongside John Coutt’s seasonal prayer to the “Lord of the drizzle, the damp and the chill” and – another Christmas resource – Marlene Phillips’ round for Christingle.
Elsewhere, find a reflection on “coconut theology” from the Pacific islands, which includes a short communion liturgy utilizing not bread but a coconut.
Worship Live was published in paper format for many years by Stainer & Bell Ltd. It is now being published independently in electronic format with the permission and goodwill of Stainer & Bell Ltd. It is edited by theologian and hymn writer, the Revd Dr Janet Wootton, together with an ecumenical editorial committee.
A subscription to Worship Live costs £12 / annum for three issues via the Worship Live website, where you can also see a complete sample edition.