We’re going to take a break from #TheDailyDose for a little while after today’s recording. The plan is to be back for some specials over the Easter holidays when the plan is to complete John’s Gospel with a look at the accounts of Good Friday, Easter Sunday and the post resurrection events in John 18-21.… Continue reading The Daily Dose and Faithroots audio content
Over the past week I’ve focused #TheDailyDose on the order of service used by the Church of England for Morning Prayer. During lockdown quite a few people found it helpful to follow this service together on Facebook each morning. Although the service is liturgical and I’m personally from a non liturgical background, I generally prefer… Continue reading What to do when you are praying
Happy Christmas. Today we’ve a Christmas Day #DailyDose special introducing one of my favourite carols.
The John’s Gospel carol
Today’s carol looks at the Wise men. We have their example and that of Herod or the religious leaders. Intellectual curiosity if that Jealous, defensive scheming Wonder and worship How do we respond to Jesus? 1 As with gladness men of olddid the guiding star behold,as with joy they hailed its light,leading onward, beaming bright:so,… Continue reading As with gladness
With a shout out to the brilliant Rich Pitt and Rachel Martin who drew our attention to the magnetic Jesus who draws disparate people together at the Church Central South Carol service …. 1 The first nowell the angel did saywas to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;in fields where they lay keeping their… Continue reading Magnetic Jesus – The first Noel
We’re coming to the big hitters now in our Christmas Carol series! 1 Hark! the herald angels sing,“Glory to the newborn King:peace on earth, and mercy mild,God and sinners reconciled!”Joyful, all ye nations, rise,join the triumph of the skies;with th’angelic hosts proclaim,“Christ is born in Bethlehem!” Refrain:Hark! the herald angels sing,“Glory to the newborn King”… Continue reading God and sinners reconciled (Hark the Herald Angels Sing)
Was it really silent, peaceful and still in Bethlehem on the first Christmas night? If not, what are the carols getting at? O little town of Bethlehem,how still we see thee lie!Above thy deep and dreamless sleepthe silent stars go by;yet in thy dark streets shineththe everlasting light.The hopes and fears of all the yearsare… Continue reading The wondrous gift (Oh Little Town of Bethlehem)
A couple of years back I picked up a Christmas album by Chris Tomlin. It included traditional carols -some with new settings and additional lyrics and a few completely new carols. The title track “Adore” was a new carol by Graham Kendrick. It quickly became a favourite for Sarah and me as well as many… Continue reading Adore
Today we’re looking at two carols. The first is a contemporary children’s carol by Keith and Kristyn Getty “Jesus, joy the highest heaven.” The second is a little more traditional “What child is this?” It’s antiphonal in style allowing for parts to be sung with some asking the questions and others responding. It’s usually set… Continue reading Jesus joy of the highest heaven/what child is this?