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About Sunday by Sunday

Sunday by Sunday is the RSCM's quarterly resource for church musicians, clergy and all who plan and lead worship. At its core is a week-by-week guide for every Sunday and major festival of the Church's year. In June 2009 (issue 49) we expanded Sunday by Sunday to include feature articles, training material and printed music reviews to make the publication even more useful.

The full version of Sunday by Sunday is available only in print, to subscribing Individual and Affiliate members of the RSCM.

The online resources on this website are available for you to download, whether you are a member or not. For worship resources follow the link below or click on the 'Downloads' tab above.

Introduction to Sunday by Sunday

The title 'Sunday by Sunday' takes its cue from the readings in the Common Worship lectionary, which are presented with a brief commentary to provoke reflection and assist planning. In addition to special contents, several lists of suggested music are provided for each Sunday and festival, in accordance with the themes and moods of the readings:

  • Singing the Psalm of the day
  • Hymns and songs from a wide range of styles and traditions
  • Anthems and vocal music, including World Music and music from Iona and Taizé
  • Organ music
  • Music for children
Pages from Sunday by Sunday

For each piece you will find composers, details of sources and publishers, suggestions for liturgical use, and an indication of the relative difficulty of organ and choral pieces.

Sunday by Sunday follows the readings laid out in the Church of England's Common Worship Lectionary. This lectionary differs slightly from the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) and rather more so from the Roman Lectionary (RL). Many festivals do, however, use the same themes and readings, and Sunday by Sunday indicates those few Sundays where the RCL or RL have a different Gospel reading. Drawing on the music and spirituality of a wide range of Christian traditions, Sunday by Sunday is a genuinely ecumenical resource.

To supplement the weekly pages of the planner, each issue includes general worship planning resources (often related to the season), reviews of printed music reviews, and training articles for musicians and those who lead worship complementing the RSCM's Church Music Skills programme. Display advertising is also available for sale in Sunday by Sunday.

Liturgy resources

Articles

Miscellaneous

Please note that some more recent lists of hymns and songs include the abbreviation 'AM', representing the new 2013 edition of Ancient & Modern, appearing in our printed Sunday by Sunday lists from Issue 66.

Making the most of your choir

In Issue 56 we included an article by Jon Payne on 'Making the most of your choir', illustrated by some examples from the hymn 'When Miriam's daughters rise and sing' by John Barnard and Janet Wootton. The extended examples may be downloaded below.

'Purify my heart' by Brian Doerksen

In Issue 54 Richard Hubbard discussed the well-known worship song 'Purify my heart'. The full arrangement for choir, organ and instruments, supplementing the article, is no longer available for download from this website for copyright reasons, as the permitted time period has expired. However, please contact us at marketing(at)rscm.com if you would like information about how to obtain the arrangement.

'Purify my heart' has words and music by Brian Doerksen © 1990 Vineyard Songs & ION Publishing (admin. by Song Solutions CopyCare) and may not be photocopied.

Psalm 150 – A Psalm for Music Sunday

Issue 52 featured a new setting of Psalm 150 by David Ogden, suitable for use on Music Sunday. Instrumental parts and a full score are available to download below. Visit our Music Sunday page to find further resources for planning a Music Sunday service or event.

Musical example

As featured in Sunday by Sunday Issue 50, you can view sample pages of 'God of hope and Lord of healing' below. The full music, including instrumental parts, is available for purchase from RSCM Music Direct.

Special contents by issue (from Issue 17)

Issue 69

  • Resources for worship from Sunday 5 October to Sunday 28 December 2014 (Year A/B)
    Additional services:
    - Bible Sunday
    - All Saints Day
  • A season of remembrance
    Resources for Remembrance Sunday and for marking the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, with an introduction by Gordon Giles
  • Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland
    An organ masterclass by Huw Williams

Issue 68

  • Resources for worship from Sunday 29 June to Sunday 28 September 2014 (Year A)
    Additional services:
    - Peter and Paul, Apostles
    - Bartholomew the Apostle
    - Holy Cross Day / The Triumph of the Cross
    - Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist
  • Singing the Psalms
    Frances Novillo explores repertoire and gives practical guidance
  • Our God be praised, and on his name be blessing
    A hymn by Timothy Dudley-Smith from his new collection, A Mirror to the Soul
  • Ave Maria by Arcadelt
    Guidance for choir trianers by Matthew Hamilton
  • Music for the harvest season

Issue 67

  • Resources for worship from Sunday 13 April to Sunday 22 June 2014 (Year A)
    Additional services:
    - Palm Sunday
    - Maundy Thursday
    - Good Friday
    - Easter Vigil
    - Easter Day
    - Ascension Day
    - Pentecost (Whit Sunday)
    - Trinity Sunday
    - The Day of Thanksgiving for Holy Communion (Corpus Christi)
  • Eucharistic Prayers
    An all-age setting of the Church of England's new Eucharistic Prayers for use where significant numbers of children are present, by David Ogden
  • Music for Passiontide

Issue 66

  • Resources for worship from Sunday 5 January to Sunday 6 April 2014 (Year A)
    Additional services:
    - Epiphany
    - The Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas)
    - Ash Wednesday
    - Mothering Sunday
  • Crux Fidelis by John IV, King of Portugal
    Guidance for choir trainers from Andrew Nethsingha, with introduction by Gordon Giles.
  • You are the vine and we are the branches
    A musical setting of words from John 15 from the new Ancient & Modern hymn book by John Barnard and Gordon Giles
  • Piano to Organ
    Rosemary Field gives tips to pianists starting the organ.

Issue 65

  • Resources for worship from Sunday 6 October to Sunday 29 December 2013 (Year C/A)
    Additional services:
    - Bible Sunday
    - All Saints' Day
    - Christmas Day
  • Wait for the Lord
    Geoff Weaver discusses the music of Taizé and how to plan an Advent service.
  • Wait for the Lord
    by Jacques Berthier / Taizé Community
  • Within our darkest night
    by Jacques Berthier / Taizé Community
  • Christingle Services
    An introduction to Christingle services and resources for worship
  • Instrumental Praise
    Noël Tredinnick gives advice on using instruments in Christmas services.

Issue 64

  • Resources for worship from Sunday 9 June to Sunday 23 September 2013 (Year C)
    Additional services:
    - Michael and All Angels
  • The Harvest season
    Resources for Harvest and on Creation-related themes
  • French music for weddings
    Organ lesson on Marche de Procession by Alexandre Guilmant and Grand Choeur by Théodore Salomé

Issue 63

  • Resources for worship from Sunday 24 March to Sunday 2 June 2013 (Year C)
    Additional services:
    - Palm Sunday
    - Maundy Thursday
    - Good Friday
    - Easter Vigil
    - Easter Day
    - Ascension Day
    - Pentecost (Whit Sunday)
    - Trinity Sunday
  • Cantor-led worship
    Rosemary Field offers some recommendations to try.
  • Music for Passiontide
  • Music on eucharistic themes
  • Jubilate Deo in C by Benjamin Britten
    Guidance for choir trainers by Sarah MacDonald

Issue 62

  • Resources for worship from Sunday 6 January to Sunday 17 March 2013 (Year C)
    Additional services:
    - Epiphany
    - The Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas)
    - Ash Wednesday
    - Mothering Sunday
  • Planning worship for Lent
    Anne Harrison suggests resources to enrich Lenten worship
  • Light in the darkness
    Ideas for services celebrating the light of Christ
  • J.S. Bach: Herr Gott, nun schleuss den Himmel auf (BWV 617)
    An organ lesson by Daniel Moult

Issue 61

  • Resources for worship from Sunday 7 October to Sunday 30 December 2012 (Year B/C)
    Additional services:
    - Simon and Jude, Apostles
    - Bible Sunday
    - All Saints' Day
    - Remembrance Sunday
    - Christmas Day
  • 'Into the darkness of this world'
    Roger Peach considers how to arrange the song for a music group.
  • Hymn and song recommendations in Sunday by Sunday
    Alan Wilson explains how he sets about this task.
  • One world leads to another
    Greater Love by John Ireland: a reflection on the anthem by Simon Reynolds
  • Greater Love by John Ireland
    Guidance for choir trainers by Peter Nardone

Issue 60

  • Resources for worship from Sunday 24 June to Sunday 30 September 2012 (Year B)
    Additional services:
    - The Birth of John the Baptist
    - Mary Magdalene
  • At all times and in all places
    Celebrating the 350th anniversary of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer
  • 'How shall we sing salvation's song?'
    The winning tune in the 2011 Harold Smart Composition Competition, a setting by David Manners of words by Timothy Dudley-Smith
  • London 2012: Making connections
    Resources on Olympic themes
  • Let all the world in every corner sing
    Geoff Weaver offers suggestions for using global music in worship.

Issue 59

  • Resources for worship from Sunday 1 April to Sunday 17 June 2012 (Year B), including Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Eastertide
    Additional services:
    - The Easter Triduum (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday) including musical suggestions relating to 'renewal' for the Easter Vigil
    - Ascension Day
    - Celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee
  • Music for Passiontide
  • Music on eucharistic themes
  • Leading eucharistic song
    Regional Music Adviser Frances Novillo explains how a cantor can be used in eucharistic services
  • Crown Imperial by William Walton
    An organ lesson by Daniel Moult

Issue 58

  • Resources for worship from Sunday 6 January 2012 to Sunday 25 March 2012 (Year B)
    Additional services:
    - Epiphany
    - The Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas)
    - Ash Wednesday
  • Leading effective rehearsals
    Peter Gunstone describes a people-centred approach.
  • Music for baptism and confirmation services
  • O nata lux by Thomas Tallis
    A guide for choir trainers by Matthew Owens

Issue 57

  • Resources for worship from Sunday 2 October 2011 to Sunday 1 January 2012 (Year A/B)
    Additional services:
    - Dedication Festival
    - Bible Sunday
    - All Saints' Day
    - Christmas Day
    - New Year (including Watch Night and Methodist Covenant Services)
  • Accompanying worship songs on the organ
    Gerard Brooks explores some principles and techniques
  • Selecting the song - watching the words
    David Ogden on choosing choral music for worship
  • A Song of the New Creation
    A setting of words from Isaiah 43 by Anne Harrison
  • How to use plainchant in worship
    Simple suggestions for cantors and song leaders by John Rowlands-Pritchard

Issue 56

  • Resources for worship from Sunday 3 July to Sunday 25 September 2011 (Year A)
    Additional services:
    - Thomas the Apostle
    - 'Dona nobis pacem' (marking the tenth anniversary of the '9/11' terrorist atrocities)
  • Music for church weddings
  • Establishing a music group
    Andrew Maries gives help and guidance.
  • Organ music recommendations in Sunday by Sunday
    John Henderson explains how he sets about his task.
  • Making the most of your choir
    Jon Payne encourages choir leaders to be creative.

Issue 55

  • Resources for worship from Sunday 17 April to Sunday 26 June 2011 (Year A), including Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Eastertide
    Additional services:
    - The Easter Triduum (including musical suggestions relating to women in salvation for the Easter Vigil)
    - Ascension Day
  • Music for Passiontide
  • Music on eucharistic themes
  • Enabling the song of God's people
    Alison Adam offers practical starting points for leaders of congregational song.
  • 'When Miriam's daughters rise and sing'
    A hymn in celebration of music
  • Organ lesson
    Accompanying hymns: Essential skills for organists by Daniel Moult

Issue 54

  • Resources for worship from Sunday 2 January to Sunday 10 April 2011 (Year A)
    Additional services:
    - Epiphany
    - The Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas)
    - Mothering Sunday
  • Choral masterclass
    Paul Trepte provides guidance on how to prepare a choir to sing 'Light of the World' from Edward Elgar’s oratorio The Light of Life.
  • The Beatitudes (A Song of the Blessed)
    A responsorial setting for choir and congregation by Alan Wilson
  • 'Purify my heart'
    This well-known worship song by Brian Doerksen has a penitential theme suitable for the season of Lent. Richard Hubbard suggests musical approaches and ways to use the song in the liturgy.

Issue 53

  • Resources for worship from Sunday 3 October to Sunday 26 December 2010 (Year C/A)
    Additional services:
    - All Saints' Day
    - Remembrance Sunday
  • From 'Whatever . . .' to 'What's next?'
    David Ogden offers some ideas to engage teenagers in church music.
  • 'Hymns and songs for refreshing worship'
    Anne Harrison introduces Sing Praise, a new collection of hymns and songs.
  • Worship during Advent
    Suggestions for using the Great 'O' Antiphons from the Sunday by Sunday team
  • Organ lesson
    Anne Marsden Thomas discusses the Berceuse from 24 Pièces en Style Libre (Book Two) by Louis Vierne.

Issue 52

  • Resources for worship from Sunday 13 June to Sunday 26 September 2010 (Year C)
    Additional services:
    - James the Apostle
    - The Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Celebrating Music Sunday
  • Psalm 150
    A new setting suitable for Music Sunday by David Ogden
  • Warming up
    Vocal techniques, advice and exercises by Hilary Llystyn Jones
  • Jesus, lead us to the Father
    Sam Hargreaves introduces his song and explains how it can be used in worship.

Issue 51

  • Resources for worship from Sunday 28 March to Sunday 6 June 2010 (Year C), including Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Eastertide
    Additional services:
    - The Easter Triduum (including musical suggestions relating to baptism for the Easter Vigil)
    - Ascension Day
  • Music for Passiontide
  • Music on eucharistic themes
  • Leading God's people in song
    Geoff Weaver considers the role and skills of a cantor
  • Working within limits?
    Ideas for churches with limited musical resources
  • Organ lesson
    Gerard Brooks discusses the Toccata from Douze Pièces pour Orgue by Théodore Dubois.

Issue 50

  • Resources for worship from Sunday 3 January to Sunday 21 March 2010 (Year C)
    Additional services:
    - Epiphany
    - The Presentation of Christ in the Temple
    - Ash Wednesday
    - Mothering Sunday
  • Choral masterclass
    David Hill gives advice on how to train a choir to sing Solus ad victimam by Kenneth Leighton
  • Services of prayer for healing
    Guidance and resources for planning services which focus on prayer for the healing of mind and body
  • 'God of hope and Lord of healing'
    A new setting by Margaret Rizza of words by Christopher Idle
  • Instruments of praise
    Peter Gunstone reflects on the use of instruments in worship and considers some principles for leading a music group.

Issue 49 (new look publication)

  • Resources for worship from Sunday 11 October to Sunday 27 December 2009 (Year B/C)
    Additional services:
    - Luke the Evangelist
    - Bible Sunday
  • Liturgical trainspotting?
    Peter Moger explains how the use of a lectionary provides a framework for worship
  • Beyond the notes
    Esther Jones offers practical advice to church choir directors
  • Christmas carol services
    Tim Ruffer and Peter Moger suggest a new approach (see downloads tab)
  • Organ lesson
    Anne Marsden Thomas gives guidance to organists for approaching the Toccata from Boëllmann's Suite Gothique

Issue 48

  • Liturgy resources for Ordinary Time:
    The Fourth Sunday after Trinity to the Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity (Year B)
  • 'I am the Light' – a hymn written by the Dean of Canterbury for the 2008 Lambeth Conference
  • 'A Time for God’s Creation'
    Resources for use when celebrating creation and praying about environmental issues, introduced by Peter Moger

Issue 47

  • Liturgy resources for Holy Week, Eastertide and Ordinary Time:
    Palm Sunday to the Third Sunday after Trinity (Year B)
    Additional services
    - The Easter Triduum (including musical suggestions relating to freedom for the Easter Vigil)
    - Ascension Day
  • General Passiontide hymns, songs, organ music, anthems and vocal music
  • Words and music of the hymn 'I cannot tell', including a verse for Easter by Dr Michael O'Connor

Issue 46

  • Liturgy resources for Epiphany, Ordinary Time and Lent:
    The Second Sunday of Christmas to the Fifth Sunday of Lent (Year B)
    Additional services:
    - The Conversion of Paul
    - The Presentation of Christ in the Temple
    - Ash Wednesday
    - Mothering Sunday
  • Psalm 139.1-18 (Common Worship Psalter) with chant by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
  • 'Sent by the Lord' - resources related to mission themes, with introductory material by Geoff Weaver and Peter Moger
  • 'Of your own do we give you' - musical resources linked with the stewardship of time, talents and money

Issue 45

  • Liturgy resources for Ordinary Time, All Saints to Advent, Advent and Christmas:
    The Twentieth Sunday after Trinity (Year A) to the First Sunday of Christmas (Year B)
    Additional services:
    - Bible Sunday
    - All Saints' Day
  • 'Celebrating the Eucharist – Children welcome?' - an article by Gill Ambrose, with musical resources to enable the participation of children in eucharistic liturgy
  • 'Celebrating Sacred Space' - resources for services which celebrate the places where Christians meet for worship, introduced by Peter Moger
  • A new introit by Richard Shephard, 'O worship the Lord', ideal for SATB choirs celebrating Music Sunday

Issue 44

  • Liturgy resources for Ordinary Time:
    The Fourth Sunday after Trinity to the Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity (Year A)
    Additional services:
    - Peter and Paul, Apostles
    - Bartholomew the Apostle
    - Holy Cross Day
    - Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist
  • An article by Geoff Weaver on using songs from the world church, with a piece of music from a new RSCM collection of global song, In Every Corner Sing

Issue 43

  • Liturgy resources for Holy Week, Eastertide and Ordinary Time:
    Palm Sunday to the Third Sunday after Trinity (Year A)
    Additional services:
    - The Easter Triduum (including an enlarged section of resources for the Easter Vigil)
    - Ascension Day
  • General Passiontide hymns, songs, anthems and vocal music
  • Information about a new Passiontide sequence, The Way of the Cross, with a short musical extract

Issue 42

  • Liturgy resources for Epiphany, Ordinary Time and Lent:
    Epiphany to the Fifth Sunday of Lent (Year A)
    Additional services;
    - The Presentation of Christ in the Temple
    - Mothering Sunday
  • 'O Lord, hear our prayer’
    Resources for sung prayer and services where intercession is a particular focus
  • A responsorial setting of the canticle 'A Song of Anselm' and an anthem based on the same text

Issue 41

  • Liturgy resources for Ordinary Time, All Saints to Advent, Advent and Christmas:
    The Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity (Year C) to the First Sunday of Christmas (Year A)
    Additional services:
    - Simon and Jude, Apostles
    - All Saints' Day
    - Commemoration of the Faithful Departed
  • Hymn Book Survey: (the survey is now closed)
  • 'Celebrating the Ministry of Musicians'
    Resources for services with a particular musical focus, including the commissioning of those who serve the Christian community through music
  • A flexible setting by John Harper of 'Bless, O Lord, us your servants' (the RSCM Choristers' Prayer)

Issue 40

  • Liturgy resources for Ordinary Time:
    The Third Sunday after Trinity to the Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity (Year C)
    Additional services:
    - The Birth of John the Baptist
    - Mary Magdalene
  • Gospel acclamations – eight pages of music

Issue 39

  • Liturgy resources for Holy Week, Eastertide and Ordinary Time:
    Palm Sunday to the Second Sunday after Trinity (Year C)
    Additional services:
    - The Easter Triduum (including an enlarged section of resources for the Easter Vigil)
    - Ascension Day
    - Day of Thanksgiving for Holy Communion (Corpus Christi)
  • General Passiontide hymns, songs, anthems and vocal music
  • General Eucharistic hymns, songs, anthems and vocal music

Issue 38

  • Liturgy resources for Epiphany, Ordinary Time and Lent:
    Epiphany to the Fifth Sunday of Lent (Year C)
  • 'The Light of the World'
    Resources for occasions focussing on the light of Christ, including Christingle services
  • 'O Trinity of blessed light', music arranged by Sam and Ally Barrett
  • 'Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven'
    Resources for services of healing and reconciliation

Issue 37

  • Liturgy resources for Ordinary Time, All Saints to Advent, Advent and Christmas:
    The Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity (Year B) to the First Sunday of Christmas (Year C)
  • Varied accompaniments and descants for hymns
  • A responsorial setting by Colin Mawby of the Benedictus (The Song of Zechariah)
  • 'Let justice flow…'
    Music for services on themes connected with social justice

Issue 36

  • Liturgy resources for Ordinary Time:
    The Third Sunday after Trinity to the Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity (Year B)
  • Organ music for manuals only
  • A Hymn for St Matthew, words by Timothy Dudley-Smith, music by John Harper
    (see downloads tab for alternative accompaniment)
  • 'Called to Serve'
    Music for services of commissioning for ministry

Issue 35

  • Liturgy resources for Holy Week, Eastertide and Ordinary Time:
    Palm Sunday to the Second Sunday after Trinity (Year B)
    Additional services:
    - The Easter Triduum
    - Ascension Day
    - Day of Thanksgiving for Holy Communion (Corpus Christi)
  • General Passiontide hymns, songs, anthems and vocal music
  • General Eucharistic hymns, songs, anthems and vocal music
  • Singing the Psalms at the Easter Vigil
  • An Easter Fanfare for organ by Alan Wilson
  • Preface
    how to access the Common Worship: Times and Seasons material, plus a brief tribute to Brother Roger of Taizé (1915-2005)

Issue 34

  • Liturgy resources for Epiphany, Ordinary Time and Lent:
    Epiphany to the Fifth Sunday of Lent (Year B)
    Additional services:
    - The Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas)
    - Ash Wednesday
  • 'In Christ alone'
    Arrangement for SATB choir by Paul Leddington Wright of the hymn by Stuart Townend and Keith Getty, with a descant for v.4
  • Music for services of baptism and confirmation
    A baptismal hymn, a pastoral introduction to music for baptisms, and lists of music for initiation services, including suggestions for canticles sung in procession to the font
  • The Earth is the Lord's
    Music on the theme of creation
  • Preface
    Including an announcement that, from Issue 35 onwards, hymns will be listed from the Church of Scotland's newly revised hymnal (CH4) rather than Church Hymnary 3

Issue 33

  • Liturgy resources for Ordinary Time, All Saints to Advent, Advent and Christmas:
    The Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity (Year A) to the Second Sunday of Christmas (Year B)
    Additional services:
    - Dedication Festival
    - Bible Sunday
    - All Saints' Day
    - New Year (including resources for the Methodist Covenant Service)
  • Remembering those who have died
    Music for funerals, memorial services and other occasions of remembrance
  • 'The Carol Book'
    An introduction to a new RSCM seasonal resource for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany
    with two musical extracts: 'Lord, when you came to earth' and 'Go, tell it on the mountain'
  • 'Dona nobis pacem'
    Musical resources to support prayer for world peace
  • Preface
    Possible changes to Remembrance Sunday ceremonies are being considered following the sixtieth anniversary in 2005 of the ending of the Second World War.

Issue 32

  • Liturgy resources for Ordinary Time:
    The Second Sunday after Trinity to the Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity (Year A)
    Additional service:
    - Thomas the Apostle
  • 'The greatest of these is love'
    Music for weddings, renewal of marriage vows, St Valentine's Day, Mothering Sunday and any occasions when the readings focus on the theme of love
  • Advance notice of the publication of Church Hymnary: Fourth Edition, a new hymn book for the Church of Scotland, from which several hymns and songs are listed in this issue

Issue 31

  • Liturgy resources for Holy Week, Eastertide and Ordinary Time:
    Palm Sunday to the First Sunday after Trinity (Year A)
    Additional services:
    - The Easter Triduum
    - Ascension Day
    - Day of Thanksgiving for Holy Communion (Corpus Christi)
  • 'Do this in remembrance of me'
    Music for Common Worship Holy Communion
  • 'Watch and pray'
    Using music from the Taizé Community
  • General Passiontide organ music
  • General Eucharistic anthems
  • A chanted version of the 'Exsultet', the Easter Song of Praise

Issue 30

  • Liturgy resources for Epiphany, Ordinary Time and Lent:
    The Second Sunday of Christmas to the Fifth Sunday of Lent (Year A)
    Additional services:
    - The Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas)
    - Ash Wednesday
    - Mothering Sunday
  • Invocations and benedictions
    Musical suggestions for beginning and ending services
  • Prayer response from 'Bread for the Hungry'
    A short piece by John Harper, 'Father, you sent your Son', from a recent festival service book
  • Announcement of some changes to the team producing Sunday by Sunday

Issue 29

  • Liturgy resources for Ordinary Time, All Saints to Advent, Advent and Christmas:
    The Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity (Year C) to the First Sunday of Christmas (Year A)
    Additional services:
    - Dedication Festival
    - Bible Sunday
    - All Saints' Day
    - Remembrance Sunday
    - Stephen, Deacon, First Martyr
  • Making the most of Sunday by Sunday
    An article by Alan Wilson on choosing music for worship
  • Sing Joyfully!
    Hymns for times of praise

Issue 28

  • Liturgy resources for Ordinary Time:
    The Fourth to the Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity (Year C)
    Additional services:
    - James the Apostle
    - The Blessed Virgin Mary
  • O Gladsome Light
    Music for evening services; some of the pieces could also be used during Night Prayer
  • An Evening Psalm
    A simple setting of Psalm 141 by Alan Wilson
  • May the grace of Christ our Saviour
    An anthem for SATB choirs by Gordon Lawson (winner of the Harold Smart composition competition, 2003)

Issue 27

  • Liturgy resources for Holy Week, Eastertide and Ordinary Time:
    Palm Sunday to the Third Sunday after Trinity (Year C)
    Additional services:
    - The Easter Triduum
    - Ascension Day
  • From the Rising of the Sun
    Music for morning services
  • General Passiontide anthems
  • General eucharistic hymns, songs and anthems

Issue 26

  • Liturgy resources for Epiphany, Ordinary Time and Lent:
    The Second Sunday of Christmas to the Fifth Sunday of Lent (Year C)
    Additional services:
    - The Conversion of Paul
    -The Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas)
    - Ash Wednesday
    - Mothering Sunday
  • Worship during Lent
    An article by Dr David Kennedy, Canon Precentor of Durham Cathedral
  • I will climb the holy mountain
    A hymn for the Transfiguration with words by Angela Tilby and music by Michael O'Connor
  • May They Be One
    Music for the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity

Issue 25

  • Liturgy resources for Ordinary Time:
    The Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity (Year B) to the First Sunday of Christmas (Year C)
    Additional services:
    - Dedication Festival
    - Bible Sunday
    - All Saints Day
    - Remembrance Sunday
  • Behold the handmaid of the Lord
    Music for the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Carols for Life 1
    Listing of contents of this publication, which includes 3 outline carol services (for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany) and training notes for each piece
  • Peter Aston: O my dear heart (setting of a lovely cradle-song text 'Balulalow' by the Wedderburn brothers (c. 1567)

Issue 24

  • Liturgy resources for Ordinary Time:
    The First to the Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity (Year B)
    Additional services:
    - Peter and Paul, Apostles, or Peter the Apostle
    - Bartholomew the Apostle
    - Holy Cross Day
    - Matthew the Apostle
  • Lectionary variations
    A summary of the features and differences between the Roman Lectionary (1969), the Revised Common Lectionary (1983, revised 1992) and the Common Worship Lectionary (1997, 2000), and how this affects Sunday by Sunday.
  • Hymn book survey

Issue 23

  • Liturgy resources for Holy Week and Eastertide:
    Palm Sunday to Corpus Christi (Year B)
    Additional services:
    - The Easter Triduum
    - I am the bread of life (general Eucharistic anthems and vocal music)
    - God so loved the world (general Passion anthems and vocal music)
  • Ascension Day
  • Music supplement
    Philip Ledger: Classical Communion Service – Creed (metrical version, text by Timothy Dudley-Smith)
    Richard Shephard: Addington Service – Eucharistic Acclamations from a new (Common Worship compliant) edition
    Philip Godfrey: St James' Mass – Agnus Dei

Issue 22

  • Liturgy resources for Christmastide, Epiphany, Ordinary Time and Lent:
    Christmas Day to the Fifth Sunday of Lent (Year B)
    Additional services:
    - The Presentation of Christ (Candlemas)
    - Ash Wednesday
    - Mothering Sunday
  • Born of water and the Spirit:
    Music for services of baptism and confirmation
  • Twelve days of Christmas: 26 December – 6 January
    Celebrate this part of the season with something extra – suggestions for perhaps a short daily service, private devotion, or family prayers. For each day there is a scripture reading, a selection of hymns and songs for congregational use and suggested choral pieces.

Issue 21

  • Liturgy resources for Ordinary Time and Advent:
    The Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity (Year A) to the Fourth Sunday of Advent (Year B)
    Additional services:
    - Michael and All Angels
    - Dedication Sunday
    - Bible Sunday
    - All Saints
    - Remembrance Sunday
  • Music for funerals
  • Carol services in Advent
    Three possible outlines are offered, based on the themes of Advent:
    • The Day of the Lord: the second coming of Christ at the end of time
    • The Witness to the Light: John the Baptist who came not to be the light, but to speak for the light
    • Emmanuel, God with us: the first coming of Christ at Christmas

Issue 20

  • Liturgy resources for Ordinary Time:
    The First to the Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity (Year A)
  • Music for weddings
    Each wedding is unique. Those leading worship – together with those who are getting married – need to make informed choices. Help is given in thinking about the right choice for this particular wedding, together with suggestions for hymns and songs, music for organ (and trumpet), anthems and vocal music.
  • Music supplement
    Michael O'Connor: The Father's hands
    Timothy Dudley-Smith: To God we come in prayer and praise (text of a new hymn for the Queen's Golden Jubilee)

Issue 19

  • Liturgy resources for Lent and Eastertide:
    Palm Sunday to Trinity Sunday (Year A)
    Additional services:
    - The Easter Triduum
  • The cantor: the way forward
    David Ogden continues his article on cantors with practical advice.
    • preparing the way
    • rehearsing the congregation
    • hints for cantors
    • five pointers for rehearsing the congregation
    • recommended further reading

Issue 18

  • Liturgy resources for Epiphany, Ordinary Time and Lent:
    Epiphany to the Fifth Sunday of Lent (Year A)
    Additional services
    • The Presentation of Christ (Candlemas)
    • Ash Wednesday
    • Mothering Sunday
  • One way forward: two-way prayer
    In the first of two installments, David Ogden considers the role of the cantor in worship
    • teaching and leading a congregation in sung prayer
    • the role of the cantor
  • Roads less travelled
    Alternative suggestions to Olivet to Calvary and Crucifixion:
    • Harper: The Litany of the Thorns
    • Archer: Love unknown
    • Wood: St Mark Passion
    • Bell and Maule: Enemy of Apathy
    • From Gallows to Glory
    • The Cross of Christ
    • Lift high the cross
    • Kelly: Crucifixion
    • Somervell: The Passion of Christ
    • Dubois: The Seven Last Words
    • Handel: The Passion of Christ
  • Music supplement
    'The Lament of A Sudanese Christian' (from John Harper ed., The Litany of the Thorns)

Issue 17

  • Liturgy resources for Ordinary Time, Advent and Christmastide:
    The Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity (Year C) to First Sunday of Christmas (Year A)
    Additional services:
    - Bible Sunday
    - Dedication Festival
    - Simon and Jude, Apostles
    - All Saints
  • Matthew's Gospel
    In Year A of the lectionary's three-year cycle we listen, each Sunday, to extracts from Matthew's version of the Good News. The following points are offered as a guide to Matthew's gospel, highlighting some of his distinctive fingerprints.
    • Jewish roots
    • faith-filled memory
    • worship the Son of God
    • teacher of truth
    • at the centre: the coming Kingdom of heaven

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