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INDEX of CAROLS & OTHER CHRISTMAS, ADVENT & EPIPHANY MATERIAL: Titles, brief introductory comments and links to words and tunes

Carols and Advent/Christmas hymns titled in red for easy reference

Children’s/ All-Age activities marked with asterisks ****

ADVENT by Margaret Bowdler Click Here

ADVENT CATHEDRAL Click HERE
A beautiful and fitting start to Advent in the mighty Cathedral at Ely

ADVENT by Trevor Thorn Click HERE

****ALL AGE FUN ACTIVITY FOR THE CHRISTMAS PERIOD Click here
A simple singing and counting activity with minimal props partly provided in the post itself

AT BETHLEHEM IN BORROWED CATTLE STALL (CAROL) (Click here):
 A carol based on the beautiful French folksong Plaisir D'Amour with a fanfare chorus based on the magnificent  Isaiah prophecy "Wonderful, Counsellor... "

****AN ANGEL TOLD SHEPHERDS WITH GREAT, GREAT JOY (CAROL) (Click here)

A simple-to- learn children's carol which tells of the birth of Jesus and the Salvation story

BEFORE THE CREATION, THE WORD WAS WITH GOD (HYMN) (Click Here)

A sung version of The Christmas Gospel (John 1. 1 - 15). Sing it  to the tune 'To God be The Glory'

BE STILL, SMALL EARTH (CAROL) (Click Here),
also known as 'A Carol of the Cosmos' as it celebrates the cosmic disturbances that marked the birth of Jesus. This is written to be sung to the hymn tune from Finlandia (Please observe the copyright note printed with this carol).

BETHLEHEM EMBATTLED Click Here 
A poem reflecting the sadness of modern-day Bethlehem.

CHRISTINGLE - 4 Suggestions Click Here

Four ideas to make your Christingle even more special. (All tried and tested)

CLOSING THE FOLIO OF THE YEAR
A meditation on the emotions of the closing year CLICK HERE

DEEPEST HUMILITY Click Here
Poem with the possibility of being turned into a Carol in 2015/6

GO TO NAZARETH MY GREAT MESSENGER (CAROL) Click Here Imagines God instructing His Angels from The Annunciation to the warning to Joseph to flee with his new family 

to Egypt. Lively dance-style tune.

MEDITATION ON APPROACHING THE MANGER: A challenge to each one of us Click HERE

MYSTERIOUS VISITOR Click here
Come Jesus, come now again,...

OVER PLAINS OF ARABIA ONE CRYSTAL NIGHT (STAR OF JUBILEE) Click HereStory of the Star sung to the Shaker Tune used for Sidney Carter’s 'Lord of the Dance’

****PASS THE (EMPTY) PARCEL Click Here
A simple twist to a favourite game leading to messages of Justice and Love

PRAISE THE CREATOR GOD Click Here
Hills of The North Rejoice reframed to start with creation and build to the crescendo of Advent

**** SHEPHERDS TALE (Click Here)

An INTERACTIVE way of telling the story of the shepherds that involves EVERY (mobile) member of your fellowship/ congregation. With complete script.

STABLE TALK (CAROL) - See below ‘This Manger’s Well Made’

A new carol that gives Joseph a ‘voice’ in the stable as he imagines the future for his new-born son

STARS AND PLANETS SING YOUR GLORY  (HYMN) (Click here).
This hymn of praise, (can be sung ‘Lux Eoi’ (preferred tune) or to the Beethoven tune used for 'Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee’ or another 8.8.8.8 tune) is suitable as a Christmas hymn but can also be used at other times to celebrate Christ as the Lord of the entire cosmos.

STAR OF BETHLEHEM (Click Here)

A short poem reflecting on what might/ might not have been the nature of the Nativity Star


STAR OF HIGH HEAVEN by John B Hobbs (Click Here)
Children’s Carol for the Epiphany to the Low German Folk tune
Dat Du min leefste büst'


THE CHRIST CHILD: ETERNITY IS BLESSED (Click Here)
Meditation for Christmas

THE CRIB & THE COSMOS (Click Here)

Meditation for Christmas

THIS MANGERS WELL MADE (Stable Talk) (Click HERE)
A new carol that gives Joseph a ‘voice’ in the stable as he imagines the future for his new-born son

VIVID WINTER'S MORN (CAROL) (Click here)

This carol is intended to be played and sung in rock style

WOOD AND NAILS (Click Here)
Reflection on the beauty of the child Jesus - and his ongoing life and death

**** WISE MEN'S TALE (Click Here)

An INTERACTIVE way of telling the story of the wise men that involves EVERY (mobile) member of your fellowship/ congregation With complete script.

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe
It is currently thought that the Universe has at least 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars! Hence the use of the word ‘scintilla’ for a mere ten thousand billion.

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)
Cross and Particle Accelerator. The words of 'A Prayer for Understanding' can be viewed by clicking on this image

Nebula (Embroidery)

Nebula (Embroidery)
Nebula (Embroidery) to accompany the poem 'Invitation' which can be found by clicking on the image.

Orange Galaxy

Orange Galaxy
'Orange Galaxy' posted to accompany 'Bounded and Boundless'. Go to the poem by clicking on the image.

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower
Cosmic Icon 7 - Summerflower Nebula (Acrylic)

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth
Cosmic Ikon 8: Moth Nebula(imagined-acrylic) The Gold field of deep space is intended to convey the Lordship of Christ over the whole of the Cosmos

Surprise garden rose (Photo)

Surprise garden rose (Photo)
This beautiful head of roses in our garden, which are giving off a delightful perfume in the morning sun, seems a fitting picture to link to the sonnet 'Evolution and Beauty'. Let the picture take you there. It is a surprise because it is growing high on a bush of otherwise pure yellow roses: amazing!

Cross and Vortex

Cross and Vortex
'Cross and Vortex' to accompany 'Stars and Planets Sing Your Glory'. Click on the image to go to the poem/hymn.

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)
Gaseous Cosmic Threads: Mixed media - acrylics and painted threads

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)
Warm Umbrian Hills: Click image to take you to the poem St Francis' Sky

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)
'Cosmic Labyrinth' - This icon is a symbol of the path through the near reaches of the Cosmos with its 'Havens' where current advances in science (2012/13) are celebrated. By clicking on the picture you will be taken to the latest version of the poem of the same name.

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)
Time, perhaps to consider a restorative break before the approach of Advent/ Christmas. Let this image take you to 'On Drawing Apart'.

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)
On the South shore of Iona is a bay which shows the industrial scarring of a beautiful place. Read of it by clicking on the picture

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)
The Imaginary Butterfly Nebula . Anything like this would be a real Curiosity! The image will link you to the reflection titled 'Curiosity' which is actually a celebration of the achievement of landing the Mars Rover of that name

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)
'Light of the world' posted to accompany 'To Light'. Find the poem by clicking on the image.

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)
Iona from Fionnphort. At this point of the Isle of Mull, the end of a pilgrimage or trip to Iona is in sight. Click on this picture to take you to the poem 'IONA - The Pilgrim Way'

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)
Cross and simple prayer rope: make one like this to use as an aid to using ‘The Jesus Prayer'