Stephen, ordained in the United Reformed Church in Great Britain, serves in ministry in Cardiff, Cumbria, UK.
Rev Dr Merryl Blair is Senior Lecturer of Old Testament at Stirling Theological College, Mulgrave, Victoria, Australia and Melbourne College of Divinity, Australia. Merryl writes liturgy primarily arising from her reading of the Old Testament.
Jim Burklo, Associate Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California, writes regularly for the ProgressiveChristianity.org liturgy project. Many of his liturgical materials can be found in his book Birdlike and Barnless: Meditations, Prayers, and Songs for Progressive Christians (2008, St Johann Press). Explore his blog for hymns, prayers and more.
“I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, moved to Winfield, Kansas for college at Southwestern College, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy in 2009. I began seminary at Phillips Theological Seminary in 2010 and will graduate with my Master of Divinity in May 2016. I live in Lakewood, Colorado with my wife and 2 dogs, cat, and cockatiel. I work as an Independent Life Skills Trainer, helping brain injury survivors regain skills for independent living.”
Thandiwe serves in ministry at Cairn Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Lafayette, Colorado
Many of the photos on Worship Words are through the discerning lens of Thandiwe.
Visit Steve’s blog, Unfolding Light, “a daily reflection rooted in a contemplative, Creation-centered spirituality, often inspired by my daily walk in the woods.” The items included in Worship Words are re-printed with permission from the author.
Steve describes himself on his blog: “I’m a United Methodist pastor in Massachusetts. I’ve served churches for 37 years, mostly in Montana and New Hampshire. I’ve also lived in South Dakota, California, Washington and Minnesota. I have a wife, Beth, and three grown sons whom I love dearly. I often lead retreats on prayer, poetry and renewing our language about God. I used to write and perform with the Montana Logging & Ballet Company, a quartet that did music and comedy around the country…”
Writer and minister in the United Reformed Church in Great Britain who cares about words and loves children, worship and baptisms! Ana established and edits Worship Words.
Ana, with her husband Tod, serves a pastorate of three United Reformed Church congregations in Andover, Broad Chalke and Salisbury. From 2010 – 2015 they served St Andrew’s United Reformed Church in Brockley, London UK.
Their years of service in Global Ministries (Christian Church-Disciples of Christ USA and United Church of Christ USA) have taken them to South Africa, Zimbabwe and Australia.
Tod, with his wife, Ana, serves a pastorate of three United Reformed Church congregations in Andover, Broad Chalke and Salisbury UK. From 2010 – 2015 they served St Andrew’s United Reformed Church in Brockley, London UK.
Carla, a writer and teacher, is an ordained minister in the United Reformed Church in Great Britain.
I’m a nurse specializing in care of the elderly in an acute hospital setting. I live in Oxford, in the UK, with my wife and two rescue dogs, and am a member and elder at Cumnor URC (a small village church just outside Oxford). I enjoy art, printmaking, writing and walks in fields and forests with our two lovely dogs. I’m also currently going through the candidating process for Ministry of Word and Sacraments in the United Reformed Church.
Lauren, ordained by the Churches of Christ in Australia, serves Hartwell Church of Christ in Melbourne, Victoria.
Loren McGrail lives and works in Palestine.
Pastor, husband, father, runner, reader, thinker. I’m a former independent, fundamental Baptist who stumbled into ‘liberal’ Christianity, ordained by the Disciples of Christ and proudly serving a United Church of Christ congregation.
Loren’s statement of faith, ‘What I do and do not believe,’ is included in the Worship Words Longest Night Service resources.
“I am a retired United Methodist clergy person serving half-time at the Lattimer United Methodist Church in Lattimer Mines, Pennsylvania, USA. I have represented my Annual Conference at various ecumenical and interfaith gathering. My wife, Anne, and I live with four cats.”
Lynne, a member of the Churches of Christ in Australia, has been writing prayers and liturgy for many years. Formerly both a primary school teacher and a professional musician, Lynne had to give up work for health reasons. She now assists theological students with proof-reading, concentrating mainly on students whose first language is not English. Her passions are reading, music, art, photography and social justice.
Born in Victoria, Australia, George Stuart lives with his wife, Wendy, in Toronto, New South Wales, Australia. He received his Bachelor of Divinity at Melbourne University’s Ormond College. His career has been varied, beginning as an Industrial Chemist, then as a Church Youth Worker and as a clergy person in the Presbyterian and Uniting Churches. Subsequently he worked as a Personnel Officer/Manager, concluding his employment as a Rehabilitation Consultant. Hea and his wife are blessed with four lovely daughters, their partners and six delightful grandchildren. He has drunk deeply from life’s love and beauty.
George Stuart has written singable hymns with grounded, authentic and original lyrics set to traditional and familiar tunes. His “Singing a New Song” series includes 4 general volumes of new lyrics and 3 volumes (1 for each year) of new lyrics based on the Gospel readings from the Revised Common Lectionary. Indexes help one easily find tunes, titles, first lines and gospel passages used in 280 of the lyrics (George’s favourites). If you have the time to browse through the electronic versions of the books themselves, there are many more lyrics not listed in the indexes. The full musical scores are included beside the lyrics except when there are copyright law restrictions.
Thanks to George’s generosity, all of the lyrics published on his website are free of any copyright restrictions and limitations and thus are all available for your use.
George is happy to be contacted directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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