Duncan Wilson

His were the hands — Duncan Wilson, UK

Inspired by Michael Rosen His were the hands That shaped the wood That smoothed the knot That summoned the friends And launched the boat His were the hands That touched the blind And opened ears That held the child And cast out fears His were the hands That fingered the coin That plucked the corn […]

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Hazelnut meditation — Duncan Wilson, UK

This reflection might be read on Easter morning, or during a time of meditation, having distributed a hazelnut for each participant to hold.                         Text: Wee, wizened pod of latent life, dormant hope protecting, I hold your power entire within my hand and wonder […]

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Psalm 72 refreshed – Duncan Wilson, UK

Written for Epiphany, Year C Teach your Chosen One, O God, how to rule your people with justice and how to govern with gentleness the people who stagger under heavy loads. May your Chosen One judge fairly and give attention to the people most in need. May your Chosen One be like showers of rain […]

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Psalm 80 renewed – Duncan Wilson, UK

Advent 4, Year C Hear us, Shepherd God, leading your flock, we are in trouble and need you to save us. Bring us back, show us your mercy, come to our rescue. Do not take offence at our pleading. The world is like a cup filled with sorrows. We have shed too many tears, fighting […]

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Psalm 25 Renewed — Duncan Wilson, UK

First Sunday of Advent, Year C Here we bring you our prayers, dear God, because we know we can trust you, and because you don’t keep on reminding us about the things we do wrong. Help us to see where your way leads and to follow in it. Make us listen to the guidance you […]

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Psalm 93 renewed – Duncan Wilson, UK

Proper 29, Year B Awesome God, wrapped in glory, by your strength you set the earth upon its axis, immovable for ever. Before time began, you held sway. The ocean canyons bellow, yet your voice from heaven rings out over the soaring waves, louder than the ocean’s rage. And in this way your laws, and […]

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Psalm 93 Anew — Duncan Wilson, UK

for Christ the King Sunday, Year B Awesome God, wrapped in glory, by your strength you set the earth upon its axis, immovable for ever. Before time began, you held sway. The ocean canyons bellow, yet your voice from heaven rings out over the soaring waves, louder than the ocean’s rage. And in this way […]

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Psalm 84 Renewed — Duncan Wilson, UK

For Pentecost 13, Year B May be read responsively or by a single voice. Guardian over all the nations, how we love your dwelling place. Here, even the sparrow may find a home and the swallow make her nest, raising her brood beside your altars. Happy are those who are at home in your house. […]

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Psalm 145 Renewed — Duncan Wilson, UK

For Pentecost 9, Year B  You, our Holy One, are gracious and compassionate, long suffering and ever faithful. You are good to all; And your compassion rests upon all you have made. You keep faith with us and are consistent in all you do, supporting all who stumble and raising those brought low. All your […]

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Psalm 48 renewed — Duncan Wilson, UK

The Holy One is great and is worthy of generous praise- -here in this sacred place, the dwelling of our God. The city of God brings joy to all the world. God it is who will keep us safe. We have heard what God has done and we have seen it for ourselves that God […]

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Psalm 98 for worship — Duncan Wilson, UK

Lectionary reading – Easter 6 Year B This might be read by a solo reader or responsively. Come, let us sing a new song to the One who has worked such wonders! By power and righteous strength, victory has been won. God has kept faith with the children of Israel, with loyalty and love towards […]

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Psalm 23 for worship — Duncan Wilson, UK

Lectionary reading – Lent 4A, Easter 4 ABC, Proper 23 A, Proper 11 B This might be read by a solo reader or responsively. You are like a shepherd to us, providing all we need. You give us rest in green places, you lead us by peaceful streams, you help us recover our strength. You […]

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Psalm 4 for worship — Duncan Wilson, UK

Lectionary reading – Easter 3 This might be read by a solo reader or responsively. Answer me, O God. When I have been in trouble you have always been there for me. Listen, and go gently with me. There are those who insult you by loving only what is worthless. You will always listen to […]

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Psalm 133 for today — Duncan Wilson, UK

Psalms for Worship Easter 2 , Year B How good and how pleasant it is when brothers and sisters live together as one! It is like fragrant oil poured over the head and face, then running down as if the dew of Hermon were falling on the Holy City. See how God bestows this blessing, […]

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Psalm 118 Renewed — Duncan Wilson

Give thanks to God because God is good, with a love that endures for ever. Let the people say, ‘Our God’s love reaches from here to eternity.’ Just listen to the shouts of triumph in the homes of God’s people – ‘God’s great power has done it, it has brought us victory – supreme over […]

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Psalm 51, Be Merciful — Duncan Wilson

Lent 5, Year B Be merciful towards us, O God, and because of your faithful love, wipe away our sins, wash away their stains and cleanse us from all that is wrong with us and our world. We are constant companions to our faults, they confront us wherever we look. It is you we have […]

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Psalm 107 Renewed — Duncan Wilson, UK

Lent 4, Year B ‘Give thanks to God for God is good, with a love that never fades.’ Keep on saying these words to recall how you have been saved, rescued from your adversaries, brought home from exile, from east and west, from south and north. Not everyone was wise, many falling into sinfulness, and […]

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Psalm 72 Renewed — Duncan Wilson, UK

Praise from the heart: psalms  framed and phrased for church worship For Epiphany     Ready-to-download and print: Epiphany Praise Psalm 72 – Duncan Wilson WORD Epiphany Praise Psalm 72 – Duncan Wilson PDF Teach your rulers, O God, how to rule your people with justice and how to govern with gentleness the people who […]

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Psalm 138 Praise — Duncan Wilson, UK

Praise from the heart: psalms  framed and phrased for church worship Proper 16 (usually Pentecost 12) Year A Pentecost 3 Year B Epiphany 5 Year C I am praising you, our God, with all my being. When I called for help, you answered me, you gave strength and courage. However high and exalted you may […]

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Psalm 67, responsive reading — Duncan Wilson, UK

Praise from the heart: psalms  framed and phrased for church worship Psalm 67, Proper 15 (usually 11th Sunday after Pentecost), Year A God be gracious to us and bless us that your face may shine upon us and your purpose may be known on earth and your saving power throughout the nations. May every country […]

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Psalm 105, Call to worship — Duncan Wilson, UK

Praise from the heart: psalms  framed and phrased for church worship –from Psalm 105, Proper 14 (usually 10th Sunday after Pentecost), Year A We give you thanks, dear God, and here proclaim your greatness among all the nations. Let us spread far and wide the story of the wonderful things that God has done. We […]

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Psalm 145, responsive reading — Duncan Wilson, UK

Reading for: Proper 13 (usually 9th Sunday after Pentecost), Year A 22nd Sunday after Pentecost, Year C; Inspired by Psalm 145 part 2 (verses 14-21)   You, our God, are gracious and compassionate, long suffering and ever faithful. You are good to all; your compassion rests upon all you have made. You keep faith and […]

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Psalm 65, Praise from the heart — Duncan Wilson, UK

This might be read responsively or by a single voice. It is good to praise you, God, And to honour all our promises to you because you answer our prayers. With refreshing rain, you care for the ground making it rich and fertile. Streams fill with water and earth brings forth its harvest. How rich […]

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Psalm 145, Praise from the heart — Duncan Wilson, UK

Might be read responsively or by a single voice. Dear God, everything you do is thoughtful and your love is always there whatever happens. You care for all that you have made and you feel for anyone in trouble. You always keep your promises and you never let people down. You help people who are […]

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Psalm 89, Praise from the heart — Duncan Wilson, UK

Happy are the people who worship you, who walk in the light of your presence! All day long, you give us cause for joy. For yours is the righteousness that lifts us up, the confidence that fills our songs, the grace that holds our heads high, the shield that protects us. All day long you […]

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Now there’s the Three of us – Duncan Wilson, UK

Thoughts on ‘Trinity Sunday’ ‘God, I’m lonely,’ God thought, Where’s the point of a void? ‘I’ll make me a world – hold that – a universe – full of wonders, creatures to keep me company, to enjoy each other – to enjoy me.’ And God did. Life abundant. Night and day, God made, flower and […]

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Wind and fire — Duncan Wilson, UK

Thoughts on Pentecost… Who could have predicted it? What did they expect? A mild morning breeze? A gentle introduction, a saunter into a new way of life? Not by the sound of it. For the Holy Spirit read ‘typhoon’ or ‘whirlwind’ – everyone’s hair restyled – garments turned inside out – blown into sails – […]

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Ascension — Duncan Wilson, UK

One minute he’s here and the next minute gone and no-one seems to know how. ‘Taken up to heaven’, says Mark. ‘As he was blessing them’, says Luke. Not a word from John, more concerned about Peter’s destiny. And Matthew? Just final instructions to his friends – To baptize, to teach, to obey – but […]

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His were the hands — Duncan Wilson, UK

His were the hands That shaped the wood That smoothed the knot That summoned the friends And launched the boat His were the hands That touched the blind And opened ears That held the child And cast out fears His were the hands That fingered the coin That plucked the corn That wrote in sand […]

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Romans 5.12-19 — Duncan Wilson, UK

A version of Romans 5. 12-19 First Sunday of Lent, Year A Adam set the tone. From his time onward, human beings seemed destined to do wrong and the path of wrongdoing led to a dead end. There was plenty of sin about before we were ever given the Law. But when there are no […]

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Psalm 32 for today, Lent 1 — Duncan Wilson, UK

Lection for first Sunday in Lent, Year A To be read responsively, by two voices or by a solo voice Happy are the people whose misdeeds are forgiven; whose failures are totally blotted out! Happy are the people in whom God finds no fault, who prove to be straightforward and honest. When we own up […]

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Psalm 40 Praise – Duncan Wilson, UK

Originally written as a responsive reading for the Second Sunday of Epiphany, Year A.     Ready-to-download and print: Praise Psalm 40 — Duncan Wilson, UK WORD Praise Psalm 40 — Duncan Wilson, UK  PDF We wait patiently for the Holy One who hears our cry for help. lifting us out of the quick sands […]

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Psalm 119 Renewed — Duncan Wilson, UK

Praise from the heart: the Psalms framed and phrased for church worship Year A, Epiphany 6 Psalm 119. 1-8 How happy we could be if we could reach perfection, if we could just keep to the rules. How happy if we could follow orders with a willing heart. Some people do manage to steer a […]

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Isaiah 35, responsive reading — Duncan Wilson, UK

Lectionary reading on Third Sunday of Advent, Year A Listen to the news of hope reborn from Isaiah 35. The desert will rejoice and flowers will bloom in the wild places. Everywhere will reflect God’s glory. Tired hands and bent knees will be strong again. Eyes will see again, ears be opened. The lame will […]

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Carol, A desert voice rings out — Duncan Wilson, UK

Written for Advent (Third Sunday of Advent Year A; Second Sunday of Advent Year B) Tune:  Cecilia (6.6.6.6)  A desert voice rings out to bring the faithful near; a voice that’s firm and strong, a call that’s loud and clear. A voice that rings with truth reminds us how we fall but lifts us up […]

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Psalm 146 Praise — Duncan Wilson, UK

A contemporary rendition of Psalm 146,  Common Lectionary reading — Advent 3, Year A Happy are those whose hope is in the goodness of our God, maker of heaven and earth, the seas and all that they contain, who keeps faith with us for ever and brings justice to those who are oppressed. God it […]

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Psalm 72 Praise — Duncan Wilson, UK

A contemporary rendition of Psalm 72. 1-8, 18,19 Teach your rulers, dear God, to know what is right and share with them what you consider just so that they rule fairly, especially in favour of people who are oppressed. May our lands also enjoy prosperity and also be awake to your righteousness. As long as […]

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Psalm 122, contemporary versions — Zambia & UK

The first three contemporary versions of Psalm 122, variations on a theme, were written collaboratively by groups of theology and ministry students at the United Church of Zambia University, Mindolo.  The fourth version arises from the United Kingdom. Psalm 122 is a reading for the First Sunday of Advent, Year A. Psalm 122 — arising […]

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