Crib Service

Usually on Christmas Eve afternoon our church is packed for the delightful Crib Service, aimed at the younger members of our congregations. This year has to be different. Here we have five of our young people retelling for us the story of Christmas, Jesus’ birth, and praying for us … More Crib Service

A Spotless Rose

This article was written for the December 2017 issue of hte parish magazine. Composed by Paul Mealor, the text is taken from a 15th century anonymous German poem, translated into English by Catherine Winkworth in 1919. The poem was based on the prophecy of Isiah in 11.1: “And there shall come forth a rod out … More A Spotless Rose

I Vow to Thee My Country words: Sir Cecil Spring Rice (1859-1918), music: Gustav Holst (1874-1934)

This article was written for the November 2017 edition of the parish magazine. A long time favourite, I was reminded of this hymn in May 2017 when I attended an Open Day at Trinity Laban Conservatoire with Jennifer. The last item on the schedule for prospective vocal applicants was a master class with mezzo soprano … More I Vow to Thee My Country words: Sir Cecil Spring Rice (1859-1918), music: Gustav Holst (1874-1934)

Trinity 18

Our morning worship for the 18th Sunday of Trinity was on 11 October, and began with the hymn Dear Lord and Father of Mankind: The service finished with the hymn Guide me O Thou Great Redeemer:

The Call – George Herbert (1593-1633)/Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

This article was written for the September 2017 edition of the parish magazine. Published in 1911, Vaughan Williams set the words of Herbert’s poem The Call to music as one of a larger work, set of Five Mystical Songs. This song collection used four of Herbert’s poems, published in 1633 as “The Temple: Sacred Poems”. … More The Call – George Herbert (1593-1633)/Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)