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2000 Years of Service
A short History of Reader Ministry. From the Apostolic Church, through revivals in 1561, and 1866 to today.
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A Kind of Glory
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A Prayer for Harvest
Let us not gloat on profits
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A short history of the institution and conduct of Holy Communion
From its beginnings as an extension of a Passover supper through to... modern times.
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A Special Christmas Present for Harriet and Charlie
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A Stillness Exercise
Relax, let tensions fall away, concentrate on whatever you feel is the centre of yourself, listen to the atmosphere deep within yourself and pray.
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A Vision for Good Practice in Reader/Preacher Training
The report of the Reader Task Group.
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Albert and the Magpies
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Benedicte
As used at the Lincoln Readers' Conference 2005
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Children in Worship - the need for a positive experience
Some thoughts about children in worship - especially in eucharistic services. The article is a precis of Nancy Clague's ADipR dissertation.
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Computer Jargon - explained
A list of some of the jargon used in the IT industry - to help you understand.
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Continuing Ministerial Education for Readers
The current status of CME for Readers, and recommendations for the way forward - a summary of the Central Readers' Council Working Party Report.
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First Catch Your Rabbit - Deciding what to preach
Although there are many sources of sermon ideas, and much advice available on 'how to preach', the preacher is still left with the problem of what the focus of the sermon should be - some practical advice.
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Further information for the 'Echoes of Exodus' feature in The Reader Spring 2007
Comparisons between Luke and Deuteronomy made by Professor Christopher Evans
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Further resources for the 'Friends Romans' feature in The Reader Autumn 2005
Additional resources for studying the Letter to the Romans
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Further resources for the 'On the Way: An Introduction to Mark's Gospel' feature in The Reader Winter 2005
Additional resources for studying Mark's Gospel
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How to Read the Bible
A framework for approaching Bible study, and a prompt to refreshing our reading.
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Leading of all-age worship
All-Age Worship is not just a children's service, but adults and children together, so the service will have something to say to all.
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Mark - the fundamental Gospel
An overview of Mark's Gospel; reflecting upon its role when originally written and its place in the 21st century - a Gospel for our times?
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Mark 16.1-8; The Unfinished Sentence
A reflection upon Mark 16v1-8 - one of the alternative Gospel readings for Easter Day in the Revised Common Lectionary - Year B
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Medical Dilemas: Who decides, Doctors, Lawyers or God?
A review of some "dilemas" which have brought the issue into sharp focus.
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Mountains of Matthew
Sermon preached at the Commissioning of Readers in the Diocese of Southwark, Southwark Cathedral, 26th January 2008
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No www.latebookings.com!
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Orchestration of the Gospels
A consideration of four different interpretations of one very special life.
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Preaching from the Old Testament
Some useful hints about preaching from the part of our Bible which was Jesus' own scripture.
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Preaching Trouble
The sermon is the place where God's word and the world connect - but what do we do when we have a problematic text? Raewynne offers practical advice on 'Preaching Trouble'.
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Preaching with the Northern Saints
Material from the July 2011 Lincoln Diocese Pilgrimage to Durham
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Preparing for Mark
A consideration of the range of resources available on Mark's Gospel.
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Preparing for Matthew - commentaries on the first Gospel
A review of the wealth of scolarship available on Matthew's Gospel.
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Reader ministry in times of bereavement
A report of a course organised by Durham Diocese to provide training for Readers in the care of the bereaved and the conduct of funerals.
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Reader Upbeat
Report of the working group on review of Reader ministry, commissioned by the Archbishops' Council
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Reading the Bible in Context
What God's Word may have been to his people in one context may be totally misunderstood by us in another. Being alert to context - both the context of each biblical story and our own cultural context helps us to guard against sinful use of Biblical text.
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Resources to accompany the 'Unfinished Business' feature in The Reader Summer 2006
A presentation of Mark's Gospel in worship.
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Sermon at Lincoln Readers' Quinquennial Relicensing - 15th October 2005
Preaching proclaims Christ.
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Spirit of the Living Godů
a meditation for Pentecost
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The Celtic and Saxon Mission to Northumbria
Material from the July 2011 Lincoln Diocese Pilgrimage to Durham
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The Commemoration of All Souls
How many churches celebrate All Souls? And of those who do, how many mark it other than by a poorly attended weekday communion service?
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The Concept of God - Is it relevant to you?
A leaflet / project recently completed for Amanda's Doctrine module.
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The Developing Ministries of Christ in the Church - and the place of Reader ministry today
A revised form of the address given to the CRC AGM on 27th March 2004, discussing the place of Reader Ministry today.
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The Light of the World
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The Power and Potential of Hymns
The power of hymns - Christians are more likely to know what they believe from the hymns they sing than from any other source.
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The Reactions to Grief
The "basics" of bereavement care
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The Three Wise Ones
A nativity play for Family Worship. All-age drama, from small kids (mouse), to teens (animals, camel rent manager, etc), to adults.
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The Trail of Treasure
A booklet used in Holy Trinity, Cookham to encourage families to explore the church building.
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Then opening their treasures they offered Him gifts
A consideration of the gifts offered to the infant Jesus by the Wise Men - and a reflection on who they were.
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Upholding the Bereaved
On the role of Readers in leading funerals and ministering to the bereaved.
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What is Pilgrimage? Why Pilgrimage?
Material from the July 2011 Lincoln Diocese Pilgrimage to Durham
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Why myrrh?
While the gift of myrrh may have symbolic meaning it was also a very practical gift.
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