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Worship

Congregationalism has a rich history of contributing to the liturgical life of the Church. In just the last 12 months we have seen many people share worship on themes surrounding the 50th Anniversary of the Congregational Federation. We will try to share these resources and more in these pages. 

Shout praise for golden jubilee - This hymn - written by Elisabeth Sweeney - came about through a hymn writing workshop at the beginning of our 50th Anniversary Year. It's premiere took place at the National Assembly in Birmingham on Saturday 14th May 2022.

Dear Lord, Creator, our praise arises - This hymn, set to the tune St Clement, is written by Gwyn Davies, currently Minister at Clarendon Park Congregational Church in Leicester. Gwyn says of this hymn:

"I was inspired to write the hymn whilst looking at the output of previous ministers and musicians at Clarendon Park, not least Jack Griffin. Although preferring specific topics for hymn lyrics I decided to write on a broad basis for my first attempt and chose the verse subjects of praise/life of Jesus/death of Jesus/transfiguration/praise, as a form; using the seven 'I am...' statements from the Gospel of John as the lyrics for the second verse."

An Idea for Cafe Church: Ask, Seek, Knock - Market Harborough Congregational Church recently held a stimulating and interesting Cafe Church session led by their minister Rev Stephen Haward. Based on the story of the unexpected visitors in Luke 11:10-20 this could be a good resource to use in your church. Take a look. (PDF)

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