What happens to the Responsorial Psalm in the Sunday liturgy? How can it help us pray the Sunday readings? How can it help in planning the liturgy? The Responsorial Psalm is the most neglected part of the Liturgy of the Word, yet it can be the key to all the rest. Its intent is to help bring the message of the other readings into our lives. This book addresses the riches of the Responsorial Psalm for every Sunday of the three-year cycle. It explains the psalm genre, offers exposition on the meaning and beauty of the psalm itself, and comments on the relationship of the Responsorial Psalm to the other readings. It is the book for anyone who wants to understand and appreciate the Sunday readings -- preachers, catechists, liturgists and all the people in the pews.
In the fifth novel in #1 New York Times bestselling author Jan Karon's beloved series, fans old and new will discover that when it comes to Mitford, absence only make the heart grow fonder... Mitford’s longtime Episcopal priest, Father Tim, has retired. But new challenges and adventures await when he agrees to serve as interim minister of a small church on Whitecap Island. He and his wife, Cynthia, soon find that Whitecap has its own unforgettable characters: a church organist with a mysterious past, a lovelorn bachelor placing personal ads, a mother battling paralyzing depression. Whitecap has more than its fair share of challenges, but in the end, Father Tim and Cynthia find that Mitford is never far away when circumstances back home keep their phone ringing off the hook...
The Psalms frequently issue a call to sing a new song unto the Lord. While this call is often thought to refer to singing the Psalms or even other songs written by those more gifted than ourselves, Myers suggests such is not the primary intention. For as we are all beings created in the image of God, we are all called to create new songs in response to the word and work of God. It is with this in mind that Myers encourages the Christ-follower to consider a new approach to time spent in Scripture. The reader is encouraged to meditate on the Psalms and then respond with a unique song of worship to God. By seeking to create a new worshipful response to the Psalms the reader may find that the inevitably dry devotional times that nearly all of us encounter have been invigorated. A New Song is both a devotional and a guidebook. As a devotional, the reader is offered a glimpse into Myers multi-year journey through the Psalms resulting in the writing of over 170 poems. Each poem, when read alongside the accompanying Psalm, can help the prayerful reader to consider the ways in which God may be speaking through each Psalm. As a guidebook, A New Song briefly discusses our innate creative nature and then offers suggestions which, when illustrated by Myers examples, will encourage you to find your own creative voice with which to sing a new song unto the Lord.
Even as worship wars in the church and music controversies in society at large continue to rage, many people do not realize that conflict over music goes back to the earliest Christians as they sought to live out the "new song" of their faith. In A New Song for an Old World Calvin Stapert challenges contemporary Christians to learn from the wisdom of the early church in the area of music. Stapert draws parallels between the pagan cultures of the early Christian era and our own multicultural realities, enabling readers to comprehend the musical ideas of early Christian thinkers, from Clement and Tertullian to John Chrysostom and Augustine. Stapert's expert treatment of the attitudes of the early church toward psalms and hymns on the one hand, and pagan music on the other, is ideal for scholars of early Christianity, church musicians, and all Christians seeking an ancient yet relevant perspective on music in their worship and lives today.
If you found out you were dying, would you suddenly confess all your past sins? When former chart topper Tiffany Knightly learns that she's dying from cancer, she leaves behind her plush California lifestyle to return to Hempstead, New York, with Karlie, her reluctant teenage daughter. She hasn't simply gone home to die, though. Tiffany has another mission. She desperately wishes she could leave her past in the past, but in order to secure her daughter's future, she must tear open past wounds. Life wasn't always easy for Tiffany. With a stepfather who abused her and a mother who didn't believe her, she acted out by becoming promiscuous. Fifteen years later, she's back to reveal to her ex-husband that he might not be Karlie's biological father. In fact, there are four men who could have fathered Karlie—four that she's willing to acknowledge, anyway. As Tiffany reveals her truth and searches for Karlie's father, she reconnects with old friends and old lovers. Some reunions are happy, but some innocent lives are torn apart, leaving Tiffany to wonder if she's doing the right thing. Through it all, she will have to learn to rely on the healing power of God's unfathomable love. "There is no way Sing a New Song by Michelle Lindo-Rice could be a debut novel. The author's writing is crisp and her characters' emotions are authentic. Get ready, readers of Christian fiction. There is a new kid on the block that will minister to your soul!" —Pat Simmons, award-winning author of the Guilty series.
With the multi-millions of songs in the praise and worship, gospel and Christian Hymns genre, is there any need for more songs? What has Sing a New Song got to offer this generation? What is unique about this work? You are about to make a discovery that will wow you.
Was Chris's life valuable? In the early years we were told society was changing towards those diagnosed with mental retardation, developmental disadvantages, and special needs. Encouraged to educate and train him to be socially acceptable, we believed he would become a contributing member of society. We spent large amounts of money, made great sacrifices, and gave 100% of ourselves so he would become a useful citizen. We were excited about his accomplishments and his eagerness to be accepted as a valuable participant in the world community. As Chris's family we believed he would be welcomed as a neighbor, parishioner, guest, passenger, employee, and friend. There have been kind and generous people throughout Chris's life. Many accepted him. However, we did not find a welcoming world. We experienced deceit, exploitation, hypocracy and pain. Unfortunately, we live in a society that promotes eradication of unborn babies who might be born with similar handicaps. During the last years of Chris's life he was happier and more independent. Hopefully, our story will help to generate increased acceptance of these special individuals and to discover the incredible value of their lives. Chris accepted and loved others unconditionally, living in a spirit of forgiveness and gratitude.
The years have been long, but have passed quickly, since I set out to follow my vocation. While I cannot say I have enjoyed every minute, I have basked in the light of learning and adventure, the "Aha!" of the days of my life. The greatest thrill for me has been the visible ideation on the faces of both children and adults as they have caught the knowledge and passionate awe of the moment. These poems are inspired by those "moments," I hope you will enjoy them as you read. At least occasionally, read them aloud, for they are to be savored, not just alone, but with others. Have fun with my work. I have.
Jabulani Daum has been writing Christian fiction, poems, and lyrics for friends and church members for twenty years. Finally, after an active life as a registered nurse, wife, mother, and a choir member herself, through Christ’s strength she brings you her first novel, Sing a New Song.