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Celebrating Diversity

This coming Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, one of the great excuses we have for doing something creative in worship.  Our service will be both familiar and unfamiliar in pattern and delivery.  Whether it feels like Genesis 11, Acts 2 or Revelation 7 (readings we will be hearing in diverse human tongues) remains to be seen.

We will be using a GRF radio short from a few years back (they'd forgotten they made it when I asked them about it!), music from around the world, and some mildy whacky approaches to prayer.  I am looking forward to it greatly.

Veni Sancte Spiritus...


  • Any hints on good music sources? Just found out I'm organising the music on Sunday!

  • Hmmm. Guess it depends which books you have and what style you're after. Most books have a Holy Spirit section in their thematic indexes...

  • only actual book at church is mission praise. Was looking for pointers on how to find something a bit different; maybe some other time.

  • I have HymnQuest software which includes dozens of books and has thematic and Biblical lists (as well as first lines) and you can search for words or phrases (which can throw up some interesting results!). It is available from Stainer and Bell in two versions - CCL version where can can copy almost everything and non-CCL where you can copy a lot but not all directly (though nothing to stop you manually typing in words). I also have the discs from SOF 1-4 which means I have another route to get at some of the words!

    Otherwise there are various online hymnals (mostly American) with copiable texts and sometimes music too.

    Iona books are quite good for setting of 'world church' stuff e.g. African or Asian.

    Sorry not to be of more immediate use.

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