Morning Bell: Ecclesiastes series (for everything a season)

This series of Morning Bell is working with a well-known passage from Ecclesiastes, one of the wisdom books of the Hebrew scriptures and the Christian Old Testament. The writer of Ecclesiastes (‘the Teacher’ – probably writing in the 3rd century BC) ponders the absurdity and the goodness of life. Ecclesiastes can seem care-worn, even cynical: ‘All is vanity’. ‘All things are wearisome’ and ‘there is nothing new under the sun’. But it is full also of possibility: ‘Light is sweet’. ‘Banish anxiety from your mind’ and ‘remember your creator.’ It is a book, we sense, for our demanding times, and one to which Morning bell will return.

 

 

 

 

For us, each line is as much a question as it is a proclamation. And the book is both deeply personal and absolutely communal. For you and for me. And for the world. It asks us – how do you want things to be? And how will you play your part in the shaping of a better world now?

The images for the series were all taken on Iona by Ian, most of them this past summer on the Beloved Life ‘Unfurling’ week with the Iona Community. We invite you to join us in spending time each day in the company of Ecclesiastes, and in the setting of Iona, a place that invites both big questions and deep faith. In stillness and prayer may we discover a renewed sense of hope for ourselves and for the world.

Grace and peace to you
Ian & Gail

 

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Unfurling cover final - Version 3

Ian’s latest collection of poems Unfurling is out now in paperback and e-format on Canterbury Press, also via your local bookshop, via Kindle and all usual online sources including Book Depository with free delivery world-wide.

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Morning Bell: Noon Songs

This series of Morning Bell is our first audio collaboration – with Ali Dorey, Philip Roderick and Lucy Bolster – known collectively as Play In Chants. Each day of this series there is a link to hear a new chant on Soundcloud. The series is called Noon Songs – the title of one of the chants and a phrase that came from ‘playful, spontaneously made up songs full of joy and freedom’ sung in Lucy’s family.

 

 

We hope that you enjoy hearing these chants, and we also encourage you to allow each chant to take its own shape in you, accompanying you through the day, moving between stillness and movement, contemplation and action.

 

Play in Chants: Philip Lucy Ali
Play in Chants: Philip Lucy Ali

Ali Dorey is based in Sheffield and in her work locally and across the UK with Fresh Expressions trying to help churches to relate well with people in the wider community and to swap stories about life and faith with them. Ali is also a musician and a Companion with Contemplative Fire who tries to follow the way of Jesus. Philip Roderick is now based near Brighton. He is an intuitive musician and loves the seashore. He is founder and community leader of Contemplative Fire and founder-director of The Quiet Garden MovementLucy Bolster is working as a pioneer curate in Sheffield. She loves listening and learning in her very diverse multi-cultural community, and inviting others to join in the adventure of being a Christian. She also loves to sing anywhere and everywhere.

The images for this series have all been taken recently by Ian in the city of Plymouth, picking up a theme in the ‘Angels’ chant ‘Angels of the city / Angels of the coast / Angels of the universe…’

Grace and peace to you

Ian & Gail

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Unfurling cover final - Version 3

Ian’s latest collection of poems Unfurling is out now in paperback and e-format on Canterbury Press, also via your local bookshop, via Kindle and all usual online sources including Book Depository with free delivery world-wide.

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