The Soft Petals of Grace

2016, 184 pp
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A collection of communion liturgies and other resources covering Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost, Trinity and Transfiguration.

The ancient words of scripture become true and alive in us when we realise that the old couple called to new ministry are sitting on the bus next to us, that the children Jesus wants to bless are those on the news, fleeing their war-torn country, that the folk hungry for healing and hope are our next-door neighbours. The stories and people in the Bible speak to us today – if we listen with our hearts and souls.

Thom Shuman writes: ‘So much of the ordinary is truly extraordinary, so much of what we take for granted are the soft petals of grace strewn on the paths we walk, so much of the air we breathe is filled with wonder, hope, joy and peace.’ An awareness Thom first experienced while on sabbatical at the spiritual centres of Taizé, the Abbey of Gethsemani and Iona, where these liturgies and prayers first took root.

Contents include:

Advent and Christmas nudges

  • daily Bible readings and short prayers from first Advent to Christmas day

Watching, waiting, listening

  • an Advent liturgy

The songs of the angels

  • a liturgy for Christmas Eve

Love came

  • a liturgy for Christmas Day

By another road

  • a liturgy for Epiphany

Lenten and Easter nudges

  • daily Bible readings and short prayers

Ash Wednesday

  • worship service, imposition of ashes and Communion

In that Upper Room called your heart

  • Communion liturgy for Maundy Thursday

The last 24 hours

  • a vigil for Good Friday

Into the heart of God

  • a liturgy for Ascension

That's when it happened

  • a liturgy for Pentecost

Draw us into the dance

  • a liturgy for Trinity Sunday

Mountaintops, valleys and every place between

  • a liturgy for Transfiguration Sunday

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