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[CNN] US investigators corroborate some aspects of the Russia dossier

For the first time, US investigators say they have corroborated some of the communications detailed in a 35-page dossier compiled by a former British intelligence agent, multiple current and former US law enforcement and intelligence officials tell CNN
the intercepts do confirm that some of the conversations described in the dossier took place between the same individuals on the same days and from the same locations as detailed in the dossier

Read it all and there is an alternative comment in the Washington Post

Posted in * Economics, Politics, Office of the President, Politics in General

[Spectator] The slow, strange race to be the next Bishop of London

A view from Ysenda Maxtone Graham
..In recent years it has tended to be the case that if those six people from the diocese are united in wanting a particular candidate to win, that candidate does win. It used to be four from the diocese and six from the national church, but now it’s six-six. The result is that the needs of the national church no longer take precedence over the needs of the diocese ”” which tends to count against the maverick brilliant theologian types. Dioceses say, ”˜We don’t want a dry and dusty theologian, do we?’ This, say some, is a bad state of affairs: we need our theologian bishops, even if they are dry and dusty, which they aren’t necessarily.

A vote is taken, and the majority must be at least two thirds, although I’m not sure what two thirds of 14 is. It used to be that two names were put forward to the Prime Minister for him or her to choose from. Now one name is put forward: the second is only there in case the first one doesn’t accept the post. The Chosen One receives a letter from the Prime Minister, who has had no role in the process.

So, who might be on the Oven Ready List and be about to be plucked out as one of those four candidates for Bishop of London?

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Anglican Provinces, Church of England (CoE), CoE Bishops

CRE TV – Talking to the Bishop of London

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Anglican Provinces, Church of England (CoE), CoE Bishops

[Andy Rider] What made Richard Chartres such an effective leader?

..The 132nd Bishop of London was often imitated by his clergy who would, with a knowing look on their face, tilt their head slightly and raise their right hand; finger and thumb together and dropping their voice a few tones pronounce ”˜Good News’ in their best Bishop Richard voice. He was a good news Bishop and this was reinforced in the summer of 2016 when, before a crowd of some 6,000, the Archbishop of Canterbury described Bishop Richard Chartres as one of the best bishops since the Reformation. I’m inclined to think he’s right…

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Anglican Provinces, Church of England (CoE), CoE Bishops

[Bp Graham Kings] The Gospel of the Song

In the beginning were the Words,
and the Words were the Poet’s,
and they were part of Him:
lively and brilliant.

And the Words became music,
and were sung,
full of beauty and freedom.

We have heard the Song,
and been utterly moved,
again and again.

We had read poetry before,
but beauty and freedom
came through this Song.

No-one has ever seen the Poet:
this one Song, which is in His heart,
has shown Him to us.

Read it all and you can read more of what he has been up to recently here

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, Liturgy, Music, Worship

Nunc Dimittis – Geoffrey Burgon

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace according to thy word.
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
To be a light to lighten the Gentiles and to be the glory of thy people Israel.
[The Song of Simeon – Luke 2:29”“32 – BCP]

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, Liturgy, Music, Worship

[Canon Terry Wong] Lord, I want to be a Christian in my heart

..So, when we say a Christian is mature, what do we mean? Does this mean that we cease to read the Bible regularly and yet we are able to articulate spiritual solutions for society? Does it mean that we cease to be loving, kind and considerate towards those dearest to us, while we reflect on the deepest ideas of sacrifice for mankind and society? Does it mean that we try to save the whole world but lose our own family? Do we think of overseas missions but are clueless about sharing the gospel to an inquiring neighbour or colleague (and we have not even thought of an Alpha invitation!)?

The list goes on. And somewhere in our heart, the Negro spiritual hums quietly. We remember that Jesus said that ”˜unless we become like little children, we will not enter the Kingdom of heaven…

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Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, Parish Ministry, Preaching / Homiletics

AU 266 – Sexual Immorality Plans for the CofE

With Gavin Ashenden

With thanks to Kevin Kallsen at Anglican TV

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Anglican Provinces, Church of England (CoE), CoE Bishops

[Telegraph] Mystery death of ex-KGB chief linked to MI6 spy's dossier…

An ex-KGB chief suspected of helping the former MI6 spy Christopher Steele to compile his dossier on Donald Trump may have been murdered by the Kremlin and his death covered up. it has been claimed.

Oleg Erovinkin, a former general in the KGB and its successor the FSB, was found dead in the back of his car in Moscow on Boxing Day in mysterious circumstances.

Erovinkin was a key aide to Igor Sechin, a former deputy prime minister and now head of Rosneft, the state-owned oil company, who is repeatedly named in the dossier.
Christo Grozev, an expert on Russia-related security threats, believes Erovinkin is the key source to whom Mr Steele refers in his dossier.

Mr Grozev said on a blog: “Insiders have described Erovinkin to me alternately as ”˜Sechin’s treasurer’ and ”˜the go-between between Putin and Sechin’. One thing that everyone seems to agree ”“ both in public and private sources ”“ is that Erovinkin was Sechin’s closest associate.”

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Posted in * Economics, Politics, Defense, National Security, Military

[Telegraph] Queen's chaplain resigns over cathedral Koran reading row

A chaplain to the Queen has resigned after publicly criticising a church that allowed a Koran reading during its service as part of an interfaith project.

The Rev Gavin Ashenden, who until this week was one of the 33 special chaplains to the Queen, said the reading was “a fairly serious error” and one which he had a duty to speak out about.

“There are things we should not tolerate because they are destructive,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Sunday programme.“I don’t accept the rather feeble accusation that intolerance is a bad thing.”

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Anglican Provinces, Scottish Episcopal Church

Nearer, My God, to Thee

Posted in * Culture-Watch, Music

[C-Span] Presidential Inauguration

[Update]: There are individual clips and the day’s program here and the inaugural speech here
Watch it here if you wish [without commentary] and there is a 360 degree view

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Brightest and Best of the Sons of the Morning [Thrupp]

Words: Bishop Reginald Heber
Tune: ‘Epiphany’ – Joseph Thrupp

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, Church Year / Liturgical Seasons, Epiphany

The Three Kings – Peter Cornelius

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, Church Year / Liturgical Seasons, Epiphany

London Fireworks 2017

[click cogwheel lower right for HD and higher quality]

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, Christmas, Church Year / Liturgical Seasons

Wexford Carol – Libera

Good people all, this Christmas time,
Consider well and bear in mind
What our good God for us has done
In sending his beloved son
With Mary holy we should pray,
To God with love this Christmas Day
In Bethlehem upon that morn,
There was a blessed Messiah born.

Near Bethlehem did shepherds keep
Their flocks of lambs and feeding sheep
To whom God’s angel did appear
Which put the shepherds in great fear
Arise and go, the angels said
To Bethlehem, be not afraid
For there you’ll find, this happy morn
A princely babe, sweet Jesus, born.

With thankful heart and joyful mind
The shepherds went the babe to find
And as God’s angel had foretold
They did our Saviour Christ behold
Within a manger he was laid
And by his side a virgin maid
Attending on the Lord of Life
Who came on earth to end all strife

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, Christmas, Church Year / Liturgical Seasons

Det är en ros utsprungen- Jan Sandström

Michael Praetorius arr. Jan Sandström sung by Siglo de Oro

Lo, how a rose e’er blooming,
From tender stem hath sprung.
Of Jesse’s lineage coming,
As men of old have sung;
It came, a flow’ret bright,
Amid the cold of winter,
When half spent was the night. [based on Isaiah 11:1}

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, Christmas, Church Year / Liturgical Seasons

Open Thread: What does Christmas mean to you this year?

We wish all our readers a very happy Christmas.

How are you spending it? Have you seen, read or experienced anything which might help others? Has it meant anything particularly to you this year? All reflections welcome – sweet, bitter and bittersweet.

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, Christmas, Church Year / Liturgical Seasons

Have a wonderful Christmastime

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, Christmas, Church Year / Liturgical Seasons

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols 2016 from King's College, Cambridge

‘For many people around the world, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, live from the candlelit chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, marks the beginning of Christmas. It is based around nine Bible readings which tell the story of the loving purposes of God. They are interspersed with carols old and new, sung by the world famous chapel choir who also lead the congregation in traditional Christmas hymns.’

Listen to it in the full version here

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, Christmas, Church Year / Liturgical Seasons

The Queen's Christmas Broadcast 2016

“At Christmas, our attention is drawn to the birth of a baby some two thousand years ago. It was the humblest of beginnings, and his parents, Joseph and Mary, did not think they were important.

“Jesus Christ lived obscurely for most of his life, and never travelled far. He was maligned and rejected by many, though he had done no wrong.

“And yet, billions of people now follow his teaching and find in him the guiding light for their lives. I am one of them because Christ’s example helps me see the value of doing small things with great love, whoever does them and whatever they themselves believe.

“The message of Christmas reminds us that inspiration is a gift to be given as well as received, and that love begins small but always grows.

“I wish you all a very happy Christmas.”

Full Text here

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, Christmas, Church Year / Liturgical Seasons

[Politico] U.S. government begins asking foreign travelers about social media

The U.S. government quietly began requesting that select foreign visitors provide their Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts upon arriving in the country, a move designed to spot potential terrorist threats that drew months of opposition from tech giants and privacy hawks alike.

Since Tuesday, foreign travelers arriving in the United States on the visa waiver program have been presented with an “optional” request to “enter information associated with your online presence,” a government official confirmed Thursday. The prompt includes a drop-down menu that lists platforms including Facebook, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube, as well as a space for users to input their account names on those sites.

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Posted in * International News & Commentary, America/U.S.A.

Durufl̩: Ubi caritas РKing's College Choir

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, Liturgy, Music, Worship

[NT Wright] Incomprehensible Word, Uncomprehending World: The Puzzle of Christmas

..Don’t imagine that the world divides naturally into those who can understand what Jesus is saying and those who can’t. By ourselves, none of us can. Jesus was born into a world where everyone was deaf and blind to him. But some, in fear and trembling, have allowed his words to challenge, rescue, heal and transform them. That is what’s offered at Christmas, not a better-focused religion for those who already like that sort of thing, but a Word which is incomprehensible in our language but which, when we learn to hear, understand and believe it, will transform our whole selves with its judgment and mercy…

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Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, Christmas, Church Year / Liturgical Seasons

Advent Carol Service from Trinity College, Cambridge

Listen to it all if you wish

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, Advent, Church Year / Liturgical Seasons

GAFCON UK Task Group Statement on developments in the CofE

Archbishop Okoh’s Pastoral Letter of 6th December 2016 makes clear that, despite attempts from some in the Church of England leadership both to obfuscate the real situation on the ground in the Church, and to undermine the significance of Lambeth Conference Resolution I.10, the GAFCON Primates are in no doubt either as to the breakdown of discipline in the Church of England or as to the standards for human sexuality that the majority of the Communion expect the Church of England to uphold.

2017 will be the anniversary of two significant decisions of the General Synod of the Church of England. It will be the thirtieth anniversary of the almost unanimous vote of Synod to approve what became known as the “Higton Motion”[1], a clear declaration of the historic, apostolic teaching of the Church on sex and marriage. 2017 will also be the tenth anniversary of the affirmation by the General Synod (GS Misc 843B[2]) that the Church of England is to:

(a) commend continuing efforts to prevent the diversity of opinion about human sexuality creating further division and impaired fellowship within the Church of England and the Anglican Communion;

(b) recognize that such efforts would not be advanced by doing anything that could be perceived as the Church of England qualifying its commitment to the entirety of the relevant Lambeth Conference Resolutions (1978: 10; 1988: 64; 1998: 1.10);

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Anglican Provinces, Church of England (CoE), CoE Bishops

[Tim Chester] Evangelicals, It’s Time to Reclaim Advent

…The Psalmist determines to let the story of God shape his understanding of God and his understanding of himself.

For the Psalmist that meant remembering the story of the exodus. He alludes to the plagues on Egypt and he describes the parting of the Red Sea. The exodus story kicks off when God meets Moses at the burning bush. “I have come down,” God tells Moses, “to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians” (Exodus 3 v 8). God came down to reveal himself, to liberate Israel from slavery and to form them as his own people. This was the great defining moment for Israel. And it’s recalling this moment that so radically changes the Psalmist’s perspective on life.

The season of Advent is an opportunity for us to do the same. It’s an opportunity for us to remember the moment when God came down in the person of his Son to reveal himself, to liberate us and to form us as his bride.

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Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, Advent, Church Year / Liturgical Seasons

Statement by His Grace Bishop Angaelos on the Cairo bombing

It is with great sadness that we receive the news today of at least 25 people brutally murdered by an explosion during regular Sunday worship at St Peter’s Coptic Orthodox Church in Cairo, adjacent to the Grand Cathedral of Saint Mark.

Our prayers are with those whose lives have been so senselessly ended, those who have been injured, and every family and community affected. We also pray for every Coptic parish and community across Egypt as they fill their churches this morning, as well as for the broader Egyptian society that fall victim to similar inhumane attacks.

Many within our Coptic community in Britain will have family and friends in Egypt, and we also pray for them at this time of uncertainty.

We share in this tragedy but are encouraged by the strength and resilience of our brethren in Egypt that we have grown accustomed to and learn from. We pray God’s peace and protection upon the Christians of Egypt, the broader Egyptian society, Christians around the world worshipping this morning and all faith communities that fall prey to similar attacks.

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Posted in * Religion News & Commentary, Coptic Church, Other Churches

[Guardian] What Theresa May's Christmas plans tell us about her faith

..Until she became prime minister earlier this year, May was a regular member of the congregation at St Andrew’s church in Sonning, part of her Maidenhead constituency. She had been “a valued and very supportive member of our church family for the last 20 years”, said the local vicar, Jamie Taylor, on her elevation to No 10. “I believe she is well placed to lead our nation.”

Two years earlier, May had spoken on Desert Island Discs about her faith, saying it was “part of me. It is part of who I am and therefore how I approach things.” But, she added, “I think it’s right that we don’t flaunt these things here in British politics…

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Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, Ministry of the Laity, Parish Ministry

Sunday Worship on T19 2016

On next Sunday: Sunday Service live from St Helena’s Beaufort, SC
Listen live here at 10:15 am Eastern time [3:15 pm London time]

From December 11th,, 2016
+ The Coming of the Lord – Archbishop Stephen Than Myint Oo of Myanmar [James 5:7-10]
+ The bells of Sheffield Cathedral
+ Choral Evensong from St Paul’s Cathedral

Christmas Lights at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Singapore

From December 4th,, 2016
+ Reach: Evangelism through the local church – Glen Scrivener [1 Thessalonians 1-3]
+ The bells of Exeter Cathedral
+ Choral Evensong from Portsmouth Cathedral

From November 27th, 2016
+ A Service for Advent with Carols from St John’s College, Cambridge [Live from 10 am EST 3pm London Time]
+ Sermon series: The Saviour of the World – Vaughan Roberts and others [Luke 15-17]
+ Choral Evensong from Wakefield Cathedral

From November 20th, 2016
+ The Bells of All Saints, Worcester
+ What about war in the Bible? – Dr Vince Vitale [link now included]
+ Doing Missions Anglicanly – Archbishop Foley Beach at St Andrews Cathedral, Singapore
+ Choral Evensong from Bristol Cathedral

From November 13th, 2016
+ The Bells of Westminster Abbey
+ Remembrance Sunday Service from the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris for the Royal British Legion
+ Ceremony of Remembrance from the Cenotaph, London
+ Choral Evensong from Ely Cathedral

From November 6th, 2016
+ Defeat, Shame, and Remembrance ”“ Dr William Witt
+ Holy Communion from St Columba’s Church [CofI], Knock in Belfast
+ Archived Choral Service with Mozart’s Requiem from New College, Oxford
+ Called to Witness – Dr Kendall Harmon

From October 23rd, 2016
+ Formed for God’s Purpose – Bishop Rennis Ponniah [Jeremiah 1:4-10]
+ We are Called to be Worshippers of God in Spirit+Truth – Dr Kendall Harmon [Psalm 148]
+ JC Ryle: A Faithful Anglican – Rev Lee Gatiss
+ More talks from the Church Society 2016 Conference
+ Choral Evensong from Birmingham Cathedral

From October 16th, 2016
+ Suffering: Loving the Lord in your circumstances – Venerable Godwin Makabi of Jos at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Singapore [Job 1]
+ Choral Evensong from St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle

From October 2nd, 2016
+ All Things Working For Good – Revd Canon Rinji Kwashi at St Andrews Cathedral Singapore
+ We are Called to be Devoted Students of his Word – Dr Kendall Harmon (Acts 2:42-47)
+ Renewal in Exile – Rev Samuel Kennedy [Nehemiah 10] – next available part of the series on Nehemiah from the Cathedral Church of St Luke and St Paul, SC
+ Jesus’ Prayer for His Disciples – Rev Vaughan Roberts [John 17:6-19]
+ Choral Evensong from Westminster Abbey on the 90th anniversary of the first broadcast of Choral Evensong

From September 18th, 2016
+ Repentance in Exile – Dean Peet Dickinson [Nehemiah 9] – next available part of the series on Nehemiah from the Cathedral Church of St Luke and St Paul, SC
+ Jesus’ Prayer for Himself – Rev Vaughan Roberts [John17:1-5]
+ Choral Evensong from St Clement Danes Church, London sung by Genesis Sixteen
+ The End: Preaching Matters – Rev William Taylor

From September 11th, 2016
+ Sunday Sermon – Learning from the Potter and the Clay – Dr Kendall Harmon (Jeremiah 18:1-11)
+ Choral Evensong from the Charles Wood Summer School at St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, Armagh

From August 28th, 2016
+ Rejoicing in Exile – Dean Peet Dickinson [Nehemiah 6] – next available part of the series on Nehemiah from the Cathedral Church of St Luke and St Paul, SC
+ Death and the Life Heareafter – Dr Paul Williamson – Moore College lecture
+ Choral Evensong from Edington Priory, during the Edington Festival of Music within the Liturgy

From August 14th, 2016
+ Acts of Spiritual Power – Vaughan Roberts [Acts 19:1-22]
+ Rebuilding & Resistance in Exile – Jacob Graudin [Nehemiah 2:9-20, 3, 4] – part 2 of the new series from the Cathedral Church of St Luke and St Paul, SC
+ Choral Evening Prayer [RC] at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral with the Royal School of Church Music Millennium Youth Choir

From August 7th, 2016
+ How do you think to Yourself? The Rich Fool – Dr Kendall Harmon [Luke 12:13-21]
+ ‘Stormy Weather’ – Rev Jeffrey Miller [Matthew 14:22-33]
+ Introducing a new sermon series on Nehemiah – Dean Peet Dickinson
+ Looking for Leaders: God’s Voice is Heard – Vaughan Roberts [1 Samuel 3]
+ Sunday Worship from the Keswick Convention with Emma Scrivener
+ Choral Evensong from Chichester Cathedral during the Southern Cathedrals Festival

From July 31st, 2016
+ Looking for a Leader: Those who honor me – Vaughan Roberts [1 Samuel 2:12-36]
+ The Holy Spirit – Archbishop Foley Beach
+ Choral Evensong from the Three Choirs Festival of Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester Cathedrals
+ Preaching Matters: Preaching 2 Timothy – Andy Gemmill

From July 24th, 2016
+ The Power of Priorities & the Danger of Distraction – Dr Kendall Harmon (Luke 10:38-42)
+ Looking for Leaders: A son is born – Vaughan Roberts [1 Samuel 1:1-2:11]
+ Choral Evensong from Derby Cathedral
+ The Church and the State: The Christian’s Responsibility in the Public Square – Anglican Way Institute Summer Conference 2016 with Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali
[More on the AWI 2016 Summer Conference]

From July 17th, 2016
+ The Shape of the Christian Life – Dr Kendall Harmon (Luke 10:25-37)
+ Called to Freedom – Dr Peter Moore [Galatians, John]
+ More than Conquerors – Vaughan Roberts [Romans 8:31-38]
+ Choral Evensong from the Chapel of Eton College with the first 2016 Eton Choral Course

From July 10th, 2016
+ Sermon given at the Memorial Service for Bishop Salmon – Dr Kendall Harmon [See more here]
+ The Magna Carta of Christian Freedom – Dr Kendall Harmon (Galatians 5:1;13-25)
+ Choral Evensong from Durham Cathedral
+ Preaching 2 Peter – Rev William Taylor

From June 26th, 2016
+ Now that Faith has come – Dr Peter Moore [Luke 8:19-21, 2 Samuel],
+ The Spirit Helps Us In Our Weakness – James Fletcher [Romans 8:18-27]
+ Choral Evensong from from the Chapel of St John’s School, Leatherhead, with the Guildford Cathedral Choir

From June 19th, 2016
+ Anointment and Forgiveness – Bishop Mark Lawrence [Luke 7:39-50]
+ God’s New Creation 1 – Vaughan Roberts [Revelation 21]
+ Choral Evensong from Lichfield Cathedral

From June 12th, 2016
+ It’s Not Man’s Gospel – Dr Peter Moore at St Philip’s Charleston SC [Galatians 1:11]
+ Matins [Morning Prayer] from St Mary Magdalene, Sandringham
+ Friday’s Thanksgiving Service from St Paul’s Cathedral for the 90th Birthday of the Queen [starts 15 mins in]
Order of Service

From June 5th, 2016
+ A Man’s Faith that Amazed Jesus – Dr Kendall Harmon (Luke 7:1-10)
+ The Fall of Babylon – Vaughan Roberts [Revelation 17:1-19:10 ]
+ Choral Evensong from the St Davids Cathedral Festival

From May 29th, 2016
+ Building the Church – Dr Russ Parker at the Cathedral Church of St Luke and St Paul, Charleston
+ Town Hall Service – Vaughan Roberts
+ The Loud Absence: Where is God Amidst Suffering and Evil? – Professor John Lennox

From May 22nd, 2016
+ Pentecost: Power, Surprises and Understanding – Dr Kendall Harmon (Acts 2:1-11)
+ Talks from JI Packer on 1 Timothy at Laity Lodge, Texas [h/t Prydain]
+ Praying – Vaughan Roberts [Matthew 6:5-13]
+ Choral Evensong from Tewkesbury Abbey with Schola Cantorum

From May 15th, 2016
+ The Church is on Fire – Dr Russ Parker at St Michael’s Charleston
+ Jesus the Ascended King (Acts 1:1-11) – Dr Kendall Harmon
+ Choral Evensong from St John’s College, Cambridge
+ Choral Evensong from St Pancras Church during the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music

or there is an updated version from Rend Collective here

From May 8th, 2016
+ The Ascension of Jesus – Bishop Mark Lawrence
+ Choral Evensong from Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford

From May 1st, 2016
+ God’s Building – Vaughan Roberts [1 Peter 2:4-8]
+ Choral Evensong from St John’s College, Cambridge

From April 24th, 2016
+ The Good News – Rev Paul Wasswa Ssembiro at Christ St Pauls [Romans 1]
+ The Gospel in those Seasons when we have no fish – Bishop Mark Lawrence (John 21)
+ Choral Evensong from Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon, with the Choir and Orchestra of the Swan

From April 17th, 2016
Talks from New Wineskins
God at Work in South-East Asia – Bishop Rennis Ponniah [Luke 9:51 – 10:2 and Luke 24]

See: Mission Consultation South East Asia

From April 10th, 2016
+ A New Day for All Humanity – Bishop Rennis Ponniah

+The Bishop of London’s Easter Day Address

From March 27th, 2016
+ Priestly Prayer: The Prayer of Jesus and Portrait of Prayer: Agony in the Garden – Dr Kendall Harmon [Parts 6 and 7 of a Lent series on Prayer from Christ St Pauls]
+ Easter Day Evensong live from Worcester Cathedral now
+ Good Friday Meditations from St Andrew’s Cathedral Singapore

From March 20th, 2016
+ Palm Sunday Sermon – Rev Peter Cook at St Andrew’s Singapore on Sunday [Philippians 2]
+ The Bridge Keeper – Rev C. Bradley Wilson at St Philip’s Charleston on Sunday
+ The Slain Lamb – Rev Vaughan Roberts [Revelation 5] [MP3]
+ Strengthened by the Holy Spirit: The Prayer of St Paul – Rev Craige Borrett last week [Part 5 of a Lent series on Prayer from Christ St Pauls – Ephesians 3:14-21]
+ Sermon at SC Convention Eucharist – Bishop Thad Barnum
+ The Seven Last Plagues – Rev Vaughan Roberts [Revelation 15 & 16]
+ The Loud Absence: Where is God Amidst Suffering and Evil? – Professor John Lennox
+ Choral Evensong from Wells Cathedral
+ Open Thread: Lent Resources

Elgar: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me from the Choirs of the Cathedral Church of St Luke & St Paul, Charleston, SC [words from Isaiah 61:1-3,11]

“Recorded live at Choral Evensong on the Feast of St. Luke the Evangelist, October 18, 2015. The Cathedral Church of St. Luke & St. Paul, Charleston, SC. The Cathedral Choir (with members of the Compline Choir.) Paul Thomas, Organist and Choral Ministry Director

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because He hath anointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor:
He hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted,
to preach deliv’rance to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,””
to preach the acceptable year of the Lord;

To give unto them that mourn a garland for ashes,
the oil of joy for mourning,
the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they might be called trees of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that He might be glorified.

For as the earth bringeth forth her bud,
and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth;
So the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because He hath anointed me to preach the Gospel

From March 13th, 2016
+ The Freedom of Forgiveness – Bishop Rennis Ponniah [Genesis 45:3-15 and Mark 18:21-35]
+ Talking Jesus – Rev Rico Tice [more]
+ The Harvest – Rev Vaughan Roberts [Revelation 14]
+ The Bible: Quaint Relic or Bright Light – Dr Ken Bailey at Trinity School for Ministry
+ The Prayer of the Apostles – Let us speak boldly – Dr Kendall Harmon last week [Part 4 of a Lent series on Prayer from Christ St Pauls – Acts 4:1-31]
+ Choral Evensong from Westminster Abbey

[More from ‘What is the Gospel?’ – Rev William Taylor at St Helen’s Training]

From March 6th, 2016
+ Feeding of the Five Thousand – Archbishop Stanley Ntagali at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Singapore [John 6:1-15 and Mark 6:30-44]
+ What is Evangelicalism? – John Stott [from here where there is a summary]
+ I saw Heaven Open: the Two Beasts – Rev Vaughan Roberts [Revelation 13]
+ Choral Evensong from the Chapel of Magdalen College, Oxford
+ Hannah – Remember Me – Rev Craige Borrett last Sunday [Part 3 of a Lent series on Prayer from Christ St Pauls – 1 Samuel 1 to 2:10]

From February 28th, 2016
+ The Primacy of Religious Freedom – Bishop Mark Lawrence
+ Parting Thoughts – Rev. Jeffrey S. Miller [2 Timothy 3 & 4]
+ The Woman and the Dragon – Rev Vaughan Roberts [Revelation 12]
+ Solomon – Give me wisdom – Dr Kendall Harmon last week [Part 2 of a Lent series on Prayer from Christ St Pauls – 2 Chronicles 1:7-13 and 1 Kings 3]
+ Zechariah: When God Returns in Power – Bishop Rennis Ponniah Session 1, Session 2 and Session 3
+ Choral Evensong from King’s College, Cambridge

From February 21st, 2016
+ God Knows – Kevin de Young at St Ebbes, Oxford [Exodus 2:11-25]
+ Preaching Christ in the Old Testament – Kevin de Young in Preaching Matters from St Helens, Bishopsgate, London [see below]
+ Following Jesus Wholeheartedly – Bishop John Tan at St Andrews Cathedral, Singapore [Philippians 3:17-4:1]

From February 14th, 2016
+ David: I have sinned – Rev Craige Borrett [Part 1 of a Lent series on Prayer from Christ St Pauls]
+ Renewed and Empowered by the Holy Spirit – Bishop Rennis Ponniah today [Ephesians 4:17-28]
+ The Transfiguration – Dr Kendall Harmon last week [Luke 9] – well recommended by The Elves
+ Big Issues: Transgender – Rev Vaughan Roberts
+ Choral Evensong for Ash Wednesday from the Temple Church in London

From February 7th, 2016
+ Who is ‘God’s Servant’? – Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali at St Helena’s, Beaufort SC [John 12]
+ Rector’s Forum with Bishop Nazir-Ali
+ Facing up to the Truth – Rev Justin Terry at St John’s, John’s Island SC [Luke 4:14-28]
+ What do you see? – Rev Chris Royer at St Michael’s, Charleston SC [Ministry in the Middle East, John/Joel]
+ Pornography – Rev Vaughan Roberts [Matthew 5:27-30]
+ Sunday Worship from Down Cathedral in the Diocese of Down and Dromore [CofI]
+ Choral Evensong from Truro Cathedral

From January 31st, 2016
+ Do You Have Faith in Jesus? – Archbishop Mouneer Anis at Christ St Paul’s Today [Luke 4]
+ Sunday Worship from Long Lartin Prison, Worcestershire
+ Assisted Suicide – Vaughan Roberts

From January 24th, 2016
+ Fix Your Eyes on Jesus – Bishop Jacob W. Kwashi at Christ St Paul’s[Luke 4:14-21]
+ Finding Hope in the Baptism of Jesus – Dr Kendall Harmon
+ When the Evil Day Comes – Bishop Jacob W. Kwashi at St Philip’s Charleston [Ephesians 6:10-20]
+ Something to Aim for – The Beauty of Total Commitment – Bishop Rennis Ponniah [Luke 2:21-40; Philippians 1:1-6]

Sunday Worship live from St Helena’s Beaufort, SC
Listen here at 10:15 am Eastern time [3:15 pm London time]
Worship Bulletin [awaited]

The Cross at Camp St Christopher, SC

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