Singing the Faith plus has been updated and is accepting new material to its web-site for consideration for publication.

Open for hymn submissions
After a period of looking at how we receive new hymns and songs for possible publication on StF+, we’re now open for business again.   We do have a number of texts and tunes received during our ‘moratorium’ period and, more recently, via our new online form. We’re working through these and authors will be contacted once our new, expanded submissions team has had a chance to make its assessments.   If you are thinking of sending us a new hymn, please take time to read through our refreshed criteria. The are quite detailed but have been thought through with care and give the best sense of what kind of material is most likely to catch our attention.   All you need to know is on the StF Submitting hymns page. We look forward to hearing from you!

Conditions for submission are available here.

New hymns on the site can be seen here.

Suggestions of hymns for the Lectionary can be seen here.

Hymn for the Day 13 – This is the newborn baby – FACE OF JESUS

I thought I knew most of Martin Leckebusch’s hymns, but this wonderful text is new to me. Set beautifully and sung by Sue Gilmurray

Hymn of the Day 12 – How sweet the name of Jesus sounds

Rare access to the thoughts of the author, John Newton –

Thoughts on The Body of Christ – A sample page from Inextinguishable Blaze – and a Hymn

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The Body of Christ 

It’s hard not to be moved by the way in which people who have shared a devastating experience find themselves feeling closer to one another than they do to members of their families. After all only they know what they’ve been through. There is a bond which can never be dissolved. There is a great temptation to try to form such a bond between people. The longing after a sense of community in which we care for one another and no one is left out is, perhaps, one such symptom of this. And it is given expression in clubs, organizations, religious orders and trades unions. Not least is this seen in the Church. There is a hankering after that supposed ideal world, born out of hardship, that is pictured in Acts 2 where the believers held everything in common and there seemed to be a sense of harmonious agreement, however short-lived, between them.

John and Charles Wesley sought after something of this sort in the Holy Club in Oxford and afterwards in the Methodist Societies that they began to form. Here people could be open with one another and they were encouraged to build each other up, to think of each other’s needs.

At its best the Church is a body of people in which no-one is excluded and in which those things which humanly separate us are swept away by God’s love for us and our love for each other. Here ‘Names, and sects, and parties fall’ as women and men are bound more closely to each other in commitment and fellowship. Here is a vision of what the world could be.

Christ, from whom all blessings flow

1	Christ, from whom all blessings flow,
	Perfecting the saints below,
	Hear us, who thy nature share,
	Who thy mystic body are.

2	Join us, in one spirit join,
	Let us still receive of thine;
	Still for more on thee we call,
	Thou who fillest all in all.

3	Closer knit to thee, our Head,
	Nourished, Lord, by thee, and fed,
	Let us daily growth receive,
	More in Jesus Christ believe.

4	Never from thy service move,
	Needful to each other prove,
	Use the grace on each bestowed,
	Tempered by the art of God.

5	Love, like death, has all destroyed,
	Rendered all distinctions void;
	Names, and sects, and parties fall :
	Thou, O Christ, art all in all.
                                   Charles Wesley

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Hymn of the Day – It was on a Friday morning – Sydney Carter – Andrew Pratt – The Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland

It was on a Friday morning Sydney Carter Commentary and recording by Andrew Pratt