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Worship Material – Revd Bill Young – Online Resources
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Revd Bill Young - Online Resources

Worship Material

This page is where you can play or read or download sermons, reflections, prayers and other material. The North Coventry Group of URCs has been accustomed often to following scripture determined by the Revised Common Lectionary. The most recent audio material, with a transcript, should be immediately below this paragraph; scroll down for an archive of all material posted since 22 March 2020, including our Holy Week daily podcasts. At the bottom of the page you will find a recording and order of service for the induction of my colleague Revd Debbie Brown on 4 April 2020.

Candles in a time of Covid, Advent Sunday 2020
Podcast for 29 November 2020 (click on the arrow in the widget above to start listening)

A script for the 29 November podcast can be found here.

The podcast team

The podcast team at work, Easter 2020

After a crash self-taught course for Bill in using Audacity software, Bill and Erica Young have been producing podcasts for the North Coventry Group of United Reformed Churches since 22 March 2020, as an offering into the online worship resources springing up during the Covid-19 emergency.

Thanks to the talents and voices of Erica Young and – often – Janet Powell this quickly ceased to be just the same old Scot droning on in the same old way. A number of other readers came to take part and other volunteers to read would be welcome – ‘apps’ are available for all smart phones and computers which allow the transmission of voice recordings.

‘Virtual church door’

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Podcast Archive

Candles in a time of Covid, Advent Sunday 2020
Podcast for 29 November 2020

A script for the 29 November podcast can be found here.

Christ enthroned separates the sheep and goats,
sixth-century mosaic, Basilica of St Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna.
Podcast for 22 November 2020

A script for the 22 November podcast can be found here.

The Parable of the Talents, 1712
by the German engraver and publisher Christoph Weigel (1654-1725)
Podcast for 15 November 2020

A script for the 15 November podcast can be found here.

The Grieving Parents (1932) – by Käthe Kollwitz, representing herself with her husband Karl. Vladslo German War Cemetery, Belgium, where their son Peter is buried.
Podcast for 8 November 2020 (Remembrance Sunday)

A script for the 8 November Remembrance Sunday podcast can be found here.

Material from Bill Young’s 2017 sabbatical study of remembrance can be found on our sister website revdbill.info. This includes a report ‘Aspects of Remembrance’ and photographs from a variety of sites visited.

Phylactery (Tefillin) from the 2nd to 1st Century BC. Qumran (Site of the Dead Sea Scrolls)
Podcast for 1 November 2020

A script for the 1 November podcast can be found here.

‘A new commandment I give to you…’ Jesus giving the Farewell Discourse to his eleven remaining disciples after the Last Supper, from the Maestà by Duccio, c. 1310.
Podcast for 25 October 2020

A script for the 25 October podcast can be found here.

they brought him a denarius… Silver denarius of the Emperor Tiberius
Podcast for 18 October 2020

A script for the 18 October podcast can be found here.

Moses with the Tablets of the Law, 1659 by Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669)
Podcast for 11 October 2020

A script for the 11 October podcast can be found here.

A Russian icon, Moses the Prophet, from the Kizhi monastery. Early 18th century.
Podcast for 4 October 2020

A script for the 4 October Podcast can be found here.

Harvesters (1905) by Anna Ancher (1859-1935)
The podcast for 27 September takes the form of a Harvest Thanksgiving
Podcast for 27 September 2020

A script for the 27 September podcast can be found here.

Jesus’ parable in Matthew 20 speaks of labourers in the vineyard. This is a recent photograph of a vine in Coventry, originating from a plant grown by the late Phil Warner, one time member of Holyhead Road URC.
Podcast for 20 September 2020

A script for the 20 September podcast can be found here.

Saint Peter and Saint Paul (painted 1587-1592)
Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg
by El Greco (Doménikos Theotokópoulos) 1541-1614
Podcast for 13 September 2020

A script for the 13 September podcast can be found here.

The Whirlwind: Ezekiel’s Vision of the Cherubim and Eyed Wheels
(Illustration to Ezekiel 1.4–28, about 1803–05) William Blake, 1757–1827
Podcast for 6 September 2020

A script for the 6 September podcast can be found here.

The Prophet Jeremiah, part of the Sistine Chapel ceiling frescoes, Rome
by Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564), painted 1508-1512
Podcast for 30 August 2020

A script for the 30 August podcast can be found here.

Orazio Gentileschi (1563-1639), Moses saved from the waters (National Gallery, London)
Exodus 2.5
Podcast for 23 August 2020

A script for the 23 August podcast can be found here.

Jesus exorcising the Canaanite Woman’s daughter (Matthew 15.21-28)
from the illustrated manuscript Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry, 15th century.
Podcast for 16 August 2020

A script for the 16 August podcast can be found here.

Fishing boat near Canna, Hebrides, August 2019
Matthew 15.24
Podcast for 9 August 2020

A script for the 9 August podcast can be found here.

Sixth-century mosaic, Christ blesses the loaves and fish
Church of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna
Podcast for 2 August 2020

A script for the 2 August podcast can be found here.

Baking Bread (1889), Anders Zorn (1860-1920)
Matt 13.33 The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.
Podcast for 26 July 2020

A script for the 26 July podcast can be found here.

Cornfield with crows (1890)
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)
Podcast for 19 July 2020

A script for the 19 July podcast can be found here.

The Parable of the Sower (1557)
Peter Brueghel the Elder (d 1569)
Podcast for 12 July 2020

A script for the 12 July podcast can be found here.

…where does my help come from?
Ben Nevis from Loch Linnhe. Lochaber, Scotland.
Podcast for 5 July 2020

A script for the 5 July podcast can be found here.

Podcast for 28 June 2020

A script for the 28 June podcast can be found here.

Fear not… Matthew 10.31
Podcast for 21 June 2020

A script for the 21 June podcast can be found here.

Christ Blessing (The Saviour of the World), 1600; El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
Image licensed for use by the National Galleries of Scotland.
Podcast for 14 June 2020

A script for the 14 June podcast can be found here.

The Holy Trinity, 1511, woodcut by Albrecht Dürer (1471 – 1528)
Podcast for 7 June 2020

A script for the 7 June (Trinity Sunday) podcast can be found here.

Pentecostés (Pentecost), 1597 by El Greco (Doménikos Theotokópoulos, 1541-1614)
Podcast for 31 May 2020

A script for the 31 May podcast (‘Pentecast’) can be found here.

Acts 1.10: They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going…
Sun over Rum, August 2019
Podcast for 24 May 2020

A script for the 24 May podcast can be found here.

Paul preaching at the Areopagus, Athens (Acts 17)
Cartoon for tapestry; Raphael (1483-1520)
(c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London; used by permission
Podcast for 17 May 2020

A script for the 17 May podcast can be found here.

During the 10 May podcast you are invited to hold a stone or pebble in your hand.
Podcast for 10 May 2020

A script for the 10 May podcast can be found here.

A third century image of Jesus the Good Shepherd from catacombs in Rome
Podcast for 3 May 2020

A script for the 3 May podcast can be found here.

Caravaggio’s depiction of ‘The Supper at Emmaus’, 1602-3
Podcast for 26 April 2020

A script for the 26 April podcast can be found here

The podcast for 19 April includes a reflection on Psalm 42.4-5
Podcast for 19 April 2020

A script for the 19 April podcast can be found here.

Magdalene meeting the resurrected Christ, Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov, 1835

A podcast for Easter Sunday, based on the John 20 Easter narrative.

Podcast for Easter Sunday 2020, 12 April

A script for the Easter Sunday podcast can be found here.

Podcast for Holy Saturday 2020, 11 April

For the Holy Saturday podcast transcript, click here.

For a transcript of prayers used in a phone-conference prayer gathering on the afternoon of Good Friday, click here.

Podcast for Good Friday 2020, 10 April

For Good Friday’s podcast transcript, click here.

Podcast for Maundy Thursday 2020, 9 April

For Maundy Thursday’s podcast transcript, click here.

Podcast for Wednesday of Holy Week 2020, 8 April

For Wednesday’s podcast transcript, click here.

Podcast for Tuesday of Holy Week 2020, 7 April

For Tuesday’s podcast transcript, click here.

Podcast for Monday of Holy Week 2020, 6 April

For Monday’s podcast transcript, click here.

Holy Week 2020 – a ‘Pilgrimage’

Since Holy Week 2016 our Group has used the evenings of days in Holy Week to gather for worship in each of our churches – a different one every night. While this is not possible this year we can still join for a virtual ‘pilgrimage’ online. Each of the daily recordings immediately above here includes a short reflection on part of John’s Passion narrative in chapters 12-19, with prayer and topped and tailed with music.

A palm cross such as Christians all over the world distribute and display in Holy Week
Podcast for Palm Sunday 2020, 5 April

A script for this Palm Sunday podcast can be found here in pdf format.

Vellum leaf from Book of Hours, France, c1470
Manuscript text from a vellum leaf (8cm x 10cm) taken from a French ‘Book of Hours’, c1470. The text is a guide for the reader to some texts and prayers in the Mass, including ‘De profundis’ – ‘out of the depths’, the first words of Psalm 130.
Podcast for Sunday 29 March 2020

A script for this 29 March podcast can be found here.

El Greco: Christ healing the blind
El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos, 1541–1614), The Miracle of Christ Healing the Blind. Public Domain image from Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: www.metmuseum.org
Podcast for Sunday 22 March 2020

A script for this 22 March podcast can be found here.

Induction of Revd Debbie Brown…

…to minister in the North Coventry Group of United Reformed Churches: Foleshill Road URC, Holyhead Road URC, Keresley URC, Potters Green URC. Debbie’s induction Service was planned for 4 April 2020; an induction was led online on that day by the Revd Steve Faber, Moderator of the West Midlands Synod, URC. A recording of the induction can be heard by playing (or downloading) this audio file.

A pdf file of the Order of Service is available here.