Pentecost to Trinity: 12 May - 16 Aug 2008
Church House Publishing
This is the third volume in Church House Publishing's new series of daily readings written to tie in with the lectionary readings for users of Common Worship: Daily Prayer and Time to Pray.
This issue's contributors are all experienced Anglican ministers: Angela Tilby, Alice Goodman, Christopher Jones, Ian Thompson, Jane Maycock, Stephen Cottrell and Christopher Herbert — an eclectic but fairly well-balanced mix of both male and female writers from across the spectrum of Anglican tradition, replete with a couple of Bishops (Stephen Cottrell and Christopher Herbert, Reading and St Albans respectively).
As with the last issue each writer offers his or her own particular take on the day's reading. Inevitably some reflections hit the spot more effectively than others but, agree or disagree with the slant taken, there's always something, a fresh insight or challenge to take away.
One disappointment, however: as yet there's nothing at the Daily Prayer website, www.dailyprayer.org.uk: the URL simply redirects to the publisher's series information page, www.chpublishing.co.uk/feature.asp?id=2393697. This could be an ideal opportunity for a blog to expand on the reflections, to give writers and readers alike an opportunity to explore the ideas raised further.
The next issue, due out in July, covers the period Trinity 13 to Christ the King, 18 August to 29 November 2008, bringing contributions from such notables as John Pritchard, author of How to Pray: A Practical Handbook (SPCK, 2002) and Maggi Dawn, author of Beginnings and Endings (and what happens in between) (BRF (Bible Reading Fellowship), 2007).
Time to consider a subscription, I'd say!
Phil Groom, May 2008
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