Welcome to my new podcast, My (extraordinary) Family. For each edition I will be talking with someone I’ve come to know in my travels about their faith, their work and their story. I’ll will be asking what it means to them to become more Christ-like: contemplative, compassionate and courageous for the sake of God’s world.

I will come into your house
Reflections for a Church in Lockdown

Episode 5: Samuel Wesley’s beautiful setting of Psalm 5.8 is my starting place this week. Wesley crafts a peaceful song of trust out of the middle of a Psalm which refuses to hide from life’s difficulties.

The music at the start of this episode is taken from a recording of Lead me Lord by Samuel Wesley by Somerville College Choir (Psalm 5.8 and 4.8). I’m using several commentaries on the Psalms to prepare these podcast episodes, but particularly Professor Sue Gillingham’s commentary: Psalms through the Centuries: A reception history commentary on Psalms 1-72 (Wiley Blackwell, 2018) and John Goldingay, Psalms in the Baker Commentary Series (Baker Academic 2006).

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Commune with your own heart and be still…
Reflections for a Church in Lockdown

Episode 4: The lockdown is an invitation and an opportunity to come deeper with God, to address our spiritual poverty, to dare to explore that inner space, to be still and to wait for the winds and the earthquake and the fire within to pass and then to listen for that still, small voice speaking in the silence. Psalm 4 is our guide as we dare to explore this inner space.

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I will lie down and sleep… because the Lord sustains me
Reflections for a Church in lockdown

Episode 3 of this series explores psalm 3; a psalm from the middle of a crisis.  What can we learn from the psalmist in the current crisis and when we are feeling overwhelmed?

We are undoubtedly living through one of the greatest crises of our lives. Reflections for a Church in Lockdown is a new series of reflective podcasts and online audio by the Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft. The series aims to resource the Church during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Programme notes: ‘The effects of tragedy on congregations‘ by Christopher Southgate, Carla Grosch-Miller and Hilary Ison.

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You are my Son – reflections for a Church in lockdown

This is the second episode in a new series of reflective podcasts by the Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft. The series aims to resource the Church during the period of lockdown due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Episode 2 – exploring Psalm 2: You are my Son

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tree by river

Like a tree planted by streams of water – reflections for a church in lockdown.

This is the first episode in a new series of reflective podcasts by the Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft. Each episode aims to resource the Church during the period of lockdown due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Episode 1 – an exploration of Psalm 1: Like a tree planted.

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Garden

Come and See: An exploration of the Passion of Jesus in St. John

In episode 1 We begin with the betrayal and arrest of Jesus.

  • Hymn: There is a Green Hill Far Away, recorded and performed at home by Tom and Mandy Green for this podcast.
  • Reading: John 18.1-14 by Julia Hollander. (NRSV)
  • Commentary by Bishop Steven.
  • A minute of silence follows +Steven’s commentary for personal reflection.
  • Taizé: Kyrie, kyrie, eleison.

This episode was produced by The Rev’d Charlotte Bannister-Parker in collaboration with Steven Buckley and Phil Hind. Music performed under CCLI 535160 and Limited Online Music License LE-0018115. Licenses registered to the Oxford Diocesan Board of Finance. Album artwork ‘Jerusalem’, Charlotte Bannister-Parker.

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Come and See: An exploration of the Passion of Jesus in St. John

Episode 2: The story of Jesus passion takes place in the darkness and the cold of the night.

  • Reading John 18. 15-27 by Julia Hollander. (NRSV).
  • Commentary by Bishop Steven.
  • A minute of silence follows +Steven’s commentary for personal reflection.
  • Taizé: Kyrie, kyrie, eleison.

This episode was produced by The Rev’d Charlotte Bannister-Parker in collaboration with Steven Buckley and Phil Hind. Music performed under CCLI 535160 and Limited Online Music License LE-0018115. Licenses registered to the Oxford Diocesan Board of Finance.

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Sculptures

Come and See: An exploration of the Passion of Jesus in St. John

Episode 3: The Evangelists invite us to place ourselves in the story through the characters who come and go.

  • Reading John 18. 28-40 by Julia Hollander. (NRSV)
  • Commentary by Bishop Steven.
  • A minute of silence follows +Steven’s commentary for personal reflection.
  • Taizé: Kyrie, kyrie, eleison.
  • Hymn: Amazing Love. What sacrifice, recorded and performed at home by Tom and Mandy Green for this podcast.

This episode was produced by The Rev’d Charlotte Bannister-Parker in collaboration with Steven Buckley and Phil Hind. Music performed under CCLI 535160 and Limited Online Music License LE-0018115. Licenses registered to the Oxford Diocesan Board of Finance.

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Jesus wearing crown of thorns

Come and See: An exploration of the Passion of Jesus in St. John

Episode 4: The theme of kingship runs through John’s story of the passion.

  • Reading: John 19. 1-16 by Julia Hollander. (NRSV)
  • Commentary by Bishop Steven.
  • A minute of silence follows +Steven’s commentary for personal reflection.
  • Taizé: Kyrie, kyrie, eleison.

This episode was produced by The Rev’d Charlotte Bannister-Parker in collaboration with Steven Buckley and Phil Hind. Music performed under CCLI 535160 and Limited Online Music License LE-0018115. Licenses registered to the Oxford Diocesan Board of Finance.

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Crucifixion and sunlight

Come and See: An exploration of the Passion of Jesus in St. John

Episode 5: We have journeyed from the garden to the courtyard to the pavement of Pilate and now we travel with Jesus to the cross.

  • Reading: John19. 17-37 by Julia Hollander. (NRSV)
  • Commentary by Bishop Steven.
  • A minute of silence follows +Steven’s commentary for personal reflection.
  • Hymn: When I surveyed the wonderous cross, recorded and performed at home by Tom and Mandy Green for this podcast.

This episode was produced by The Rev’d Charlotte Bannister-Parker in collaboration with Steven Buckley and Phil Hind. Music performed under CCLI 535160 and Limited Online Music License LE-0018115. Licenses registered to the Oxford Diocesan Board of Finance.

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