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Lord heal me for my bones are racked
Reflections for a Church in lockdown

Episode 6: In our journey through the Psalms we come now to a psalm which focusses on illness, on anxiety and on healing. The episode begins with the opening lines of Psalm 6, beautifully set to music by Orlando Gibbons.

O Lord in thy wrath rebuke me not
Neither chasten my in thy displeasure
Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am weak
O Lord heal me, for my bones are vexed
My soul also is sore troubled

The music at the start of this episode is taken from a recording of ‘O Lord in Thy Wrath Rebuke Me Not’ sung by the Choir of New College, Oxford, available on YouTube.

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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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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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The Revd Tina Molyneux is spearheading a scheme that is transforming people’s faith journeys across the Diocese of  Oxford. She tells Bishop Steven about her own life and her work as our new discipleship enabler.

Setting God’s People Free for… Monday to Saturday offers seven small shifts that will make a big difference to the way we worship, pray and support each other in our everyday faith. Nick Shepherd, program director, chats to Bishop Steven about #everydayfaith. Find out more in issue one of Pathways magazine.

Discovering Prayer helps thousands of people to go deeper with God through different forms of audio prayers and meditations. Bishop Steven chats to Michelle Eyre, Chief Prayer Officer and Founder in this latest edition of My (extraordinary) family. Read Michelle’s How to Pray article and God in the Life Of Michelle in Pathways magazine.

The Rt Revd Andrew Proud retires at Easter. Bishop Andrew chats with Bishop Steven about his ministry in England and in Ethiopia.