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Signs of the Times  •  17 January 2019 •  No. 183

Processional.Precious Lord,” performed by R&B singer Ledisi Anibade Young. Minutes before the assassin’s bullet found him, King called out, from the Lorraine Motel second floor balcony, to the music leader for that night’s rally, “I want us to sing ‘Precious Lord’ tonight.'”

Above: Photo by pasteursdusahel.org

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Signs of the Times  •  4 January 2019 •  No. 181

Processional.We Three Kings,” violin and orchestra, featuring Erika Blanco.

Above: Fiery topaz hummingbirds are found in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. Their natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest.
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Signs of the Times  •  20 December 2018 •  No. 179

Processional. Flash Flash – Jerusalem during the Christmas Tree Lighting party.” (Thanks Dick.)

Above: A face-on view of spiral galaxy NGC 4911, located deep within the Coma Cluster of galaxies, 320 million light-years away, lined with long clouds of dust and gas. These are seen in silhouette against glowing newborn star clusters and iridescent pink clouds of hydrogen, the existence of which indicates ongoing star formation. Hubble also captured the fainter outer spiral arms of NGC 4911, along with thousands of other galaxies of varying sizes in the background.
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Signs of the Times  •  7 December 2018  •  No. 178

IN THIS ISSUE: a poem, and a litany for worship, focused on John the Baptist. Below that, a large collection of Advent and Christmas resources for personal reflection and public worship. —Ken Sehested

The baptizer’s bargain
A poem based on John the Baptist

John.
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Signs of the Times  •  15 November 2018 •  No. 177

Processional. "Pie Jesu" (“Merciful Jesus”) by Sarah Brightman, Paul Miles-Kingston. The music accompanies actual film footage (3:34) from World War I’s “Battle of The Somme,” when French and British allies took the offensive against German troops in France, 1 July-18 November 1916. The British suffered 57,000 casualties on the first day of the offensive. All totaled, more than 1 million men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in history. 

Above: Wild poppies (Papaver rhoeas, known variously as the Flanders poppy, corn poppy, red poppy and corn rose) grow in the "Trench of Death," a preserved Belgian World War I trench system on July 14, 2017, in Diksmuide, Belgium.

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Signs of the Times  •  23 November 2016  •  No. 98

Processional.Now Thank We All Our God,” arr. by John Rutter, performed by The Cambridge Singers and the City of London Sinfonia.

Above: “Farm Scene” painting by Walt Curlee.

Invocation. “Of the things God has shown me,  / I can speak but a little word;  / not more than a honeybee  / can take away on its foot /  from an overflowing jar.’ —Mechthild of Magdeburg, 13th century mystic   Read more ›