Sunday, January 30, 2011

Music for the Pastor's Study: Part XIX. The Iona Community

Based in the west end of Glasgow, and of course on the island of Iona itself, John Bell, Graham Maule, and the Wild Goose Worship Group of the Iona Community have been breathing new life into Reformed worship for some time now. With fresh texts set to many traditional Celtic tunes as well as some original melodies, their approach to the knot of gospel and culture is not unlike that of Luther in 16th c. Germany and Vaughan Williams in 20th England. Would that their work was still more widely known, but it has been making inroads and is being well received, so I suppose there is little more to say than simply, "Faster, please," and "More, please."

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