We did a simple version of We See the Fruitful Harvest by Sam Hargreaves. It is a wonderful set of words for the modern world to the tune of We Plough The Fields and Scatter.
We have done a lot of more complicated recordings since March but we decided to do this with just an acoustic guitar and a couple of vocal tracks. We expected it to be very simple but once we heard the finished product decided to upload it to YouTube as a stand alone song.
If you would like the resources to do it yourself, they are all available from Resound. if you would like to use our version, please feel free. Atribution would be nice but not essential.
Sue Wallace, Eddie Green and I got together yesterday to talk about the future of Sanctum and plan the next annual conference. This year’s shindig is at College of the Resurrection Mirfield from 30th July to the 1st August. Tickets will be available in the next week or so. Put it in your diary!
Now that I’ve told you about that, I have a few reflections
from the day. From my perspective, the
best thing about meeting together in person was having the time to discuss our
vision for the future. “What exactly is Sanctum
is for?” is the question I was keen to explore.
We’ve always said we are:
“A network of emerging sacramental practitioners and dreamers. To worship, recharge, share ideas, pray and support in mission”.
So we talked about being creative and making space to enable
others to be creative in worship. On a
personal level that means a renewed commitment to sharing resources that Ruth
and I create. This year we have planned
to record more of the liturgical music we have written in ways that are
accessible and freely available. We also
plan to do forms of notation and chord sheets to go with them. So I will have to look in the next few weeks at
how this blog is used. Perhaps it is
time for a redesign? Importantly, I need
to find time for some administration and a commitment to curating resources.
Secondly, I would like to find ways to create space for
people to collaborate and find creative ways to create resources. This may mean providing days for people to
come together in different locations around the country to write, build, cut,
stick, pixel push and develop resources together. I am also wondering if there is a need to do
this across the internet of things. It
may be good to start places to creatively splurge in the Sanctum Connect group based
on a topic.
Thirdly, Ruth and I are consciously making space to write music together. We’re off on a song writing retreat in the summer. I will probably blog more about this in a separate post.
How do you get naughty boys to pray? I have a bracelet of knots around my left wrist that a turn around in my fingers. If I’m feeling extravagant I have this set of orthodox knots that keep my mind focussed enough to engage with the Divine.
Meet my new prayer divice! Fidget cube! Given to me by a friend. Modern day naughty boy prayer time! And it really works. And it fits in my pocket too!