A Quick Journey Through the Psalms Begins Monday 8 June

moore and magillThe Monday nights in June at Sacred Heart Parish in North Belfast (Glenview Street) will be dedicated to deepening an appreciation of the 150 psalms with a special programme called ‘A Quick Journey Through the Psalms.’

Guest speakers include Rev Steve Stockman (Fitzroy Presbyterian), Breige O’Hare (well.com), Rabbi David Singer, and Rev Arlene Moore (Church of the Good Shepherd, Monkstown).

Each evening starts at 7 pm and there is a suggested donation of £4 to include refreshments. You are encouraged to bring your bible to make the most of the evenings.

More details about each evening are provided below.

Monday 8th June – SONGS FOR THE COMING HOME

Psalms 120-134 are known as the Songs Of Ascent. They were the Psalms the pilgrims sang as they traveled up to Jerusalem for Religious Festivals. We will look at them as companions for our own pilgrimages. Songs can be transformational, to heal, inspire and fuel our faith.

STEVE STOCKMAN is minister of Fitzroy Presbyterian Church and has believed in songs for spiritual and social transformation for as long as he can remember and written books on U2 as well as his own poetry. He is also a partner in peacemaking with Fr Martin Magill through the 4 Corners Festival and other endeavours…

Monday 15th June – “HOW LONG LORD?

The evening will introduce you to the psalms (13, 42 and 130) as words you can use for yourself in the ups and downs of your own life. You will find yourself in the company of the psalmists as real people, in the rough and tumble of life…who experienced God with them, and caring about them, in it.

BREIGE O’HARE is an experienced (Ignatian) Spiritual director, based in well.com – a Christian Centre for Spiritual and Psychological well-being. Her focus is on fostering relationship with God, self and others amid the ups and downs of ordinary daily life. She works with individuals, groups and congregations throughout N Ireland.

Monday 22nd June – HOW THE PSALMS ARE USED IN JEWISH PRACTICE – Rabbi David Singer

Monday 29th June – The use of Psalms in the worship of different denominations and in contemporary praise

This includes reference to Anglican chant, reformed Psalmody and paraphrases, Psalms as the basis of contemporary worship song lyrics, including such artists as Ian White and the experience of the Gaelic Psalm singers. psalms in pastoral offices such as funerals and healing services/ministry to the sick. Specific psalms Ps 23, 51, 103, 150.

For the last six years Rev Arlene Moore has been Priest-in-charge of Church of the Good Shepherd, Monkstown, a Single Covenant Partnership Church (fully united Church of Ireland and Methodist).She is also a part time NHS Hospital Chaplain with Belfast Health & Social Care Trust.

Image: Rev Arlene Moore and Fr Martin Magill, parish priest of Sacred Heart.

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