A new season: Bible reading notes this September

A new season: Bible reading notes this September

Is it almost autumn already? As we shake off the dust after months at home, it feels more like we should be emerging like butterflies in time for spring rather than preparing for hibernation! Nevertheless we can still see the new season as a time for renewal, refreshment and readjusting.

Whether you're hungry for a new rhythm and a fresh sense of spiritual renewal, or you're keen to keep up new habit of Biblical engagement formed during the lockdown, our Bible reading notes are here to support your living faith.

Find out what's coming in the September–December issues of our Bible reading notes below.

New Daylight
A note from the editor, Sally Welch:
Ruth Bancewicz and her team of scientists help us to see God at work in creation in a new way. Amanda Bloor’s imaginative exploration of ways of praying with everyday objects will help us stretch our ‘prayer muscles’ as she offers us new ways of encountering God, as part of our contribution to BRF’s Holy Habits initiative. And, in the run-up to Christmas, Veronica Zundel will take us through that wonderful tradition of the Nine Lessons and Carols, beloved by so many.
Also available in large-print format: New Daylight Deluxe.
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Bible Reflections for Older People
 A note from the editor, Eley McAinsh:
This issue of Bible Reflections for Older People covers Advent and Christmas, and angels feature prominently here: from Angela Tilby’s thoughtful series, ‘God’s messengers’, through Denise Line’s charming description of an abbey’s ‘Angel project’, to the words of a much-loved Victorian hymn and a reimagining of the angels’ message to 21st-century ‘shepherds’.
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Guidelines
A note from an editor, Helen Paynter:
In complementary readings, Paul Williams and Peter Phillips reflect on the relevance and interpretation of the Bible today. In an age when biblical literacy in the UK is at a deep low, these themes are important and relevant for us. There are familiar names, too. Derek Tidball brings us a set of reflections on some of the richness of salvation – a theme ever to be explored, to be pondered and to draw us to worship. Derek’s notes help us to do just that. In Advent, another well-loved contributor, David Kerrigan, will be helping us to reflect on the meaning of the kingdom of peace: an ancient and glorious theme whose relevance seems more pressing with every passing year.
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The Upper Room
A note from the Editorial Director of The Upper Room, Lindsay L. Gray:
In this issue, many writers share stories about the ways that faith in Christ and a dedication to spiritual practices have affected their lives. Some describe shifts in attitude and relationships because of their connection to God. Others describe a new-found sense of peace and awareness of God’s presence when they slow down and invest time in practising their faith. As you read this issue, I invite you to consider what difference a relationship with God makes in your daily life. I hope that you will find new ways to practise and invest in your faith over the coming months.
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P. S. If you're a budding writer, don't miss out on The Upper Room writing competition.

Day by Day with God
A note from the editor, Jill Rattle:
Our contributors in these notes are certainly not lukewarm. They are passionate about Jesus and the scriptures and feel privileged to share that love with you. We welcome three new contributors in this issue: Deborah Humphries, a Methodist minister, explores the letter to the Colossians; Karen Ling, mother of four, writes about listening and learning from Jesus in our pressurised lives; and opening this edition with her notes on Book 5 of the Psalms is Lakshmi Jeffreys, an Anglican vicar.
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Get Messy!
The story of David and Goliath is one of those Bible classics and a great way to start off a new term in September. In October, when we remember our prisons, we look at the story of Paul and Silas escaping from prison. In November we invite everyone to shine like a star, as the church calendar reminds us to commemorate the saints who have shone like stars before us. Of course, December is our annual celebration of the birth of Jesus.
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