For the 2013 Advent season saint benedict’s table and Signpost Music produced a series of podcasts for The Anglican Church of Canada. We think they’re still pretty timely, so we’re again making them available for 2015.
The podcasts are available in our iTunes catalogue, which can be accessed by clicking here.
We’ve also prepared Kindle version of our book of daily readings for the season, which can be purchased by clicking here.
In addition, we’ve released an edition through Smashwords, in an “e-pub” version suitable for a wide array of tablets and readers. To purchase that version, simply click here.
You can listen to the episodes below by clicking the arrows. Each of them run approximately five minutes.
- The Four Last Things
Reflection by Jamie Howison
- O come, O come Emmanuel
Reflection by Steve Bell, including a new version of the great Advent hymn, and incorporating the poetry of guest contributor Malcolm Guite
- I Hate the Mall
Reflection by Rachel Twigg Boyce
- Jesse Tree
Featuring Steve Bell’s new recording of Gord Johnson’s song “The Jesse Tree,” this episode opens with a reflection by Jamie Howison
- Come, Lord
An original song for Advent by Jaylene Johnson
- Keening for the Dawn
An original song for Advent by Steve Bell, with special guest Malcolm Guite
And you might be interested to know that two of the songs that appear on the podcasts were recorded specifically for this series. Episode 4 features Gord Johnson’s song “The Jesse Tree,” recorded by Steve Bell. Episode 5 features Jaylene Johnson’s “Come, Lord”, with Jaylene on vocals, Steve Bell on acoustic guitar, and Murray Pulver on the electric.
So who are all of these contributors?
Steve Bell is a singer/songwriter whose 30 year vocation as an artist has taken him around the globe and produced numerous albums. Currently living in Winnipeg with his wife, Nanci, Steve has three grown children and two grandsons. Steve’s reflections in both the book and the podcasts, are based on songs from his widely acclaimed recording, Keening for the Dawn. More information on that CD is available by clicking here.
Jamie Howison is a priest of the Anglican Church of Canada and one of the founding leaders of saint benedict’s table. His book God’s Mind in that Music: Theological Explorations through the Music of John Coltrane was published by Cascade Books in 2012. With Steve Bell he also co-authored I Will Not be Shaken | a songwriter’s journey through the psalms, published by Signpost in 2015.
Malcolm Guite is a priest, chaplain, and teacher at the University of Cambridge. He is also a poet and singer/songwriter, and the author of Faith, Hope and Poetry: Theology and the Poetic Imagination, Sounding the Seasons: Seventy Sonnets for the Church Year, many other books. You can find out more about Malcolm’s work by clicking here.
Jaylene Johnson is a singer, songwriter, and member of the staff team for saint benedict’s table. She lives, works, and dreams in Winnipeg, Manitoba. You may have heard her music on prime time TV shows like Pretty Little Liars or Degrassi. To hear more and read of her adventures, visit her website or look for her on iTunes.
Rachel Twigg Boyce serves as Pastoral Associate with saint benedict’s table, and is a seasoned spiritual director and retreat facilitator. When not working, she can be found drinking coffee, walking her dog, or doing both at the same time.
- Recorded, engineered, and produced at Signpost Studio in the summer and fall of 2013
- Series Host: Kyla Neufeld
- Engineer: Dave Zeglinski
- Producers: Dave Zeglinski and Jamie Howison