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    • William L. Wallace
    • BILL WALLACE’S BIO

      William Livingstone Wallace (Bill) a retired New Zealand Methodist Minister is one of our most prolific contributors. Bill says that his work springs from communicating with the fire in his gut and his observation of both the internal and external aspects of the Cosmos. Since an early age he has been both sympathetic to and critical of the church, announcing at 13 his belief in evolution. In youth he struggled with the disconnection between art and spirituality in his own and other denominations and with the way in which all of the liturgy prior to the sermon was regarded as preliminaries and longer sermons were viewed as superior to more concise ones.

      At varsity he found an intellectual home in the ecumenism and radicalism of the Student Christian Movement and at theological college was frustrated to discover that neither these nor liturgy were regarded as major elements in the curriculum. In parish life he found that writing hymns was a more acceptable way of presenting radical thoughts than sermons. They allowed these thoughts to slide into the mind on the back of music.

      His radicalism sprang from his experiences as a labourer and his exposure to great inequality in the Philippines. It was these that led him to abandon the idea that wealth is a gift from God and with it the belief in an intervening deity.

      Bill found his true spiritual home when he was introduced to the Christian mystics, especially Hildegard of Bingen and Meister Eckhart. This explains why he has sometimes been called a prophetic mystic.

      Amongst other things, along with his parish work, Bill was the hymn selector for the Praise Be Television Programme, chaired Contemporary Hymns N.Z. Ltd. and was the convenor of the N.Z. Methodist Media and Communications Committee. He has also been the inaugural chair of the N.Z. branch of the interfaith World Conference on Religion and Peace and has initiated the formation of a Citizen’s Advice Bureau, an adventure playground, a suburban team ministry and initiated and coordinated a Community Care Centre.

      He holds a B.A. in philosophy and a Dip.Ed. and is the author of seven published collections of his hymns as well as the material on this website. His aim is to help people be empowered by the divine within them and the Cosmos and to work to overthrow the forces of personal and institutional greed which destroy both the ecosystem and human society.

      Bill’s Published Hymn Collections are

      1. Something To Sing About. The Joint Board of Christian Education of Australia and New Zealand 1981
      2. Singing The Circle Book 1 Sacred Earth, Holy Darkness.
      3. Singing The Circle Book 2 Darkness and Light.
      4. Singing The Circle Book 3 Broken Bread, Broken Chains.
      All published by the author with the aid of church grants.
      5. The Mystery Telling Hymns and Songs for the New Millennium. Selah Publishing Co. 2001
      6. Singing The Sacred Vol 1 A Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs. World Library Publications 2011
      7. Singing The Sacred Vol 2 A Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs. World Library Publications 2014

      Bill’s hymns have appeared in 13 different denominational hymn books and 17 other hymn collections. Other worship material has been included in 15 different anthologies. Material on this website includes the over 140 hymns and songs of the “Boundless Life” collection, 48 children’s songs of the “Sing Young, Sing Joyfully” collection, his “Sacred Energy / Mass of the Universe” and over 260 pages of other worship material.

In His Lifetime Jesus Taught Us

In his lifetime Jesus taught us
To observe and then reflect
On the laws that nature teaches
If we pause and then inspect,

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Say Welcome to the Real World

Tune: Passion Chorale W.O.V. 255

Say welcome to the real world,
A world where crosses grow,
Nurtured by groups whose “One way”
Can seem as pure as snow.

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Christianity As A Contributing Cause Of The Current Ecological Crisis

Durham Street Methodist ChristChurch New Zealand (Aotearoa) January 20, 2019 service led by Rev. Bill Wallace featuring some of his hymns. Our theme today is Christian Theology and global warming.

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Index to all of William L. Wallace’s Children’s Songs

Index to all of William L. Wallace’s Children’s Songs

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Index to all of William L. Wallace’s Celebrating Mystery Worship Material with Hymns

Index to all of William L. Wallace’s Celebrating Mystery Hymns

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Index to William L. Wallace’s Boundless Life Hymns

Index to all of William L Wallace’s Boundless Life Hymns

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Index to all of William L. Wallace’s Worship Material with Hymns for Nature’s Seasons

Index to all of William L. Wallace’s Worship Hymns for Nature’s Seasons

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Index to all of William L. Wallace’s Festive Worship Resources with Hymns

Index to all of William L. Wallace’s Festive Worship Hymns

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Worship Materials – Winter: The Pregnant Barrenness

From the Seasoned Celebration Collection

1. Winter is the season of the revelation of basic structure. If I was to strip away all the paraphernalia of my life what form would it have?

How many of the things which I do are related to the roots
of my spirit.

2. Winter is the season for hibernation. What rhythm do I have for reflection as well as action?
What frequency and length of time do I need in solitude in order to facilitate the growth and quality of my spirituality?

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Worship Materials: Fall/Autumn/Harvest

From the Seasoned Celebration collection

Like the falling of the leaves security in life lies in the process not in the fixed points.
Without harvest there can be no seed time.
Without death there can be no new life, no new beginning.

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Worship Materials: Spring

From the Seasoned Celebration collection

1. The fragrance of Spring lies not in judgement’s intervention but in love’s nurturing of the interior goodness.
2. Spring is not so much a moment as a movement, a manifestation of the sometimes hidden but always present life-force of God.

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Worship Materials: Summer

From the Seasoned Celebration collection

The flowering of summer is only eclipsed by the flowering of the human spirit.
Flowering has no permanency – only the process remains. Indeed the flowering only exists for the continuation of the process.

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Worship Materials: Marriage Service Resources

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

From time immemorial the circle has been a symbol of inclusiveness
and unity.

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Worship Materials: Funeral Resources

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

We have come in the midst of life to grieve for the death of ____, to give thanks for his/her life and to bid him/her farewell. Death and life are one in the purposes of love. Jesus said ‘if you grieve with all your heart, you shall find healing’.

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Worship Materials: Bible Sunday

From the Festive Worship collection

1. Without an overview of the Bible it is very easy to gain an erroneous impression of what the Bible is all about.
2. Look behind the words to the people.

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Worship Materials: Death and Grieving

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

1. Every tear is a womb which can birth new life.
2. Grief is the narrow passage through which we pass from death to life.

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Worship Materials: Human Relationships, Endings

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

Nothing lasts forever in the same form.

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Worship Materials: Human Relationships, Beginnings

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

Romance is only healthy within the context of our love for life, for the mystery, for the divine.

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Worship Materials: Beginnings and Endings

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

Buried in every beginning is an ending.

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Worship Materials: The Year

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

Each day can be a life time.
Time is the enemy only if we let it control our lives.
Time is redeemed by timeless moments.

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Worship Materials: Forgiveness Litany

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

All of us have experienced mental or physical suffering at the hands of other people. But each of us has also brought suffering to others.

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Worship Materials: Birth

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

Birth is a miracle but not magic.

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Worship Materials: Other Worship Resources

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

Ceremonies are points of cohesion beyond the boundaries of reason, a journey into the shadowy mystical world of the human spirit …

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Worship Materials: Trinity

From the Festive Worship collection

Do not let the Christian doctrine of the Trinity alienate you from the oneness of God; for God is both the many and the one.

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Worship Materials: The Cycle of the Year

From the Seasoned Celebration collection

1. The seasons of the human heart reflect the seasons of nature.
2. For most things there is a right time but for some things such as manipulation, oppression and injustice there is never a right time.

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Ecumenism

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

Until we discern the riches of the other tradition, any union will simply be a matter of absorption.
Uniting two traditions can create a space where a third and more life- giving form of spirituality can emerge.

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Remembrance/Peace Sunday

From the Festive Worship collection

If we are unwilling to learn from history, we commit ourselves to reliving the mistakes of our ancestors.

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Worship Materials: Wholeness and Healing

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

Wholeness is a process rather than a static state: it is not an end to the journey but the journey itself.

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Worship Materials: Aging

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

Unlike our bodies our spirits need not be wearied by age but can become more and more lively day by day. To grow in spirit requires a vision that holds all things together.

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Worship Materials: Remembrance of the Dead

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

Remembering our ancestors gives life to ourselves and also to them, for we are our ancestors and they are us.

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Worship Materials: Mystery, Mysticism

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

To look into the eyes of your beloved is to experience a mystery which the eye cannot discern.
There is no second hand mystery. Descriptions of it are a poor substitute for the experience.

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Worship Materials: Celebrating the Cosmic Processes

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

“I GREET THAT OF THE COSMOS WITHIN YOU”

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Worship Materials: Eucharistic Resources

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

Behind the words the actions, behind the actions the mystery. The Eucharist is a prism through which we can view the painful and joyful realities of life.

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Worship Materials: Spirituality

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

Beyond the encounter with the historic Jesus is the meeting with the Inner Christ.

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Worship Materials: Certainty and Doubt

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

1. It is a wise person who knows their ignorance.
2. You can never grasp all of the mystery.
You can only allow yourself to be grasped by it.

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Worship Materials: Creativity/Beauty/Imagination

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

New images arise out of the death of old images so do not be afraid of the wilderness or of the dying.

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