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Theme for the Week – 30 November 2014

November 30th THEME FOR THE WEEK – THE THREE COMINGS – The Very Rev. Michael Higgins The hymns we sing today – ‘Hark a thrilling voice is sounding’ and ‘Come, Thou long expected Jesus’ – speak of the vibrancy, the tension, the expectancy of Advent, which begins today. Advent is simply another word for ‘Coming’ […]

Theme for the Week – 23 November 2014

Scripture for this Sunday (“Christ the King,” or “Reign of Christ”): Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24; Psalm 95:1-7a; Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46   Those of us who have been immigrants have learned, one would hope, three things: to remember to act as a guest in one’s adopted home; to be respectful of its traditions and customs; to […]

Hilda of Whitby

Celebrated today in the Anglican calendar: Hilda, seventh century Abbess of Whitby.  She was a gifted leader and conciliator, presiding over the Synod of Whitby that determined the shape of Anglican worship for many ensuing centuries. This is attributed to her: Trade with the gifts God has given you. Bend your minds to holy learning […]

Theme for the Week – 16 November 2014

Scripture for this Sunday: Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18; Psalm 90:1-12; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30 (“The parable of the talents.”)   The parable of the “talents” can be challenging to interpret. Traditionally, it has been interpreted as a reminder to use fruitfully those gifts with which we have been endowed.  This works because the Greek word, […]

Christmas Bazaar 2014

Santa Margarita’s annual Christmas bazaar was opened by the mayor of Es Castell, Lluís Camps Pons, at 10:00 on Saturday, 15 November.  Despite an early rain shower, and a few difficulties with the retractable roof of the market square, the weather improved by the time of opening, and a steady flow of visitors availed themselves of […]

Christmas Bazaar – 15 November 2014

From 10:00 to 14:00 on Saturday, 15 November, at the Plaça de Mercat in Es Castell: the annual Christmas bazaar for Santa Margarita. Cake stalls – Refreshments – Crafts  Children’s Toys – Cards – Christmas Gifts – Tombola  Collection of non-perishable food items for the needy of Es Castell; 10% of the profits will be […]

Theme for the week – 9 November 2014 – Remembrance

Scripture for the weekly Eucharist: Amos 5:18-24; Psalm 70; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:1-13 The regular Sunday readings draw attention to the need for preparation, and imply judgement. But rather than some distant day of judgement, Jesus tends to lead his followers, then and now, towards judgement on a day-by-day, minute-by-minute, basis. We are to […]

Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary

Santa Margarita was delighted to recognise the fiftieth anniversary of the marriage of Christine and Andrew Jackson with a blessing in church and a reception afterwards. The chaplain wishes to affirm that the cake was excellent. Picture courtesy of Janine Parkyn-Smith

A Blessing

I have used this blessing from time to time, in various forms, adapted in different ways to suit the context.  This is the full version.  It is a blessing that uplifts and acknowledges God’s blessing upon our quest for understanding in faith.  It is not original; I found it more than ten years ago, although […]

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