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Archive | August, 2015

Aidan – of Iona & Lindisfarne

The church celebrates the life and ministry of Aidan on 31 August.  In the biographical extract there is a reminder of the theme for the week, drawing upon the scripture for Sunday: Aidan lived as he taught.  Aidan was a monk of Irish origin and Celtic faith. He lived at the monastery in Iona, and […]

Theme for the Week – 30 August 2015

Scripture for Sunday: Song of Solomon 2.8–13; Psalm 45.1–2, 6–9; James 1.17–27; Mark 7.1–8, 14, 15, 21–23 (Jesus is criticised for his disciples’ failure to follow hand-washing and other rituals). Ashley Madison is a web site for dating with a difference: something “on the side.” It’s been hacked – 33 million account details are apparently […]

Readings for September 2015

Scripture assigned for the major services (Sunday, Wednesday) during September 2015. 2 September Colossians 1.1-8; Psalm 34.11-18; Luke 4.38–44 6 September – The Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity Proverbs 22; Psalm 125 (sung); James 2.1–10,14-17; Mark 7.24-37 9 September Colossians 3.1-11; Psalm 15; Luke 6.20-26 13 September – The Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity Proverbs 1.20-33; Canticle – […]

A Message From The Diocesan Environment Officer

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ It is now almost 6 months since I took over from Madeleine Holmes as the Environment Officer for our Diocese here in Europe. (If you want to know more about me, see the Summer edition (No. 66) of The Anglican European.). I have at last managed to put together […]

Theme for the Week – 23 August 2015

Scripture for Sunday, 23 August: 1 Kings 8:22-30,41-43 (Solomon’s dedication of the temple); Psalm 84; Ephesians 6:10-20 (putting on the armour of God); John 6:56-69 (the final verses of the chapter of the ‘bread of life’ in which the followers of Jesus find his teaching too difficult and wander away). “Every morning, I pray that people […]

Sponsored Songs Of Praise – Current Top 20

The Sponsored Songs Of Praise evening is now less than a month away.  Here are the current top 20 hymns.  Voting costs 1€ per vote, and you can vote as often as you like.  Anyone and everyone is welcome to vote; and all are welcome to come to this, whether or not they are a […]

Theme for the Week – 16 August 2015

Scripture for this Sunday: 1 Kings 2.10–12 3.3–14; Psalm 111; Ephesians 5.15–20; John 6.51–58  There is a saying: “You are what you eat.” It has a degree of truth spiritually.   The spiritual diet that Jesus offered fell upon many who were stuck on bread for a free lunch or on a spiritual diet that was […]

Sacred Spaces

Reproduced – adapted – from the August issue of Roqueta, Menorca’s English-language magazine. The procession and celebration of Santa Margarita took place, as planned, on the evening of 19 July.  Anglican parishes do customarily celebrate patronal feast days, but I do not know of any that do it in quite this way.  Santa Margarita’s day falls […]

Theme for the Week – 9 August 2015

Readings for this Sunday: 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33 (the death of David’s son, Absalom); Psalm 130; Ephesians 4:25-5:2 (living in love, not letting the sun go down on our anger); John 6:35, 41-51 (Jesus speaks of himself as the bread of life). There is a lot to digest in these readings and their connection […]

Baptism at Punta Prima

   On the feast of the Transfiguration, a time to celebrate the revelation of the glory of Christ to his followers, the gift of grace was celebrated in the baptism of Mila in the sea at Punta Prima.   There is something mystical about blessing the water of the sea, which itself blesses humanity, but […]

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