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Archive | September, 2015

Readings for October 2015

Scripture assigned for the major services (Sunday, Wednesday) during October 2015.   4 October – Harvest Festival Joel 2.21-27; Psalm 126; 1 Timothy 6.6-10; Matthew 6.25-33   7 October – William Tyndale, translator, martyr  Proverbs 8.10-17; Psalm 119.89-96; 1 Corinthians 15.1-11; John 12.44-50   11 October  Job 23.1-9,16-17; Psalm 22.1-15; Hebrews 4.12-16; Mark 10.17-31   […]

Theme for the Week – 20 September 2015

Scripture for this Sunday: Proverbs 31:10-31; Psalm 1; James 3:13-4:3, 7, 8a; Mark 9:30-37 I have discovered that to learn to speak Spanish means being willing to take a risk: to ask questions that might be perceived as silly; to make mistakes and have to be corrected.  To speak up and ask for clarification, to speak […]

Sponsored Songs of Praise 2015 – the final count

After months of voting by members of the congregation of Santa Margarita, the following hymns were the nineteen that garnered the most votes.  The top 15 were sung at the Songs of Praise event on Wednesday, 17 September.    16 = (four tied) From heaven you came, helpless babe  Written in 1983 by Graham Kendrick; […]

Hildegard von Bingen

Hildegard von Bingen, remembered by the church on 17 September, lived during the twelfth century, and was a “renaissance woman” four centuries before the renaissance.  She took vows and became a nun at the age of 15.  She wrote extensively, was a composer of music and choral works, and led the community of which she […]

Theme for the Week – 13 September 2015

Scripture for this Sunday: Proverbs 1:20-33; Wisdom of Solomon 7:26-8:1 (Canticle); James 3:1-12; Mark 8:27-38 In 1966, John Lennon caused a lot of trouble with an out-of-context remark that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus. If he had waited 20-30 years, and used words like “postmodernism,” or “rampant secularism and the decline of the church,” it […]

Harvest and Thanksgiving

Adapted from Roqueta, Menorca’s English language magazine for September 2015. Living in North America for a long time, I became accustomed to the celebration of Thanksgiving in both Canada (in October) and the United States (in November). Both are derivatives of thanksgiving for the harvest. Celebrating the harvest is a very ancient human practice. Almost […]

Theme for the Week – 6 September 2015

Scripture for Sunday: Proverbs 22; Psalm 125; James 2:1–10, 14-17; Mark 7:24-37 If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,’ and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? (James 2:15-16) […]

What To Do About The Refugee Crisis

Several people have asked what they can do in the face of the refugee crisis. Here are three ways to act now: Make a financial donation Volunteer, donate, collect Attend an event   The SumOfUs web site has links to many organisations in each of these categories. (A pop-up window will appear, but unless you wish […]

Sponsored Songs of Praise – Chart Update

Things are warming up in the voting for the Songs of Praise evening on 16 September.  TOP 20 HYMNS 1​  O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder 2​  Blessèd assurance, Jesus is mine 3​  Dear Lord and Father of mankind 4= ​And did those gee in ancient time      ​Guide me, O […]

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