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Sponsored Songs of Praise 2018 – Nominations

So far, the following hymns/songs of praise have been nominated for the draw on 5 September.  Some of them have rather more nominations than others, with a greater chance of being drawn! Colours of day dawn into the mind My song is love unknown When I survey the wondrous cross Thine be the glory, risen, […]

Theme for Sunday, 5 August 2018

Scripture for this Sunday: 2 Samuel 11.26—12.13; Psalm 51.1–13; Ephesians 4.1–16; John 6.24–35 I discovered an interesting thing this week.  Much of the sweetcorn which is now consumed in great quantities in North America and elsewhere is a derivative of seed that was irradiated during the nuclear experiment at the Bikini Atoll in 1949.  Germination of […]

Theme for Sunday, 29 July 2018

Scripture for Sunday: 2 Samuel 11.1-15 (David & Bathsheba); John 6.1-21 (feeding 5000) God’s abundance is a challenge to us, and for us to make responsible use of it is tinged with the risk of abuse. Jesus is often referred to as the son of David and of David’s line, yet there is no moment of […]

Readings for August 2018

The readings for the main services of Holy Communion on Sunday and Wednesday during August are as follows. 1 August Jeremiah 15.10,16.21; Psalm 59.1-4,18-20; Matthew 13.44-46 5 August 2 Samuel 11.26—12.13a; Psalm 51.1–13; Ephesians 4.1–16; John 6.24–35 8 August – Dominic, Founder of the Order of Preachers, 1221 Romans 10.13-17; Psalm 40.4-11; Luke 10.1-12 12 […]

Theme for Sunday, 22 July 2018 – Mary Magdalene

Scripture for the festival of Mary Magdalene, apostle and saint:  Song of Solomon 3.1-4; Psalm 42.1-10; 2 Corinthians 5.14-17; John 20.1-2,11-18 As we celebrate the festival of Mary Magdalene, we face an enigma.  There is much attached to her reputation by tradition which has little, if any, scriptural basis. But she wasn’t a prostitute, probably […]

Theme for Sunday, 15 July 2018

Scripture for this Sunday: 2 Samuel 6.1-5,12b-19 (David dances before the Ark of the Covenant); Psalm 24; Ephesians 1.3-14; Mark 6.14-29 (Herodias dances and John the Baptist is beheaded) Dancing figures prominently in the celebrations of our time, and has done so for centuries. Marriages, for example, which are celebrations of love, prominently feature dancing. Of […]

Anticipating Sunday: Hip Hop Herod

  Hip Hop Herod and John the Baptist’s Head This is the story of a king called Herod Who married a lady called Herodias She was the wife of his brother, Philip. But he really did like Ms. Herodias.   Now you all know who-was John the Baptist. You know that he lived to a […]

Theme for Sunday, 8 July 2018

Scripture for this Sunday: 2 Samuel 5.1-5,9-10; Psalm 48; 2 Corinthians 12.2-10; Mark 6.1-13. In many professions, or sports, it’s important to learn to fall before learning anything else: parachuting; martial arts; high jump, long jump, triple jump; skiing; to name but a few. Learning To Fall is the title of a book by Philip Simmons, an […]

Theme for Sunday, 1 July 2018

Scripture for this Sunday:  2 Samuel 1.1,17-27 (the demise of Saul); Psalm 130; 2 Corinthians 8.7-15; Mark 5.21-43 (healing of the woman with a haemorrhage and the daughter of Jairus, the synagogue leader). Last week I saw the action of the woman in the passage from Mark’s gospel described as ‘civil disobedience.’  Certainly, she broke […]

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