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Theme for Sunday, 19 January 2020

Scripture for this Sunday (Epiphany 2): Isaiah 49.1–7; Psalm 40.1–12; 1 Corinthians 1.1–9; John 1.29–42 “What are you looking for?”  Jesus asks this question of two disciples of John the Baptist who approach him.  It’s a fundamentally important question for all followers of Jesus to address.   In his book, Freedom Is Coming, the Bishop of Leeds, Nick […]

Readings and Hymns for January 2020

Readings for the services of Holy Communion on Sunday and Wednesday, plus Sunday hymns. 1 January – Naming & Circumcision of Jesus Numbers 6.22–27; Psalm 8; Galatians 4.4–7; Luke 2.15–21 5 January – Epiphany Isaiah 60.1-6; Psalm 72.10-15; Ephesians 3.1-12; Matthew 2.1-12  Hymns: 86 The First Nowell – tune The First Nowell  105 We Three Kings – tune […]

Theme for Epiphany, 5 January 2020

Scripture for Epiphany: Isaiah 60.1-6; Psalm 72.10-15; Ephesians 3.1-12; Matthew 2.1-12 Epiphany might be regarded as the culmination of gift-giving for the Christmas season; God opens it with the priceless gift of the Christ child, and the Magi conclude it with unsolicited gifts vastly disproportionate to the situation of the baby Jesus and his family. […]

Theme for Christmas Day 2019

I have an issue with one of the Christmas carols that we sing: Away in a Manger.  The problem? “No crying he makes.”  What?  Why not?  Was there something wrong with him?! I was present at the birth of my own child who no crying did make – and the paediatric cardiologist who fortunately happened to be […]

Theme for Advent 4, 22 December 2019

Scripture for this Sunday: Isaiah 7.10–16; Psalm 80.1–8; Romans 1.1–7; Matthew 1.18–25 There’s a lot of dreaming in the Bible.  Two men called Joseph have dreams that affect the future of their people.  One saves his people (and others) from famine; one nurtures a pregnant young woman and her child who saves all people from a spiritual […]

Christmas Raffle Results 2019

The draw for the annual Christmas raffle took place on Sunday evening, 15 December. The winners were as follows: Grand prize (trip to the UK) – Suzanne Hodges Flight around the island – Phil Bryan Bicycle – Jill Tracey Hamper donated by Can Dulce, Sant Climent – Mo Newman Murphy Richards mini cooker – John […]

Theme for Advent 3, 15 December 2019

Scripture for this Sunday: Isaiah 35.1–10; Psalm 146.4-9; James 5.7–10; Matthew 11.2–11 Our Advent journey took in a special point of interest this week as we celebrated a diamond wedding anniversary.  It’s appropriate, really, because the third Sunday of Advent is about joy, and the anniversary is a joyful occasion.   A long-term marriage requires a certain degree […]

Divinity & Earthiness

The following article was first published in Roqueta, Menorca’s English language magazine – Winter 2019 issue. There are times when life seems rather like a house of cards.  One surprising medical result, or one shadow on an X-ray, or one misstep, or one banker’s error, or one poor decision, can bring down our sense of […]

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