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Theme for Easter Sunday, 21 April 2019

Scripture for Easter Sunday: Isaiah 65.17–23; Psalm 118.1–2, 14–24; Acts 10.34–43; John 20.1–18 The gospel of John opens with the contrast between light and darkness and proceeds with a gathering gloom that threatens the light which Christ brings into the world.  The darkness gathers as Judas prepares to turn from the way of Jesus to pursue […]

Theme for Palm Sunday, 14 April 2019

Scripture for this Sunday: Palms: Luke 19.28–40; Psalm 118.1–2,19–24 Passion: Isaiah 50.4–9a; Psalm 31.9–16; Philippians 2.5–11; Luke 22.14-23.56 Palm Sunday, when we first process with palms to re-enact the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, and then find ourselves abruptly immersed in the reading of the Passion narrative, has traditionally been in many churches an occasion […]

Theme for Sunday, 7 April 2019

Scripture for this Sunday: Isaiah 43.16–21; Psalm 126; Philippians 3.4b–14; John 12.1–8 It is often instructive and enlightening to put ourselves in the place of the different characters in biblical situations.  This week, we have Martha, Mary, Judas and Jesus and other disciples at a nice little dinner party to celebrate the restoration of life to […]

Theme for Sunday, 31 March 2019

Scripture for this Sunday: Exodus 2.1-10; Psalm 127; Colossians 3.12-17; John 19.25b-27 We did something unusual on Mothering Sunday: we took a significant part of our worship to celebrate the life of a recently deceased lady who had been a devoted member of Santa Margarita, and we did so in the context of Mothering Sunday.   […]

Santa Margarita – Young Families in Church – 2018

JaFfA (Jesus a Friend for All) Club JaFfA, a family time, on a monthly basis, lasting for two hours, started in January 2013 – with one family; there are now 12.  Attendance can be complicated – juggling work commitments for the parents and sports activities for the children; yet families have continued to loyally support us since […]

Carrots & Creation

This article has been published in the Spring 2019 issue of Roqueta, Menorca’s English-language magazine.  What do we buy when, for example, we purchase carrots in a shop? We buy more than just the obvious vegetable. We also buy expertise and experience. Someone has to have the ability to know when and how to plant […]

Theme for Lent 2, Sunday, 17 March 2019

Scripture for this Sunday: Genesis 15.1–12, 17–18; Psalm 27; Philippians 3.17—4.1; Luke 13.31–35 Why did Jesus attract such hostility from powerful leaders? Why would a powerful ruler within the stable structure of the military Roman empire want to eradicate an itinerant rabbi from the back end of Galilean Palestine? As we journey through Lent, in […]

Theme for Lent 1, Sunday 10 March 2019

Scripture for the first Sunday of Lent: Deuteronomy 26.1-11; Psalm 91.1-2, 9-16; Romans 10.8b-13; Luke 4.1-13 Temptation. This features prominently in the first Sunday in Lent. It conjures up echoes of that line from the Lord’s prayer: ‘lead us not into temptation.’ This is an English translation of a Greek record of an Aramaic-speaking Jew […]

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