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Theme for 15 April 2018

Scripture for the third Sunday of Easter: Acts 3.12–19; Psalm 4; 1 John 3.1–7; Luke 24.36b–48 Most of us don’t face the challenge of proving that we are alive. It’s true that occasionally I’m asked to sign a form to verify that someone is still eligible to receive a pension. But most of us have not […]

Theme for 8 April 2018

Scripture for the second Sunday of Easter:  Acts 4.32–35 (apostles sell all and live in a community of mutual support); Psalm 133; 1 John 1.1—2.2 (John’s testimony of forgiveness and love); John 20.19–31 (Jesus’ encounter with Thomas) Let’s set aside (for a moment!) the temptation to dwell upon the similarity between the writing of Karl […]

Theme for Easter Sunday 2018

Scripture for Easter Sunday:  Isaiah 25.6-9; Psalm 118.1-2,14-24; Acts 10.34-43; Mark 16.1-8 Anyone who has seen the film The Shape of Water will have either been intrigued, or made slightly uncomfortable (or both!) by its enigmatic ending. A film or a book with an inconclusive ending often leaves us feeling slightly uncomfortable.  We prefer tidy […]

Into your hands I commend my spirit …

A reflection upon words of possession from the cross …  Luke 23:44-46 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, while the sun’s light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your […]

It is finished …

A reflection upon words of completion from the cross … John 19:30 When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. How often do we actually ever finish anything? One of the reasons why clergy like to do domestic chores is because there’s […]

I thirst

A reflection upon words of thirst from the cross …  John 19:28-29 After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), “I am thirsty.” A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of […]

Why have you forsaken me … ?

A reflection on words of anguish from the cross … Matthew 27:45-47 From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” When some of the […]

Truly I tell you, today you will be with me …

A reflection upon words of hope from the cross … Luke 23:39-43 One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And […]

Woman, behold your son …

Reflection on words of love from the cross …  John 19:25b-27 Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is […]

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