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Readings for July 2018

The readings for the main services of Holy Communion on Sunday and Wednesday during July are as follows. 1 July 2 Samuel 1.1,17-27; Psalm 130; 2 Corinthians 8.7-15; Mark 5.21-43 Hymns: 362 Come Let Us Join Our Cheerful Songs – tune: Nativity 515 Jesus, In Your Life We See You – tune: Ebenezer (Ton-y-Botel) 506 […]

Dysmorphia – The Townley Venus

I stumbled upon this poem by Annie Rew Shaw quite by chance … knowing too many people who suffer from body dysmorphia – dislike of their own bodies – resulting in eating disorders, self mutilation, and who knows what else.  In Christian theology, incarnation is a vote of confidence in the material world and human […]

Theme for Sunday, 17 June 2018

Scripture for this week:  1 Samuel 15.34-16.13; Psalm 20; 2 Corinthians 5.6-10,14-17; Mark 4.26-34 Those who travel to California, especially its northern and coastal regions, will find that a lot of mustard grows wild. Apparently this has origins in the Balearic islands; in the eighteenth century, Father Junipero Serra, a Roman Catholic priest and missionary, scattered mustard […]

Theme for Sunday, 10 June 2018

Scripture for this week: 1 Samuel 8.4-11,16-20; Psalm 138; 2 Corinthians 4.13-5.1; Mark 3.20-35 It would have been all too convenient to read the words of warning of Samuel (about the risks of appointing an earthly king) to the people of Israel during a week when the Spanish civil government demonstrated that modern rulers are […]

Theme for Sunday, 3 June 2018

Scripture for the Sunday after Trinity:  1 Samuel 3.1-20 (the calling of Samuel); Psalm 139.1-5,12-18; 2 Corinthians 4.5-12; Mark 2.23-3.6 There is a saying, uttered by cynics: “No good deed goes unpunished.”  Readers of the new testament might well relate to this, pondering the fate of Jesus.  He seems to have been surrounded by a […]

Theme for Trinity Sunday 2018

Scripture for Trinity Sunday:  Isaiah 6.1-8; Psalm 29; Romans 8.12-17; John 3.1-17 On the sixth Trinity Sunday in Menorca … what is there to say anew about the way in which the Trinitarian God, present in creation, present in human being, present in empowering and inspiring spirit, helps us to relate to God and to […]

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