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Christmas Raffle Results

These are the results of the Christmas Raffle draw, held on 14 December after the service of lessons and carols.  Tickets have been on sale since September, so there has been a lot of anticipation. Walking stick: Brian Rourke, 0046 Hand-made teddy bear: Tony Perkins, 0148 Decanter and bottle of whisky: employee of Bonnin Sanso, […]

Theme for the Week – 14 December 2014

Scripture for the third Sunday of Advent: Isaiah 61:1–4, 8–11; Psalm 126; 1 Thessalonians 5:16–24; John 1:6–8, 19–28 John the Baptist appears in John’s gospel in a rather more complex manner than in (for example) Mark’s gospel. John is certainly a prophetic figure in some ways, proclaiming a current reality and the consequences of unchanged action. […]

Theme for the Week – 7 December 2014

Scripture for the second Sunday in the season of Advent: Isaiah 40:1–11; Psalm 85:8–13; 2 Peter 3:8–15a; Mark 1:1–8 We come to the second Sunday of Advent, our season of anticipation and preparation; and we come to the second Sunday of a new church year. This brings us to Mark’s gospel in our reading cycle. […]

Saint Nicholas

Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of many things and people. He is the national saint of Russia and Greece, and thousands of churches are named after him.   He is known as the friend and protector of all those in trouble. Saint Nicholas was born about 500 km from Bethlehem in the fourth century. He […]

Christingles in Menorca

What is a Christingle?  It is an orange wrapped in a red ribbon, into which is inserted a candle, together with sticks on which are placed fruits and nuts, or sweets. Christingles have been made popular in the England by The Children’s Society, since the first Christingle service, held in the Church of England in […]

Theme for the Week – 30 November 2014

November 30th THEME FOR THE WEEK – THE THREE COMINGS – The Very Rev. Michael Higgins The hymns we sing today – ‘Hark a thrilling voice is sounding’ and ‘Come, Thou long expected Jesus’ – speak of the vibrancy, the tension, the expectancy of Advent, which begins today. Advent is simply another word for ‘Coming’ […]

Theme for the Week – 23 November 2014

Scripture for this Sunday (“Christ the King,” or “Reign of Christ”): Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24; Psalm 95:1-7a; Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46   Those of us who have been immigrants have learned, one would hope, three things: to remember to act as a guest in one’s adopted home; to be respectful of its traditions and customs; to […]

Hilda of Whitby

Celebrated today in the Anglican calendar: Hilda, seventh century Abbess of Whitby.  She was a gifted leader and conciliator, presiding over the Synod of Whitby that determined the shape of Anglican worship for many ensuing centuries. This is attributed to her: Trade with the gifts God has given you. Bend your minds to holy learning […]

Theme for the Week – 16 November 2014

Scripture for this Sunday: Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18; Psalm 90:1-12; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30 (“The parable of the talents.”)   The parable of the “talents” can be challenging to interpret. Traditionally, it has been interpreted as a reminder to use fruitfully those gifts with which we have been endowed.  This works because the Greek word, […]

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