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Readings for November 2018

Readings for the principle services of Holy Communion on Wednesdays & Sundays in November. Also included are the weekly prayers for the various communities in Menorca, part of our local cycle of prayer.  2 November – observance of All Souls (evening) Psalm 23; Wisdom 3.1-9; John 6.37-40 4 November – All Saints Sunday Wisdom 3.1-9; Psalm […]

Anniversary of the Manchester Bombing

Today marks a year since the bombing at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.  Those who were involved are still very much affected by the events of that night.  For example, the doctors who were amongst the first to respond still recall it vividly: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/may/22/junior-doctors-recall-harrowing-aftermath-manchester-arena-bombing?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other As David Walker, the Bishop of Manchester, said this morning, those […]

Barcelona

In Es Castell, today, at 12:00 a number of us gathered with the leaders of the Ajuntamiento to observe a minute of silence for the victims of the attack in Barcelona yesterday. I know that there are many who feel anger, but I can only feel deep sadness. I watched the ferry from Barcelona arrive […]

Theme for the Week – 24 July 2016

Scripture for this Sunday: Hosea 1:2-10 (the naming of Hosea’s children); Psalm 85; Colossians 2:6-19; Luke 11:1-13 (Jesus teaches his disciples about prayer).  It might seem rather flippant to ponder what happens when, for example, the football teams of Argentina and Uruguay meet, and large portions of the population of each country pray for their team […]

John Donne and Hope

Hope lies in understanding the full implications of being in the presence of God – not just God’s close, personal intimacy, nor God’s compassionate healing, nor God’s generous and abundant sustenance and feeding, but the awful power of forgiving love that brings discord into harmony. John Donne wrote: Bring us, O Lord God, at our […]

Prayer for a new day

O God, early in the morning I cry to You Help me to pray And to concentrate my thoughts on You; I cannot do this alone. In me there is darkness, But with You there is light; I am lonely, but You do not leave me; I am feeble in heart, but with You there […]

George Herbert

On 27 February, the church remembers George Herbert, an English priest of the early seventeenth century — and a poet who taught his verse to “rise harmoniously” on the wings of prayer. Born in 1593, he became a young man of brilliant promise, high-minded and proud — especially in his religion. He was convinced that […]

The Courage Of Mercy

A Reflection by Brother Alois of Taizé – December 2015 Throughout the year 2015, at Taizé, we looked for ways to get involved in new solidarities; these are so urgent today. Across the earth, new forms of distress – migratory, ecological and social – are a challenge for believers of different religions and for non-believers […]

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