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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 […]

Father, forgive them …

A reflection on words of forgiving from the cross …  Luke 23:33-35 When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And […]

Readings for March 2018

Readings for the main services of worship on Sunday & Wednesday during March. 4 March – Lent 3 Exodus 20.1-17; Psalm 19.7-14; 1 Corinthians 1.18-25; John 2.13-22 7 March – Perpetua & her companions, martyrs Hebrews 10.32-39; Psalm 124; Matthew 24.9-14 11 March – Lent 4 & Mothering Sunday Numbers 21.4-9; Psalm 107.1-9; Ephesians 2.1-10; […]

Lent 2018: Living God’s Love

Week 1 – 21 February To Live Your Love With Generosity Bible Study: Luke 14.2-9; Matthew 20.1-16; 2 Corinthians 9.6-15 Week 2 – 28 February To Live Your Love With Joy Bible Study: Luke 15; John 16.16-24; 1 Thessalonians 5.16-21 Week 3 – 7 March To Live Your Love With Imagination Bible Study: Exodus 35.30-35; […]

Theme for the week: 28 January 2018

Scripture for Sunday, 28 January (observance of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple):  Malachi 3.1–5; Psalm 24. 1–10; Hebrews 2.14–18; Luke 2.22–40 A question that I heard asked this week was this: would Jesus have gone to the World Economic Forum at Davos?  There are apparently those who think that he would have avoided […]

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