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Theme for 29 October 2017

Scripture for Sunday, 29 October:  Deuteronomy 34.1-12; Psalm 90.1-6,13-17; 1 Thessalonians 2.1-8; Matthew 22.34-45 “Love God and love your neighbour as yourself,” said Jesus.  It sounds simple enough.  Yet our record is rather patchy at best.  As for what it means to love God – well there are many ways in which people have tried […]

Theme for 22 October 2017

Scripture for this Sunday: Exodus 33.12-23; Psalm 99; 1 Thessalonians 1.1-10; Matthew 22.15-22 (Give to the Emperor what is the Emperor’s) In one of Winnie-the-Pooh’s escapades (in The House at Pooh Corner), a pit is dug to set a trap for a Heffalump and baited with Pooh’s honey.  Pooh becomes anxious about his honey, falls […]

Theme for 15 October 2017

Scripture for Sunday, 15 October:  Exodus 32.1-14; Psalm 106.1-6; Philippians 4.1-9; Matthew 22.1-14 There’s a sequence in the comedy (Little Grimley’s Strictly Sex Factor On Ice) recently performed by the Menorca Charity Players in which reference is made to an actress who needs a prompt on her opening line – a prompt which takes seven […]

Theme for 8 October 2017

Scripture for Sunday, 8 October: Exodus 20.1-4,7-9,12-20 (the ten commandments); Psalm 19.7-14; Philippians 3.4b-14; Matthew 21.33-46 (the parable of vineyard tenants who kill the owner’s son). One way of looking at the Ten Commandments is as a call for respect: respect for God, and respect for one another, something Jesus captured in his summary of […]

Theme for 1 October 2017 – Harvest Festival

Readings for Sunday, 1 October (Harvest):  Deuteronomy 8.7-18; Psalm 65; 2 Corinthians 9.6-15; Luke 17.11-19 Urban and suburban western living leaves many people disconnected from the source of their basic needs, including food.  The idea of harvest is perhaps more easily understood in Menorca, where agriculture is more evident, and it is perhaps easier to […]

Theme for 24 September 2017 – Community & Judgement

Scripture for Sunday, 24 September 2017:  Exodus 16.2-15; Psalm 105.37-45; Philippians 1.21-30; Matthew 20.1-16 Modern culture tends to have an ambivalent attitude towards inequality in the economy.  We accept that circumstances may cause some to pay more than others for the same thing.  But when our sense of worth – which is intrinsically part of […]

Theme for 17 September 2017 – Community & Forgiving

Scripture for Sunday, 17 September 2017:  Exodus 14.19-30; Psalm 114; Romans 14.1-12; Matthew 18.21-35 Anyone who has experienced some sort of injury, such as a fractured bone, will know that the damage can be experienced on more than one level.  A bone can heal in a matter of weeks; other damage can take much longer […]

Theme for 10 September 2017 – Community & Reconciliation

Scripture for Sunday, 10 September:  Exodus 12.1-14; Psalm 149; Romans 13.8-14; Matthew 18.15-20 A well-used technique of Bible study is to immerse ourselves in passages in different roles. Readers of Jesus’ instructions for conflict resolution often place themselves in the role of members of the community, seeking to bring others to reconciliation.  But what happens […]

Theme for Sunday, 27 August 2017

Scripture for Sunday: Exodus 1.8-2.10; Psalm 124; Romans 12.1-8; Matthew 16.13-20 (“Who do you say that I am?”) Not everyone is happy with the names bestowed upon them by their parents.  This is probably related to the way in which our names and identities become intertwined.  My paternal grandfather, given three forenames, elected to use the […]

Theme for Sunday, 20 August 2017

Scripture for this Sunday: Genesis 45.1-15 (Joseph & his brothers); Psalm 133; Romans 11.1-2a,29-32; Matthew 15.21-28 (Jesus and the Canaanite woman) In the past months, there have been various images showing people (often women) standing up to the threat of violence – images that show people brave enough not to stand down when confronted with power; images that […]

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