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Theme for Sunday, 4 November 2018 – All Saints

Scripture for All Saints day:  Wisdom 3.1-9; Psalm 24.1–6; Revelation 21.1–6a; John 11.32–44 (Jesus raises Lazarus) What’s the opposite of love?  Some would say: hate.  Others would say: indifference.  Archbishop Michael Curry, of the Episcopal Church in the USA, suggested recently that the opposite of love is not hate, nor even indifference, but self-centredness. He […]

Theme for Sunday, 28 October 2018

Scripture for this Sunday (celebration of the Apostles Simon & Jude):  Isaiah 28.14-16; Psalm 119.89-96; Ephesians 2.19-22; John 15.17-27 There’s a ‘For Sale’ sign on the hotel Rocamar, in Mahón, which has been empty for years, and appears nowadays to be occupied solely by pigeons, rats and cockroaches.  Every time that I see it, I […]

Theme for Sunday, 21 October 2018

Scripture for this Sunday:  Job 38.1-7,34-41; Psalm 104.1-10,26,35c; Hebrews 5.1-10; Mark 10.35-45 What is the ultimate prayer?  A lady in hospital told me, some years ago, that it is, “Your will be done.” She was dying of congestive heart failure, and she knew it – so this was a bold statement of faith and vulnerability. In some […]

Theme for Sunday, 14 October 2018

Scripture for this Sunday:  Job 23:1-9, 16-17; Psalm 22:1-15; Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10:17-31 Some 25 years ago, well before I was ordained to the priesthood, I served as a lay assistant, a chalice bearer in an Episcopal church in California.  One Sunday, a young man – a teenager – came to the altar to receive […]

Theme for Harvest Thanksgiving – 7 October 2018

Scripture for Harvest Thanksgiving this year:  Joel 2.12-27; Psalm 126; 1 Timothy 6.6-10; Matthew 6.25-33 “Consider the lilies of the field …” Our culture apparently seeks to outdo the lilies and Solomon’s finery, because we buy a vast amount of clothing, of which much is never worn. In Britain, 235M items of clothing went to […]

Theme for Sunday, 9 September 2018

Scripture for this Sunday: Proverbs 22.1–2, 8, 9, 22, 23; Psalm 125; James 2.1–10, 14–17; Mark 7.24–37 When I was studying to become a priest, I watched the rector of the church where I was based as he conducted several weddings. He did an interesting thing with the father of the bride, who processed to end up […]

Theme for Sunday, 2 September 2018

Scripture for this Sunday:  Song of Solomon 2.8–13; Psalm 45.1–2, 6–9 ; James 1.17–27; Mark 7.1–8, 14, 15, 21–23 It was (and still is) fairly common for people from churches in the USA and Canada to make “missionary” trips to Mexico or other parts of Latin America.  Many of the people whom I have known […]

Theme for Sunday, 26 August 2018

Scripture for this Sunday: 1 Kings 8.22–30, 41–43; Psalm 84; Ephesians 6.10–20; John 6.56–69 There is a place in British Columbia of soaring mountains, river and lakes that bears a simple name: The Cathedral.  The name reflects the awe of those European settlers who encountered the place and their values.  ‘Cathedral’ conjures up ideas of spiritual […]

Theme for Sunday, 19 August 2018

Scripture for this Sunday: 1 Kings 2.10–12, 3.3–14; Psalm 111; Ephesians 5.15–20; John 6.51–58 A Jewish rabbi recently commented upon his observation of the way in which people behave with regard to reclining their airline seats – ranging from complete indifference to the person behind to careful consideration of the way in which others might be […]

Theme for Sunday, 12 August 2018

Scripture for this Sunday: 2 Samuel 18.5–9, 15, 31–33; Psalm 130; Ephesians 4.25—5.2; John 6.35, 41–51 Control.  It’s something that humans crave.  Perhaps it’s connected with anxiety arising from awareness of our mortality.  Craving for control causes much friction and unhappiness.  There’s a temptation, especially as we get older, to become increasingly frustrated when the world […]

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