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Theme for the Week: 11 February 2018

Scripture for this Sunday (last after Epiphany, Transfiguration):  2 Kings 2:1-12; Psalm 50:1-6; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9 ITV recently had a feature on Britain’s 100 favourite walks.  Of the top 20, most were connected in some way with hills and mountains.  The most popular was Helvellyn in the Lake District.  Why do people like […]

Theme for the week: 4 February 2018

Scripture for Sunday, 4 February (Epiphany 5):  Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147:1-12, 21C; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39 The past week was the occasion of the Synod (annual meeting) of the Archdeaconry of Gibraltar.  More than 120 of us, clergy and laity, spent time with two bishops and our archdeacon to focus on the way in […]

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 […]

Themes for Advent 2017

First Sunday of Advent Scripture: Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-8; Philippians 1:1-11; Mark 13:24-37 The season of Advent is a time to look forward, in anticipation of receiving Christ, but also to carry forward an appreciation of what has gone before – the foundations upon which we build our future in faith.  The letter to the Philippians […]

Theme for 26 November 2017

Scripture for the Sunday of the Reign of Christ:  Ezekiel 34.11-16,20-24; Psalm 95.1-7; Ephesians 1.15-23; Matthew 25.31-46 Anyone who has come close to caring for domestic animals (not just pets) knows that there is a burden of responsibility to nurture and take care of them – a relationship of care that is much more than […]

Theme for 19 November 2017

Scripture for this Sunday:  Zephaniah 1.7,12-18; Psalm 90.1-8,12; 1 Thessalonians 5.1-11; Matthew 25.14-30 One of the mysteries of our scripture seems to be that there are times when it is possible to interpret it in more than one way – and each may be right!  Today’s parable of the talents is a particularly challenging example. […]

Theme for 12 November 2017

Scripture for this Sunday:  Wisdom 6.12-16; Canticle (Wisdom 6.17-20); 1 Thessalonians 4.13-18; Matthew 25.1-13 There’s an episode of Midsomer Murders in which a character played by Maureen Lippmann says, “The only thing that is certain about life is that it will end in death.”  How we approach this inevitability illuminates how we live our lives. […]

Theme for 5 November 2017 – All Saints

Scripture for All Saints Sunday:  Revelation 7.9-17; Psalm 34.1-10, 22; 1 John 3.1-3; Matthew 5.1-12 In the course of the past week we have celebrated the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, Halloween, All Saints and All Souls. The Reformation shone a light into some dark areas of the church at the […]

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 […]

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