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Theme for Sunday, 15 July 2018

Scripture for this Sunday: 2 Samuel 6.1-5,12b-19 (David dances before the Ark of the Covenant); Psalm 24; Ephesians 1.3-14; Mark 6.14-29 (Herodias dances and John the Baptist is beheaded) Dancing figures prominently in the celebrations of our time, and has done so for centuries. Marriages, for example, which are celebrations of love, prominently feature dancing. Of […]

Theme for Sunday, 8 July 2018

Scripture for this Sunday: 2 Samuel 5.1-5,9-10; Psalm 48; 2 Corinthians 12.2-10; Mark 6.1-13. In many professions, or sports, it’s important to learn to fall before learning anything else: parachuting; martial arts; high jump, long jump, triple jump; skiing; to name but a few. Learning To Fall is the title of a book by Philip Simmons, an […]

Theme for Sunday, 1 July 2018

Scripture for this Sunday:  2 Samuel 1.1,17-27 (the demise of Saul); Psalm 130; 2 Corinthians 8.7-15; Mark 5.21-43 (healing of the woman with a haemorrhage and the daughter of Jairus, the synagogue leader). Last week I saw the action of the woman in the passage from Mark’s gospel described as ‘civil disobedience.’  Certainly, she broke […]

Theme for Sunday, 17 June 2018

Scripture for this week:  1 Samuel 15.34-16.13; Psalm 20; 2 Corinthians 5.6-10,14-17; Mark 4.26-34 Those who travel to California, especially its northern and coastal regions, will find that a lot of mustard grows wild. Apparently this has origins in the Balearic islands; in the eighteenth century, Father Junipero Serra, a Roman Catholic priest and missionary, scattered mustard […]

Theme for Sunday, 10 June 2018

Scripture for this week: 1 Samuel 8.4-11,16-20; Psalm 138; 2 Corinthians 4.13-5.1; Mark 3.20-35 It would have been all too convenient to read the words of warning of Samuel (about the risks of appointing an earthly king) to the people of Israel during a week when the Spanish civil government demonstrated that modern rulers are […]

Theme for Sunday, 3 June 2018

Scripture for the Sunday after Trinity:  1 Samuel 3.1-20 (the calling of Samuel); Psalm 139.1-5,12-18; 2 Corinthians 4.5-12; Mark 2.23-3.6 There is a saying, uttered by cynics: “No good deed goes unpunished.”  Readers of the new testament might well relate to this, pondering the fate of Jesus.  He seems to have been surrounded by a […]

Theme for Trinity Sunday 2018

Scripture for Trinity Sunday:  Isaiah 6.1-8; Psalm 29; Romans 8.12-17; John 3.1-17 On the sixth Trinity Sunday in Menorca … what is there to say anew about the way in which the Trinitarian God, present in creation, present in human being, present in empowering and inspiring spirit, helps us to relate to God and to […]

Theme for Pentecost 2018

Scripture for the Sunday of Pentecost this year:  Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 104:25-35, 37b; Acts 2:1-21; John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15 I recently saw an exchange of experiences about a British resident in Menorca who had been to see their doctor, whom they knew was able to speak English, but who told them to return with someone who […]

Theme for 13 May 2018

Scripture for the seventh Sunday of Easter (the Sunday after Ascension): Acts 1.15-17,21-26; Psalm 1; 1 John 5.9-13; John 17.6-19 There’s an old saying: be careful what you pray for; you just might get it. We are in the midst of 10 days of prayer: “Your kingdom come.”  The intent is to pray for more […]

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