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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 […]

Theme for 6 May 2018

Scripture for the sixth Sunday of Easter:  Acts 10.44-48; Psalm 98; 1 John 5.1-6; John 15.9-17 There’s a song that says, “They will know we are Christians by our love.” How do people recognise us as Christians today?  There are so many negative stereotypes that attract publicity and attention that we might wonder whether the constructive ways […]

Theme for 29 April 2018

Scripture for Sunday, 29 April:  Acts 8:26–40; Psalm 22:25–31; 1 John 4:7–21; John 15:1–8 As human beings, we seem to crave certainty. It’s rather an illusion: the more we learn about the universe, the more we discover that there is to learn; the more we know of life as we grow older, the more we discover that […]

Theme for 22 April 2018

Scripture for “Good Shepherd Sunday:” Acts 4.5–12; Psalm 23; 1 John 3.16–24; John 10.11–18 We live in a predominantly urban environment, even in Menorca, which means that some of the finer points of the agricultural parables and analogies of Jesus are lost on us. Having recently watched sheep on the hillsides of Mallorca for several […]

Theme for 15 April 2018

Scripture for the third Sunday of Easter: Acts 3.12–19; Psalm 4; 1 John 3.1–7; Luke 24.36b–48 Most of us don’t face the challenge of proving that we are alive. It’s true that occasionally I’m asked to sign a form to verify that someone is still eligible to receive a pension. But most of us have not […]

Theme for 8 April 2018

Scripture for the second Sunday of Easter:  Acts 4.32–35 (apostles sell all and live in a community of mutual support); Psalm 133; 1 John 1.1—2.2 (John’s testimony of forgiveness and love); John 20.19–31 (Jesus’ encounter with Thomas) Let’s set aside (for a moment!) the temptation to dwell upon the similarity between the writing of Karl […]

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 […]

Theme for the Week – 25 February 2018

Scripture for the second Sunday of Lent:  Genesis 17.1–7, 15–16; Psalm 22.23–31; Romans 4.13–25; Mark 8.31–38 Anyone undertaking a serious walk should pay attention to their footwear.  It’s a good idea to know the kind of journey that lies ahead and to prepare properly.  The reason that we wear appropriate footwear is, of course, because […]

Theme for the Week: 18 February 2018

Scripture for this Sunday (first Sunday of Lent): Genesis 9.8–17; Psalm 25.1–9; 1 Peter 3.18–22; Mark 1.9–15 I do remember once going off for a walk on my own on a mountain near our home in British Columbia.  There were trails marked on the mountain, but if one was not paying close attention, it was […]

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