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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 […]

Theme for Sunday, 5 August 2018

Scripture for this Sunday: 2 Samuel 11.26—12.13; Psalm 51.1–13; Ephesians 4.1–16; John 6.24–35 I discovered an interesting thing this week.  Much of the sweetcorn which is now consumed in great quantities in North America and elsewhere is a derivative of seed that was irradiated during the nuclear experiment at the Bikini Atoll in 1949.  Germination of […]

Theme for Sunday, 29 July 2018

Scripture for Sunday: 2 Samuel 11.1-15 (David & Bathsheba); John 6.1-21 (feeding 5000) God’s abundance is a challenge to us, and for us to make responsible use of it is tinged with the risk of abuse. Jesus is often referred to as the son of David and of David’s line, yet there is no moment of […]

Theme for Sunday, 22 July 2018 – Mary Magdalene

Scripture for the festival of Mary Magdalene, apostle and saint:  Song of Solomon 3.1-4; Psalm 42.1-10; 2 Corinthians 5.14-17; John 20.1-2,11-18 As we celebrate the festival of Mary Magdalene, we face an enigma.  There is much attached to her reputation by tradition which has little, if any, scriptural basis. But she wasn’t a prostitute, probably […]

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 […]

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