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Theme for Sunday, 19 January 2020

Scripture for this Sunday (Epiphany 2): Isaiah 49.1–7; Psalm 40.1–12; 1 Corinthians 1.1–9; John 1.29–42 “What are you looking for?”  Jesus asks this question of two disciples of John the Baptist who approach him.  It’s a fundamentally important question for all followers of Jesus to address.   In his book, Freedom Is Coming, the Bishop of Leeds, Nick […]

Theme for Christmas Day 2019

I have an issue with one of the Christmas carols that we sing: Away in a Manger.  The problem? “No crying he makes.”  What?  Why not?  Was there something wrong with him?! I was present at the birth of my own child who no crying did make – and the paediatric cardiologist who fortunately happened to be […]

Theme for Advent 4, 22 December 2019

Scripture for this Sunday: Isaiah 7.10–16; Psalm 80.1–8; Romans 1.1–7; Matthew 1.18–25 There’s a lot of dreaming in the Bible.  Two men called Joseph have dreams that affect the future of their people.  One saves his people (and others) from famine; one nurtures a pregnant young woman and her child who saves all people from a spiritual […]

Theme for Advent 3, 15 December 2019

Scripture for this Sunday: Isaiah 35.1–10; Psalm 146.4-9; James 5.7–10; Matthew 11.2–11 Our Advent journey took in a special point of interest this week as we celebrated a diamond wedding anniversary.  It’s appropriate, really, because the third Sunday of Advent is about joy, and the anniversary is a joyful occasion.   A long-term marriage requires a certain degree […]

Theme for Sunday, 24 November 2019

Scripture for this Sunday (Reign of Christ, or Christ the King): Jeremiah 23.1-6; Psalm 46; Colossians 1.11-20; Luke 23.33-43 I thought that it was rather interesting that during a week when an English coal miner’s daughter emerged as perhaps a pivotal point in the downfall of an American president, a notable anniversary occurred: the 200th […]

Theme for Sunday, 17 November 2019

Scripture for this Sunday: Malachi 4.1-2a; Psalm 98; 2 Thessalonians 3.6-13; Luke 21.5-19 It is thirty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall.  Two months before, a series of protests had begun in the East German city of Leipzig – in a Lutheran church, and this triggered a series of events that culminated in the […]

Remembrance Sunday 2019

Two years ago the Canadian singer songwriter Lorena McKennitt wrote a song, The Breaking of the Sword. She was prompted to write the song, which imagines the feelings of loss and grief of a mother whose son had been lost in the Great War, after participating in the centenary commemorations of the Battle of Vimy […]

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