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Theme for Easter Sunday, 21 April 2019

Scripture for Easter Sunday: Isaiah 65.17–23; Psalm 118.1–2, 14–24; Acts 10.34–43; John 20.1–18 The gospel of John opens with the contrast between light and darkness and proceeds with a gathering gloom that threatens the light which Christ brings into the world.  The darkness gathers as Judas prepares to turn from the way of Jesus to pursue […]

Theme for Palm Sunday, 14 April 2019

Scripture for this Sunday: Palms: Luke 19.28–40; Psalm 118.1–2,19–24 Passion: Isaiah 50.4–9a; Psalm 31.9–16; Philippians 2.5–11; Luke 22.14-23.56 Palm Sunday, when we first process with palms to re-enact the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, and then find ourselves abruptly immersed in the reading of the Passion narrative, has traditionally been in many churches an occasion […]

Theme for Sunday, 7 April 2019

Scripture for this Sunday: Isaiah 43.16–21; Psalm 126; Philippians 3.4b–14; John 12.1–8 It is often instructive and enlightening to put ourselves in the place of the different characters in biblical situations.  This week, we have Martha, Mary, Judas and Jesus and other disciples at a nice little dinner party to celebrate the restoration of life to […]

Theme for Sunday, 31 March 2019

Scripture for this Sunday: Exodus 2.1-10; Psalm 127; Colossians 3.12-17; John 19.25b-27 We did something unusual on Mothering Sunday: we took a significant part of our worship to celebrate the life of a recently deceased lady who had been a devoted member of Santa Margarita, and we did so in the context of Mothering Sunday.   […]

Theme for Sunday, 18 November 2018

Scripture for this Sunday:  Daniel 12.1-3; Psalm 16; Hebrews 10.11-14,19-25; Mark 13.1-8 Anyone who has been associated with a church that has been demolished may have a little sympathy for those who heard the words of Jesus dismissing the impressive nature of the Temple in Jerusalem and rather blithely anticipating its destruction.  Anyone who has […]

Theme for Sunday, 4 November 2018 – All Saints

Scripture for All Saints day:  Wisdom 3.1-9; Psalm 24.1–6; Revelation 21.1–6a; John 11.32–44 (Jesus raises Lazarus) What’s the opposite of love?  Some would say: hate.  Others would say: indifference.  Archbishop Michael Curry, of the Episcopal Church in the USA, suggested recently that the opposite of love is not hate, nor even indifference, but self-centredness. He […]

Theme for Sunday, 28 October 2018

Scripture for this Sunday (celebration of the Apostles Simon & Jude):  Isaiah 28.14-16; Psalm 119.89-96; Ephesians 2.19-22; John 15.17-27 There’s a ‘For Sale’ sign on the hotel Rocamar, in Mahón, which has been empty for years, and appears nowadays to be occupied solely by pigeons, rats and cockroaches.  Every time that I see it, I […]

Theme for Sunday, 21 October 2018

Scripture for this Sunday:  Job 38.1-7,34-41; Psalm 104.1-10,26,35c; Hebrews 5.1-10; Mark 10.35-45 What is the ultimate prayer?  A lady in hospital told me, some years ago, that it is, “Your will be done.” She was dying of congestive heart failure, and she knew it – so this was a bold statement of faith and vulnerability. In some […]

Theme for Sunday, 14 October 2018

Scripture for this Sunday:  Job 23:1-9, 16-17; Psalm 22:1-15; Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10:17-31 Some 25 years ago, well before I was ordained to the priesthood, I served as a lay assistant, a chalice bearer in an Episcopal church in California.  One Sunday, a young man – a teenager – came to the altar to receive […]

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