Archive | August, 2014

Shaun the Sheep and Joseph

Shaun the sheep returned to Santa Margarita church on Sunday, 10 August. He had heard stories, passed down through many generations of the sheep-to-sheep communications network, that a flock of sheep had been tended by a group of brothers who had mistreated their younger brother. He wanted to know more about this story, and the […]


(This article is reproduced from the August issue of Roqueta, Menorca’s English language magazine.)  Recently, in the same week, I was privileged to meet two four-year-old girls, one called Grace and one called Clara, both of whom were visiting grandparents. Grace is at the stage of asking a lot of “Why?” questions. In fact, she seems […]

Theme for the Week – 10 August 2014

Scripture for the week: Genesis 37.1–4, 12–28 Psalm 105.1–10 Romans 10.5–15 Matthew 14.22–33 How many people nowadays know the origin of what has become a vernacular expression of unexpected accomplishment? The original walking on water was not about personal prowess at all, but about complete faith and trust in God, and utter submission to God’s […]

Jonah at JaFfA

JaFfA for August happened on Saturday, 3 August. We retold Jonah’ s story, complete with storm-tossed boat, jettisoned cargo and ultimately the despatch of Jonah to what seemed like a watery grave, until he was swallowed by a huge fish. To illustrate the story, we made paper fish, swallowing little Jonah.  The chaplain’s creative capabilities, […]

The Parable of the Old Man and the Young

by Wilfred Owen So Abram rose, and clave the wood, and went, And took the fire with him, and a knife. And as they sojourned both of them together, Isaac the first-born spake and said, My Father, Behold the preparations, fire and iron, But where the lamb for this burnt offering? Then Abram bound the […]

Theme for the Week – 3 August 2014

We fret about how much we have: God gives us more than enough.  This is the love and abundance of God. We can discern a common theme of struggle in all today’s scriptures (Genesis 32:22–31; Psalm 17:1–7, 16; Romans 9:1–5; Matthew 14:13–21). We see Jacob struggling to prepare himself for the encounter with his brother […]

Commemoration of the Centenary of the Start of WW1

On Monday, 4 August, it will be 100 years since the declaration that began the conflict of the Great War. At Santa Margarita, this will be commemorated on two occasions: with Morning Prayer, at 11:00, and with a form of Evening Prayer, at 17:00. The evening service, in particular, will reflect the contrast between darkness […]

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