Archive | December, 2014

The Passing of Time

This is a time to reflect about time and its passage. Time is an arbitrary thing. We mark it by measuring it. In effect we do that age-old thing of taking ownership of something by naming it. Otherwise, it’s a rather arbitrary thing. A day is a natural progression of the earth’s rotation; a year […]

Readings for January 2015

Here are the readings for Sunday and Wednesday worship during the month of January 2015. Readings for January 2014. 4 January – Epiphany Isaiah 60.1–6 Psalm 72. 1–15 Ephesians 3.1–12 Matthew 2.1–12 7 January 1 John 4.11–18 Psalm 72.1, 10–13 Mark 6.45–52 11 January – Epiphany 1 – Baptism of Christ Genesis 1.1–5 Psalm 29 […]

Theme for the Week – 28 December 2014

Scripture readings for this Sunday (Holy Innocents): Jeremiah 31:15–17; Psalm 124; 1 Corinthians 1:26–29; Matthew 2:13-18 Why does the vicar dislike singing Christmas songs during Advent? Well, actually he doesn’t! It all depends upon what the song says. Listening to the words shows that some are songs of anticipation, and really do fit within Advent […]

Christmas Day – a mess!

Christmas is a mess. Well, the story of Christmas is about a mess: messy childbirth, in messy circumstances, with messy people hanging about and visiting. And yet … Perhaps we need to remember that when life is a mess, that is exactly where Jesus came to meet us. In fact, God consistently comes to meet […]

Christmas Eve – the enigma of light

Physics is cool: the physics of light is an enigma, because light can have the properties of both waves and particles, and its behaviour as one or the other is unpredictable. So is the idea of God incarnate an enigma, divine power rendered into a defenceless child. Yet the light this child brings into the […]

Theme for the Week – 21 December 2014

The readings for the fourth Sunday of Advent: 2 Samuel 7:1–11, 16; Magnificat (Luke 1:46b-55); Romans 16:25–27; Luke 1:26–38 “How can this be?” Mary’s words are almost an intrinsic part of the human condition, which through faith we seek to answer. How can it be that an unwed girl accepts potential disgrace and shame – or […]

Christmas Raffle Results

These are the results of the Christmas Raffle draw, held on 14 December after the service of lessons and carols.  Tickets have been on sale since September, so there has been a lot of anticipation. Walking stick: Brian Rourke, 0046 Hand-made teddy bear: Tony Perkins, 0148 Decanter and bottle of whisky: employee of Bonnin Sanso, […]

Theme for the Week – 14 December 2014

Scripture for the third Sunday of Advent: Isaiah 61:1–4, 8–11; Psalm 126; 1 Thessalonians 5:16–24; John 1:6–8, 19–28 John the Baptist appears in John’s gospel in a rather more complex manner than in (for example) Mark’s gospel. John is certainly a prophetic figure in some ways, proclaiming a current reality and the consequences of unchanged action. […]

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