Archive | February, 2015

Readings for March 2015

Readings for the Sunday and Wednesday services during March 2015. 1 March – Lent 2 – also Saint David Genesis 17.1–7, 15–16; Psalm 22.23–31; Romans 4.13–25; Mark 8.31–38 4 March Jeremiah 18.18-20; Psalm 31.4-5,14-18; Matthew 20.17-28 8 March – Lent 3 Exodus 20.1–17; Psalm 19.7–14; 1 Corinthians 1.18–25; John 2.13–22 11 March Exodus 17.1-7; Psalm 95.1-2,6-11; John 4.5-42 15 March […]

Theme for the Week – 22 February 2015

First Sunday of Lent Scripture: Genesis 9.8–17 Psalm 25.1–9 1 Peter 3.18–22 Mark 1.9–15 The season of Lent invites us to join Jesus in the wilderness. To do so, we have to understand what this means. Wilderness, in modern parlance, can mean many things – in extreme cases, people face trials and are confronted with […]

Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent

Ash Wednesday is about new beginnings. It is about repentance (literally “changing direction”).  It is about returning to God and away from the separation that leads to sin and death. It embraces both judgement and grace – grace that offers forgiveness. There is judgement in saying “we all fall short of the glory of God.” There is […]

JaFfA – February 2015

The JaFfA Club meets monthly at Santa Margarita, with a different theme each month.  In February, anticipating Valentine’s Day, the theme was “Love,” with the Apostle Paul’s famous writing on love to the Corinthian church (1 Cor. 13) as a background.    

Theme for the Week – 15 February 2015

Scripture for this week: 2 Kings 2.1–12; Psalm 50.1–6; 2 Corinthians 4.3–6; Mark 9.2–9 Fear and risk are prevalent in our world, and emphasised by the media. How do we deal with this? How do we transcend our primitive instincts that generate fear? All too often, we lump people into groups, label them, presume to […]

The Pilgrim’s Progress

The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan  Study for Lent 2015 at Santa Margarita Wednesdays during Lent (or Thursdays, on request) Starting 25 February, 13:00 (or 19 February, if requested) Wednesdays: 25 February; 4, 11 & 18 March Thursdays: 19 & 26 February; 5, 12 & 19 March  Simple soup lunch and discussion. (Please note that it is […]

The Season of Lent 2015

40 days to Easter … … plus Sundays! Lent Derived from the old English word for “lengthen” (as do the days in spring), Lent is the 40-day period of prayer, penitence and pondering before Easter. Starting on Ash Wednesday, the seventh Wednesday before Easter, it commemorates Christ’s period of deprivation and sacrifice in the desert […]

Ash Wednesday in Menorca

Imposition of Ashes around Menorca 18 February 2015 “Ashes to Go” has become a way of offering the traditional service of imposition of ashes, to mark the beginning of Lent at Ash Wednesday.  A simple service of imposition of ashes is taken to people on the street, or where they live, outside the church.  This year, […]

Theme for the Week – 8 February 2015

Scripture for the second Sunday before Lent: Proverbs 8.1, 22–31; Psalm 104.26–37; Colossians 1.15–20; John 1.1–14 “In the beginning was the Word.” The famous prologue to John’s gospel connects Christ to the very process of creation in God. It intertwines the divinity of God and the humanity of Jesus. It connects stories of human struggle […]

Obituary – Marcus Borg

In The Church Times, Canon Adrian Alker writes: PROFESSOR Marcus Borg, who died on 21 January, aged 72, was Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University until he retired in 2007. He taught students there for 28 years, and wrote or co-wrote 21 books. He lectured at so many churches, conferences, […]

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