Archive | January, 2017

Theme for the Week – Candlemas – 29 January 2017

The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, observed on the closest Sunday.  Scripture for the occasion: Malachi 3:1-4; Psalm 24:7-10; Hebrews 2:14-18; Luke 2:22-40 Celebration of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, as described in Luke’s gospel, has a long history in the church, beginning in 350.  The origin of its association with candles is […]

The Five Marks of Mission: 4

Presentation by J Trevor Jones to the PCC of Santa Margarita at the meeting in November 2016.  The fourth Mark of Mission – to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation. This is far reaching. The more I think about all this, the bigger the concept […]

Theme for Baptism of Christ – observed 15 January 2017

Appointed scripture: Isaiah 42:1-9; Psalm 29; Acts 10:34-43; Matthew 3:13-17 Water has a great deal of power – witness the storm surge warnings for the coast of East Anglia this weekend. It has power of life, as well: without it we die. There is additional power for Christians, too: the spiritual power of the water […]

Theme for Epiphany – 8 January 2017

Scripture for Epiphany: Isaiah 60.1-6; Psalm 72.10-15; Ephesians 3.1-12; Matthew 2.1-12  When my parents went on a journey, my father would drive and my mother would navigate. This mostly worked well. Mostly. Occasionally, directions would get a little misplaced; sometimes maps were not quite true to reality. Once they found themselves driving across a field […]

Theme for the Week – 1 January 2017

1 January is the feast day in the church of the Circumcision & Naming of Jesus. Scripture for the day: Numbers 6.22-27; Psalm 8; Galatians 4.4-7; Luke 2.15-21 On the eighth day of Christmas, apart from maids a-milking, we turn our attention to Jesus’ life as part of an observant, Jewish family, and the ritual applied […]

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