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Theme for the Third Sunday of Advent

Scripture for the Third Sunday of Advent: Zephaniah 3:14–20; Canticle: Isaiah 12:2–6; Philippians 4:4–7; Luke 3:7–18   Reminiscing is a natural thing to do. We do it when we’re young – when, as young adults, we become aware that we’ve left our childhood behind. We do it when we get older – grieving the passing of […]

Theme for the Second Sunday of Advent

Scripture for the day: Malachi 3:1–4; Benedictus (as Canticle); Philippians 1:3–11; Luke 3:1–6 Luke’s gospel announces the imminent arrival of Jesus with words echoing the prophets, whose language is often vivid, strident and striking. Sometimes it is not easy to discern the strain of peace in scripture; there is plenty of violence within the Old Testament, […]

Theme for the first Sunday in Advent

The first Sunday of Advent, courtesy of the Very Rev. Michael Higgins. WORSHIP IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH At Christmas and Easter we celebrate the two key events of our faith. Together they form the twin foundations of our trust in Jesus Christ. It is therefore hardly surprising that both are preceded by times of […]

Theme for the Week – 15 November 2015

Scripture for this Sunday: Daniel 12:1–3; Psalm 16; Hebrews 10:11–14, 19–25; Mark 13:1–8 The problem with terrorist attacks is that they succeed. They succeed in causing shock and terror, or at least fear. Even expressions of defiance against terrorism, or expressions of determination not to be terrorised, are framed with the fear that is their […]

Theme for the Week – 1 November 2015 – All Saints

Scripture for All Saints Sunday: Isaiah 25.6-9; Ps 24:1–6; Revelation 21:1–6a; John 11:32–44 (part of the raising of Lazarus by Jesus) All Saints’ Day is an occasion to commemorate and celebrate the lives of those who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the Christian faith. Yet it begs a question: what makes a saint? More broadly, […]

Theme for the Week – 25 October 2015

Scripture for the week: Job 42:1-6, 10-17 (the conclusion of Job’s story); Psalm 34:1-8; Hebrews 7:23-28; Mark 10:46-52 (the healing of Bartimaeus, a blind beggar) Perhaps it might seem important only to biblical “anoraks,” or pedants, but the healing of blind Bartimaeus is in the wrong place in the gospel of Mark – who otherwise has […]

Theme for the Week – 11 October 2015

Scripture for this Sunday: Job 23:1-9, 16-17; Psalm 22:1-15; Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10:17-31   Sharing burdens with others lightens our own load. To unburden ourselves to one another demands trust – which has to be carefully built, and is easily destroyed. There is One whom we can trust implicitly, who will always respect confidence. All we […]

Theme for the Week – 4 October 2015

Celebrating Harvest Thanksgiving  Readings for this Sunday: Joel 2:21-27; Psalm 126; 1 Timothy 6:6-10; Matthew 6:25-33  Jesus told his followers to “Consider the lilies of the field …”  Which is a good thing to do in terms of their life cycle. One aspect of lilies is that they only spend a part of their life […]

Theme for the Week – 20 September 2015

Scripture for this Sunday: Proverbs 31:10-31; Psalm 1; James 3:13-4:3, 7, 8a; Mark 9:30-37 I have discovered that to learn to speak Spanish means being willing to take a risk: to ask questions that might be perceived as silly; to make mistakes and have to be corrected.  To speak up and ask for clarification, to speak […]

Theme for the Week – 13 September 2015

Scripture for this Sunday: Proverbs 1:20-33; Wisdom of Solomon 7:26-8:1 (Canticle); James 3:1-12; Mark 8:27-38 In 1966, John Lennon caused a lot of trouble with an out-of-context remark that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus. If he had waited 20-30 years, and used words like “postmodernism,” or “rampant secularism and the decline of the church,” it […]

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