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Theme for Sunday, 3 May 2020

Scripture for this Sunday: Acts 2.42–47; Psalm 23 (sung); 1 Peter 2.19–25*; John 10.1–10 * not used for online worship Earlier this week, the church remembered the 19th century poet, Christina Rossetti. One of her poems seems apposite for today: The Lambs of Grasmere, which describes shepherds feeding starving lambs using teapots, and which concludes […]

Theme for Sunday, 26 April 2020

Scripture for the third Sunday of Easter: Acts 2:14a, 36-41; Psalm 116:1-3, 10-17; 1 Peter 1:17-23; Luke 24:13-35 (the road to Emmaus) Shirley Raines is a lady who lives in LA, who for years has been feeding the homeless and has continued her efforts during the pandemic. When asked in an interview broadcast as part […]

Theme for Sunday, 19 April 2020

Scripture for the second Sunday of Easter: Acts 2.14a, 22-32; Psalm 16; John 20.19-31 “Now the doors of the house where the disciples—all of whom were Jews!—had met were locked…for fear of…the Jews. The Jews were hiding, for fear of the Jews. Let us all ponder that statement for a moment.”   It’s a jarringly simple […]

The Lambs of Grasmere, by Christina Rossetti (1860)

This poem was quoted in the sermon for Good Shepherd Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Easter, 3 May 2020 The upland flocks grew starved and thinned;Their shepherds scarce could feed the lambsWhose milkless mothers butted them,Or who were orphaned of their dams.The lambs athirst for mother’s milkFilled all the place with piteous sounds:Their mothers’ bones […]

Theme for Easter Sunday, 12 April 2020

Scripture for Easter Sunday: Acts 10.34–43; Matthew 28.1-10 There is a Jewish blessing, which is used whenever something is done or received for the first time during a year. Jesus would have known it.Called the Shehecheyanu blessing, it is a common Jewish prayer said to celebrate special occasions. It expresses gratitude for new and unusual […]

Theme for Easter Eve, 11 April 2020

Based upon Miriam’s story, a retelling of the Exodus from Egypt from the point of view of Moses’ sister. Miriam’s story retells the Exodus story, and God’s saving power, from her point of view. This is the Passover story – when God passed over the children of Israel while death was inflicted upon Egyptians, and […]

Theme for Palm Sunday, 5 April 2020

The Scripture for Palm Sunday is focused on the reading of the Passion Narrative (this year from Matthew 26.14-27.54). When we participate in the reading of the Passion narrative, we are invited to immerse ourselves in it sufficiently to ask ourselves the question: “What would I be doing in this situation?” As with many passages […]

Theme for Sunday, 22 March 2020

Scripture for the fourth Sunday of Lent (Mothering Sunday): 1 Samuel 1.20-28; Psalm 127 (sung); Colossians 3.12-17; John 19.25b-27 “You who are on the road / Must have a code that you can live by.” So wrote Graham Nash for the song Teach Your Children Well in 1968. We are all on the pilgrimage road […]

Theme for the first Sunday of Lent, 1 March 2020

Scripture for this Sunday: Genesis 2.15-17; 3.1-7; Psalm 32; Romans 5.12-19; Matthew 4.1-11 This year’s Lenten study series at Santa Margarita, based around parts of Les Miserables, deals with questions of sin, judgement, reconciliation and redemption, ostensibly through the lens of how human beings treat one another, and how they apply their faith in that […]

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