Remembrance Sunday 2017

Isaiah 25.1 – 9: Revelation 22.1 – 5 Today, on Remembrance Sunday, we remember the ending of the First World War and reflect with sadness and regret the loss of life in all the wars since then. It has been a hundred years since Passchendaele and the other battles of the First World War, but […]

All Saints Sunday 5 November 2017

Isaiah 65:17 – 25, Hebrews 11:29-12:2 What do you think of when you hear the word ‘saint’? It means ‘holy person’ but then what do we understand by this term? Does it mean someone who is regularly at prayer, a regular churchgoer who presents themselves in a pious way, a ‘holy wullie’ one might be […]

1st October 2017 – Harvest

Deuteronomy 8.6 – 11: Luke 12.13 – 21 Although I was brought up in a household that was not extravagant with money, as a twenty-something with a salary flowing into my bank account, I had to have a flash car, an account with Austin Reed and later my bite of the electronic Apple become an […]

3 September 2017 – Moses and the burning bush [Exodus 3.1 – 15]

I had a ‘burning bush’ experience some years ago. I was at a day retreat in East Berkshire and I went for a walk in the countryside. The path took me alongside paddocks for racehorses and rare breeds of sheep. Each field was manicured with neatly clipped hedges until I rounded a bend, and to […]

6 August 2017 Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord

Exodus 34:29 – 35 2 Corinthians 3.7 – 18 If you had attended a morning service today and heard Luke’s Gospel account of the transfiguration of Our Lord, you will know that when Jesus led the disciples up a mountain they dozed of presumably because of the exertion. When they wake they see the glorified […]

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Psalm 104: 23-35, 1 Corinthians 12.3b – 13, John 7.37 – 39 The Holy Spirit makes it possible for disciples of Christ to be who Jesus wants us to be, which is a light to the world. The Holy Spirit empowers us as individuals, and the Church as a body of disciples, to be this […]

Sunday, 3 April 2017

Psalm 30: Lamentations 3.19-33: Matthew 20.17-19, 29-34 The default language to describe God is often expressed in terms of God’s majesty, or God’s transcendence, or the all-powerful heavenly Father dwelling in ethereal realms. It seems God lives in a far-off place. God never seems close. The relational God, the God who made us in God’s […]

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Deuteronomy 6.4-9, 16-25, Luke 15:1-10 I am not giving up chocolate for Lent.  Good quality chocolate is an essential part of my diet so I shall continue to consume ‘Divine’ chocolate bars.  Chocolate, crisps and alcohol, are the favourite choices to give up at Lent, but we need to think beyond these easy choices.  Lent […]

Sunday, 3 April 2016

“A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his root.”(Isaiah 10-11) As we move into the Easter season and the new growth visible we think of our own faith in the resurrection and the challenges for us to examine our own lives our relationship with the […]