Candlemas Sunday – 4 February 2018

Luke 2.22 – 32 Today, Candlemas marks the end of the Christmas season, and is a transitional point before we move into the season of Lent. We tend to think that only Christmas is the season of light when we light up our homes and our streets with festive lights, reminding us that the joy […]

Epiphany Sunday – 7 January 2018

Isaiah 60.1 – 9; Matthew 2.1 – 12 Today we remember the story of magi who came from afar bearing gifts for the newborn king. There’s a wonder and strangeness about these wanderers, led to Jesus, from the distant East, by a star. Strange because, why did they set out on this hazardous journey based […]

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 […]