Thought for the Week

September 5, 2021

The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

I was fascinated listening to – and marvelling – at a podcast about how neuroscience is trying to help people who suffer from such things as post traumatic stress disorder. Currently the chemistry used to help people affects all of the brain but if only the amygdala in the brain could be targeted or if […]

August 29, 2021

The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

We have resumed Ascension’s Bible Study and we tend to ‘scratch the itch’ in terms of the topics we study whether that be biblical, confessional, doctrinal, ethical, historical, or practical – what do people want to study, know about, talk about? I was asked to prepare something on the liturgy – its history and function […]

August 22, 2021

The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

What’s funny? A man walks into a bar. Ouch. (You were expecting something else?! 🙂 ) I have chuckled at the bulletin notice – sometimes seen on church noticeboards – ‘Don’t let worry kill you. Let the Church help.’ 🙂 No doubt we’ve heard that epistles are the wives of the apostles or about the […]

August 15, 2021

The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Last weekend wasn’t my ‘shining hour’ liturgy-wise. I presided at four Divine Services using three Settings. I could almost hear the advocates of only ever using the one liturgical setting smirking. It wasn’t that I did anything liturgically wrong, chanted a heresy or the like, but I was conscious that I occasionally stumbled over a […]

August 8, 2021

The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

The Sea Cadets have returned to their outdoor activities this week. I recorded Divisional Pray-ers for Facebook from Lake Lackford on Monday by putting the laptop on the roof of the car! Everything is very much the same – scenery, boats, flora and fauna, sails, rigging, my uniform, the message and prayers I said – […]

August 1, 2021

The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Are you watching The Olympics? Yes, they’re happening but I find I’m dipping in and out of them and catching up on the summaries, the little video clips, the news articles, and of course the medal tallies. As everyone is saying, ‘This is a different Olympics, that’s for sure’. But I did listen to the […]

July 25, 2021

The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

I’ve been thinking about how we live and what people draw on to make the decisions. We all draw on trust and knowledge of the world and they are the background to our decisions and our behaviour. Whether the trust is in a person or people or social systems or religion or phi-losophy – and […]

July 18, 2021

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

‘No restrictions on communal worship.’ That’s how the news broadcasts are describing the situation in England. And that is good news we’d all say! I’m waiting for the fine print from the GOV.UK website to know whether there are any caveats. We wait and see. In the meantime, however, is it true that there are […]

July 11, 2021

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

My devotion at yesterday’s Reading Day … The Lord be with you. [Read 1 Corinthians 12:31 – 13:13] This reading is found in the 3 year lectionary and in the one year lectionary so it must be worth hearing where Paul is writing to his fractious congregation – a former missionary pastor writing to people […]

July 4, 2021

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Ecclesiology. It means words about the ecclesia which is a group of people – in ancient Greece, it was about civics and politics, a group of citizens – and it is a word that has come to be used in the Church to describe the people of God and how they are Church and how […]

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