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November 14, 2021

The 25th Sunday after Pentecost

Eric Bogle’s song ‘The Gift of the Years’ is about an old Aussie soldier returning to a ceme- tery in a foreign land, 75 years later, talking to his friend who had died. In the song, he says: And the country that you died for, mate, you would not know it now, The future that […]

November 7, 2021

Observing The Festival of All Saints

I was challenged this week, through the work of political philosopher Hannah Arendt, to con- sider hope as something that is negative to people because it is a fundamentally passive thing where one looks to the future for some sort of help and renders the person helpless and thus less inclined or even incapable of […]

October 31, 2021

The Festival of The Reformation

I didn’t see it coming and I didn’t even think about it but when I read a book review I realised that a new type of novel was coming out – the pandemic novel. I recalled the popular myth that the board game Monopoly grew out of the Great Depression which is partially true while […]

October 10, 2021

The 20th Sunday after Pentecost

Last week our grandson who turns 4 in a few days had a big smile on his face, in the photo, pointing to his green band aid on his arm. He got more ‘superpowers’ and he didn’t cry at all! Yes, he had another round of the childhood vaccinations we’ve all, no doubt, had. (They […]

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 […]

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