Thought for the Week

May 1, 2020

The Festival of Pentecost

What is the message of that first Pentecost? What should we take away? From the many things to choose perhaps it is the conclusion of Peter’s sermon when asked by the crowds what they should do to be saved, he said, “Repent”. I’m reading ‘The Illumined Heart’ by Frederica Mathewes-Green and she has a chapter […]

April 26, 2020

The Third Sunday of Easter

I want to go back to school! Charlotte and I heard this week of the BBC’s initiative for children in its ‘lockdown learning scheme’. Having Sir David Attenborough teach Geography or Brian Cox Science or hear Jodie Whittaker (from Doctor Who) read stories or Sergio Aguero teach Spanish would be a blast. Anything to help […]

April 19, 2020

Second Sunday of Easter

I am physically at home more at the moment. My brain is not. People I drive to see now ‘come to me’ via Zoom or phone. Whatever demarcation that existed between work and home – often geography – has been blurred (irrevocably?). I am concerned about the ‘digital divide’ and rely on Royal Mail to […]

April 12, 2020

The Resurrection of Our Lord – Easter

The ‘new normal’ that is emerging is fascinating to contemplate. The talk in the shopping line queues and by neighbours calling out to each other from their front lawns and online is that the world just won’t go back to how we were at the beginning of 2020. Sure many things will resume and we’ll […]

April 5, 2020

Palm Sunday

A few weeks ago seems a long time ago. How are you faring? How is the ‘new normal’ working out for you? (I think we will not go back in many areas of living even when COVID-19 is gone.) So this story is a real long time ago – prehistoric almost 😉 – when we […]

March 29, 2020

The Fifth Sunday in Lent

Lord, I want COVID-19! Yes, give it to me right now! I want it so I can get it out of the way. Oh, Lord, … um, I don’t want to die … … … I’m not doubting the resurrection, mind you, it’s just that I’d rather live a bit longer – see the grandkids […]

March 22, 2020

The Fourth Sunday in Lent

Who has remembered Mothering Sunday (Mother’s Day) today? Well done you! Blessings to all mothers! I expect that this will be a Mothering Sunday to remember in the family history because of the difference to the past. In former times the 4th Sunday in Lent was a time when itinerant workers might return to services […]

March 15, 2020

The Third Sunday in Lent

“To talk about the coronavirus or not talk about the coronavirus?” That is the question! How do you feel? (About reading on! 😉 ) Is there are sense of exasperation? (“Oh no, not again! More fear mongering.) Is there a sense of relief almost? (“Finally the church is talking about what I’ve been thinking!”) Or […]

March 8, 2020

The Second Sunday in Lent

This Sunday we have Part 2 following on from last Sunday. We continue Martin Luther’s (1539) ‘Oratio, Meditatio, Tentatio’ and pick up with meditation. Enjoy! Second, you should meditate, not only in your heart but also outwardly, repeating and comparing the actual, literal words in the book, reading and rereading them with careful attention and […]

March 1, 2020

The First Sunday in Lent

This Sunday will be a first … a ‘blurb’ in two parts. Part 1 today and Part 2 next Sunday. It is material from Martin Luther in the Preface to the Wittenberg Edition of his German works, 1539, and is popularly known as ‘Oratio, Meditatio, Tentatio’ (usually translated as ‘Prayer, Meditation, Temptation’). It is material […]

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