Thought for the Week

December 13, 2020

The Third Sunday of Advent

I had my first flu vaccination this week. It was a simple procedure and deemed particularly prudent in these times. One doesn’t want to catch or transmit any virus! I was intrigued by the name – more a description – Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (split virion, inactivated) and yes, I had to look up some of […]

December 6, 2020

The Second Sunday of Advent

I did smile at the story of the confused koala up a tree – except this was a family Christmas tree inside the house! Apparently a 3-4 year old juvenile female koala had broken into the house and perched on the tree. I can imagine the surprise of the family when they found her. The […]

November 29, 2020

The First Sunday of Advent

Downstairs at home is still pretty much a building site as the repairs from the broken water pipe are being done. The tiling is part way done. (One more day to finish all the tiling and after that there is still lots of jobs to do to put ‘Humpty’ back together again.) But we can […]

November 22, 2020

The Last Sunday of the Church Year

I don’t think I am particularly melancholy. I say to myself I’m too busy for that! 🙂 But it is true that at liminal times – doorways – when we move through something – from outdoors to indoors, from the past to the future, we can be wistful, reflective, and there are parts of 2020 […]

November 15, 2020

The 24th Sunday after Pentecost

I have been listening to a devotional podcast since the ecumenical trip I went on to Israel in 2015. One of the Roman Catholic leaders shared it and I have remained a listener. I don’t mind hearing different perspectives on topics (the podcast is produced by the Jesuits) and there are times when I remember […]

November 8, 2020

The Festival of All Saints

Historian Tom Holland’s travelogue at Luther Tyndale’s Reformation Celebration on Friday night ( began with a journey from Soho to Brixton and asked the question, ‘Where are the angels?’. He said he didn’t have the answers. Meandering through history, literature, art, and personal experiences, Holland didn’t give us a ‘Reformation lecture’ per se but a […]

November 8, 2020

The 23rd Sunday after Pentecost

We need umpires to keep things going – in sport we need a quick decision so that the game can go on. Generally we accept the that competing tensions of fairness or playing by the rules, competitiveness, and a desire to win means we may not be as clear sighted as we think we are […]

October 25, 2020

The Festival of The Reformation

We’ve called it ‘living in the jet on the runway’ as the dehumidifiers dry out the house after the broken pipe. Yes, they’re loud. We were told that sometimes people turn the ‘daleks’ (my name for them) off when they go to sleep but we’d don’t really hear them upstairs and we’ve sort of migrated […]

October 4, 2020

The 18th Sunday after Pentecost

A Story (Continued) There were baked bean tins everywhere that had also been knocked over. Mum was trying to look after Sophie, right the trolley, and put things away all at the same time. The worst thing of all was that no one was helping her! People were either going back up the aisle or […]

September 27, 2020

The 17th Sunday after Pentecost

A Story Robert opened his diary and began writing. It was between the Corn Flakes and the Coco Pops when I first saw a Dark Angel. I’ll never forget it. I could tell that he was big and tall. He was dressed in dark blue jeans and he had black boots which had four buckles […]

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