Thought for the Week

August 30, 2020

The 13th Sunday after Pentecost

‘Face to face’ used to mean being in the same room, talking to someone directly, seeing them and facing them as they face you. It was a reference to communication that wasn’t by phone, text, email, or letter. This week the ELCE pastors gathered for a meeting to discuss the Church Order document and it […]

August 16, 2020

The 11th Sunday after Pentecost

I enjoy teaching and the classroom and pretty much everything about it – preparations, planning, delivery, engaging with students but there is one thing I don’t enjoy. I do it, of course, professionally, critically, diligently but I find grading hard. I’m not so much talking about reading students’ work or listening to students, getting their […]

August 11, 2020

The 10th Sunday after Pentecost

Charlotte looked at the calendar and said, “You’re supposed to be away”. I had to think but yes, last year, I had organised to attend a camp with the Sea Cadets and a church meeting in Latvia. They had all been cancelled a long time ago. In fact there has been a lot of that […]

July 26, 2020

The 8th Sunday after Pentecost

I went comet hunting and was surprised to find and see Comet NEOWISE which was discovered four months ago. With cloud cover and light pollution, I wasn’t all that confident of spotting this new comet but we drove away from the villages onto farm roads, stopped the car, worked out where to look, and waited […]

July 19, 2020

The 7th Sunday after Pentecost

I very much enjoyed visiting the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul over 10 years ago. It was fascinating to wander, look up, explore, peer, reflect, and take photos. I really liked one of my photos of the mosaic Christ Pantocrator both for the beauty of the mosaic and its visual message and for the sunlight at […]

July 12, 2020

The 6th Sunday after Pentecost

I am hearing quite a bit about missing things at the moment. Whether the trigger is a social media reminder of what we were doing years ago or thinking about our plans at the beginning of the year for July, this isn’t a usual July. We are missing the holidays; the graduation from kindy, primary […]

July 5, 2020

The 5th Sunday after Pentecost

I am hearing quite a bit about how the world may change because of COVID-19. How cities might be redesigned or repurposed so that work places and living spaces and amenities are much closer together. I hadn’t appreciated that the history behind the design of cities over the centuries had often been in response to […]

June 28, 2020

The 4th Sunday after Pentecost

My COVID-19 test came back negative. The NHS sent me both a text and an email to give me the news so I wouldn’t miss it. I wasn’t ill or worried as such because I took the test on the basis of an email rather than a high temperature or new continuous cough. I have […]

June 21, 2020

The 3rd Sunday after Pentecost

Each time you read the Bible, new things can be seen or thought about. New questions can arise from something previously known but now noticed. It is part of the dynamic work of the Holy Spirit. Often described as ‘I hadn’t noticed before’, I recently had a chat about the priests who became obedient to […]

June 7, 2020

The Holy Trinity

When you have a task to do, you want someone proficient – actually more than that, expert – in doing it. Whether it is plumbing, surgery, building your house, flying, fixing your car and so much more, you are looking for the knowledge and skill to assess and attend to the task at hand. The […]

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