Thought for the Week

February 28, 2021

The Second Sunday in Lent

A week ago I didn’t know that Evagrius Ponticus ever existed. However in conversation this week with Westfield House Tutor, Rev. Dr Boris Gunjević, I learnt of him (a Desert Father of the 4th century) and was intrigued. (I also was rather excited to learn something new while sighing at the same time about how […]

February 21, 2021

The First Sunday in Lent

That there is violence in our world is incontestable – whether it is fang and claw, or a push and a punch in the playground, or a fist, knife or gun in the home or street, or countries at war. I know our words can be violent and social media seems to amplify the vitriol, […]

February 14, 2021

The Transfiguration of Jesus

I don’t know whether Jesus meant to be seen transfigured. Matthew and Mark suggest thatJesus did intend for the disciples to see him. Luke gives us a little more detail – about thempraying and the rousing from sleep – and in my imagination I see the scene as the disciplesspotting Jesus ‘shining’ as he prayed […]

February 7, 2021

The 5th Sunday after The Epiphany

I find that often I don’t mind wearing a face mask. It keeps my face warm! I know I don’t wear it all the time when I work and trying to speak clearly through it takes a bit extra concentration but the thing that I find the hardest to process is smiling. Behind the mask, […]

January 31, 2021

The 4th Sunday after The Epiphany

I had to laugh at my liturgical faux pas. I didn’t mention it at the time. (It means I can mention it now! 😉 ) But it also gives a glimpse into what is important. Last Sunday I accidentally took the ‘wrong’ (as in colour) vestments to church. I suppose I could have changed the […]

January 24, 2021

St Timothy, Pastor and Confessor

I still get confused by social media in particular but by a lot of communication these days and my thinking is when I see a post or a tweet or Facebook – who is speaking? Is it the person personally or if they hold a position or an office, is it the position or office? […]

January 17, 2021

The 2nd Sunday after The Epiphany

The topic of free speech was raised and I found myself saying that there was no such thing! Not really. For Christians, all our speech is to be truthful and in love. (And that isn’t meant to be an excuse for a full tirade of faults said ‘because I love you really’ and ‘it is […]

January 10, 2021

The Baptism of Our Lord

The ELCE held its second Reading Day yesterday. It was a good day – and thank you to Sara and those from many (11) ELCE congregations who read, listened, questioned, clarified, and wanted to understand what the ELCE is becoming. (And we haven’t yet got to what the name of the church will be. Will […]

January 3, 2021

The Festival of The Epiphany

If you have rules, you will always have those who work to get around them. “Did God actually say …?” sort of thing (Genesis 3:1) seems always to have been a part of us where we will do what we want irrespective of what others might say – if we want to do it enough. […]

December 27, 2020

The First Sunday After Christmas

The mention of the death of her parents made me pause. I check the ‘twittersphere’ every second day or so. I don’t know the algorithm of why people whom I don’t follow come into view but this one made me pause as she (a stranger to me) announced that her father had just died (yesterday) […]

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