Thought for the Week

May 16, 2020

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

I conducted two memorial services on VE Day. The afternoon service was three of us – myself, the wreath bearer, and the piper all very physically distanced. Yes, those in the houses nearby came out and watched and pedestrians slowed, stopped and watched – again people stayed apart from each other – and even the […]

May 10, 2020

The Fifth Sunday in Easter

Language is important. We are told to mean what we say and say what we mean! This is important in public health or emergency situations where messages need to be delivered succinctly, accurately, and often. Oh, and they have to be true. People then assess the risk and make judgements about what they do. Behind […]

May 3, 2020

The 4th Sunday of Easter

The one and the many are constant themes and references at the moment. Families used to going shopping together are now represented by one person. Businesses have adapted to working from home where possible but often there is someone still having to go into the place of work. Large companies with various departments may be […]

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 […]

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