It’s all about hands. As the story we’ve been exploring draws to it’s inevitable and terrible, yet glorious conclusion it becomes all about hands. We see the hands that, as the chorus says ‘flung stars into space’ have been made flesh and are now the hands of a servent. Hands that tie an apron around… Continue reading Holy Week 4: Maundy Thursday.
For a people who are encouraged by scripture not to stand in judgement over others we in the Church have somehow managed to get really good at it haven’t we. We look at what others do, especially those in other Churches, traditions or demoninations and we call them on all sorts of things that they… Continue reading Holy Week 3: Matthew 26:6-13
When looking at this series through Holy Week it is difficult to glean a nice western 21st century historical time-line through the last week of Christ’s life, as we might wish to. Aside from the way the gospel writers liked to move events around their own accounts in-order to emphasise different facets of Jesus’ teaching… Continue reading Holy Week 2: Matthew 23:1-11
So we are gathered here today as many of us do each year to receive ashes. Perhaps we should to be dressed in sackcloth as well. I’ve said before that while I find this a very moving service I have had pause to question what it’s purpose is, in the light of Easter. Surely the… Continue reading Ash Wednesday 2014
Reading: Matthew 3:13-17 I don’t remember my baptism. I was just under a year old when it took place on 20th June 1976. I know the date because for reasons it has never been clear to me, my parents, still together at that time, chose my mum’s 37th birthday as the day to get me… Continue reading Baptism & Covenant
The first time I met Effie Osmond, who many of you will remember as a stalwart of our Church community, former post-mistress and a character in the finest of English traditions, I visited her in hospital. I was new to this wonderful parish and I entered with some trepidation, Effie’s reputation cut quite a wake… Continue reading Who, Who are you, ahhhh
The subject of remembrance can be a tricky one for Christians. I mean how do we tread that fine line between remembering the sacrifice of so many young men and women but not glorifying the wars they fought in. I find the annual Remembrance Service is very important to me personally, When I was a… Continue reading We will remember