Thought for the Week

December 3, 2017

First Sunday in Advent

Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming from tender stem hath sprung! Of Jesse’s lineage coming, as men of old have sung. It came, a floweret bright, amid the cold of winter, When half spent was the night. This advent hymn was first printed in 1582 in Gebetbuchlein des Frater Conradus in Trier, Germany as “Es […]

November 26, 2017

The Last Sunday of the Church Year

I know that my Redeemer lives; What comfort this sweet sentence gives! He lives, He lives, who once was dead; He lives, my ever living Head. One of the hymns I remember singing during this time of the year is “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.” It is a suggested hymn for the last Sunday […]

November 19, 2017

The Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

O God, our help in ages past, Our hope for years to come, Our shelter from the stormy blast, And our eternal home.   Since Pastor George is away I’ve been left in charge of getting the bulletin ready.  I decided to work with one of my strengths and share some information that I found […]

November 12, 2017

The Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

At yesterday’s Remembrance Day ceremony at Mildenhall there is a brief moment for a comment or reflection. Usually this is to the school children present but yesterday was Saturday. The comment is to be brief – one point – somewhere between one and two minutes. I like that the traditional reading is the Beatitudes (Matthew […]

November 5, 2017

Observing All Saints Day

Sitting in Westminster Abbey for the 500th anniversary service of the Reformation I was close to the lectern on my right and could see the dignitaries next to the pulpit but to see the altar I needed to look at a monitor to my left. It meant that I listened (!) but I was turning […]

October 22, 2017

The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

It was a good week attending the Churches Together in England’s ‘Responding to the Reformation’ Conference representing the ELCE and then on Thursday attending a meeting of Lancashire Church Leaders and speaking at their service of commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in Blackburn Cathedral. The other main speaker at Blackburn was Fr […]

October 15, 2017

The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

There is a new issue of The British Lutheran out. Finally. It has been the one ELCE task I do that gets ‘put off’ the most. While it is important, it often misses out because it is not urgent (and it is considerably time consuming). When I offered to re-launch the magazine in 2005, I […]

October 8, 2017

The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

By the time you read next week’s ‘blurb’ my grandson will be born and probably be at home surrounded by his family and his Nanna. (Yes, Charlotte will be there – of course!) I write this trusting God that all will go well for the birth which is a natural process but not without its […]

October 1, 2017

The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Last week I wrote ‘You don’t come home all jolly and happy from a visit of battlefields …’ and you might be expecting me to begin similarly having just come home the ELCE’s synodical convention! That’s the caricature often isn’t it? That church meetings are long and tedious and synodical conventions – at any level […]

September 24, 2017

The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentacost

You don’t come home all jolly and happy from a visit of battlefields, museums, and cemeteries or walking through towns and country sides that are rebuilt yet have scars for those who look closely. We stayed at Talbot House in Poperinge (Belgium) precisely because its World War 1 links and so we were immersed in […]

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