Thought for the Week

September 1, 2019

The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

“C’mon, God!” I was leaning over my desk and opening the window blinds. I wanted to open the side windows. I hadn’t done this for a while but the bee –and I’m talking a Hercules plane type bee, a low buzzing bee, flying around my study –wasn’t obeying me when I told it that the […]

August 25, 2019

The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

I’m back on the Moon. Well, it is still the 50thanniversary year since the moon landing and those momentous words, ‘It’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind’. I have the Apollo 8 ‘Earthrise’ picture pinned above my desk to help me, I say, remember some perspective. But instead of gazing […]

August 18, 2019

The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

The cursor keeps flickering and I’m not sure what to write. I write words. You read them. What happens between us? To a degree very little unless you contact me about what you’ve read (or I see you reading the front page of the bulletin). However my words have begun a conver-sation, maybe opened a […]

August 11, 2019

The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Ron looked at the old book in his hand. He’d had it for nearly fifty years and the hard cover was curled and frayed on the corners. The cloth that covered the spine had come away on one side exposing the pages knitted together with glue and thread. He had long suspected that books weren’t […]

August 4, 2019

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Do you trust ‘the system’ or do you expect that things will go awry and plan for it? I am no longer fussed about being caught in traffic as much as I was decades ago. There is little I can do about traffic jams – as I and Good Shepherd found out on Sunday. But […]

July 21, 2019

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Is it the most iconic moment of the 20th century? I don’t know. But the Moon landing and walk-ing on the Moon certainly has got to be up there on any list that defines or describes the last century. (Having said that, I am also partial to the Apollo 8 mission and the first circumnavigation of […]

July 14, 2019

The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Rejection hurts. Everyone knows this. It doesn’t matter whether it is in a familial, romantic, school, work, sport setting rejection by a person or the group hurts. Psychology will talk about the neurological and physical experience being actually painful and very deep rooted in us be-cause we need others – our ‘tribe’ – and thus we […]

July 7, 2019

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

My father was one of thousands of Polish soldiers interned in Switzerland during World War 2 and who stayed there after the war (choosing not to return home because Communism ruled there). Our family knows little about this decade of his life and my sister who has done our family history wanted to follow up […]

June 30, 2019

The Third Sunday after Pentecost

I like the beach. I am not so much a ‘bobber’ or a ‘baker’ – bobbing in the water or (sun)baking on the sand are not high on my list of fun things to do – but I like swimming and body surfing (and maybe one day I’ll even learn how to get up on […]

June 16, 2019

The Holy Trinity

Here’s a random fact–there are 270 species of termites in Australia but only 8 species are of economic concern–ie. they’ll eat your house (says Dr Ken Walker, Senior Curator of Entomology at Museums Victoria on ABC’s Ockham’s Razor [19/5/19]). How do you know whether you’ve got a ‘bad’ one, well you identify it, and check […]

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