Thought for the Week

February 10, 2019

The 5th Sunday after The Epiphany

It was on a bookmark. The word attracted me. HO’OPONOPONO. I’d never seen it before and it took me a few seconds to say it out loud – to hear it – and I’ve no idea whether I’ve said it correctly. I’m assuming it is a Hawaiian word because I read that it is a […]

February 3, 2019

The 4th Sunday after The Epiphany

At the Barnes Conference this week, I heard a little Anselm of Canterbury (courtesy of the Treasury of Daily Prayer). Christian soul, soul raised from sad death, soul redeemed from miserable slavery and set free by the blood of God: rouse your mind, dwell upon your resurrection from the dead, and ponder well the history […]

January 13, 2019

The Baptism of our Lord

If you don’t care, why should I? I was driving and saw something fall from her jacket pocket. Two girls were walking towards me on the footpath chatting, hands in and out of pockets, holding phones. I figured they were about maybe 12 or 13 years old. The afternoon weather was cold and bleak. I […]

January 6, 2019

The Festival of The Epiphany

With the new year comes new starts, new resolutions, new commitments, trying new things and so on. One suggestion I received for the new year – someone knows my study pretty well – was in an article I was sent about decluttering. In essence the article said that when I decluttered I would feel better […]

December 30, 2018

First Sunday of Christmas

It seems the volume is up on many people’s frustration or anger control. I am hearing lots of views about politics – Brexit – the EU – and, wider still, the global machinations of China, Russia, and the US. Everyone has a view and a villain. People have ‘solutions’ – or at least what they’d […]

December 16, 2018

Third Sunday of Advent

It seems the volume is up on many people’s frustration or anger control. I am hearing lots of views about politics – Brexit – the EU – and, wider still, the global machinations of China, Russia, and the US. Everyone has a view and a villain. People have ‘solutions’ – or at least what they’d […]

December 9, 2018

Second Sunday of Advent

The world is changing. I certainly noticed it with aspects of Australia. I expect to notice changes – probably much smaller ones – back here in the UK. But my reflection comes about more because I heard that the standards of measurement have changed. I suspect we don’t appreciate how vital they are because they […]

November 4, 2018

Observing All Saints Day

What songs should we sing at funerals? What lyrics capture best the situation of the dead and those grieving? Music and song so powerfully ‘reach’ us that, I imagine, they have always had a place in dealing with death – chords and concepts carry us along the emotional roller coaster; the words set out the […]

October 28, 2018

Observing The Reformation

In 2004, Tilly Smith, a 10 year old school girl on a holiday with her family in Thailand, having just learnt 3 weeks earlier about tsunamis in her Geography lesson, recognised the situation she was seeing – the sea draining away far beyond low tide and the water streaked with bubbles – and without asking […]

October 14, 2018

21st Sunday after Pentecost

I suppose I get to see a synodical convention from a rather different perspective than most folk. Together with ELCE Chairman Pastor Jon Ehlers, I sat at the table looking out at all the faces – delegates, other ELCE folk in attendance, visitors – church and civic, and the host congregation (many of whom were […]

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