Thought for the Week

December 22, 2013

Fourth Sunday in Advent

I have become fond of the Methodists’ nativity set they put up in front of the pulpit in Ad-vent. Their church, their ‘toys’, their rules – I’ve no problem with – as we set up and take down our liturgical furnishings. But when I first saw their Nativity set (as I carried it away into […]

December 15, 2013

Third Sunday in Advent

We enjoyed our quick visit to Amsterdam this past week. Two images particularly struck me. I bought them – postcards – and have them in front of me as I write. The first is Otto Frank – the father of Anne Frank and the sole survivor of those in hiding who were arrested in August […]

December 8, 2013

Second Sunday in Advent

On Thursday I came home after spending the evening with the Sea Cadets out in Mildenhall as the town welcomed Santa and turned on the Christmas lights. I was dressed very warmly – the uniform’s wooly pully is thick and I was wearing thermals plus the outdoor all-weather coat. My wardrobe was necessary because Thursday […]

November 24, 2013

Last Sunday of the Church Year

Recently I came across some of the latest ideas regarding memory. Ever fearful of losing our memories, there is an increasing market for ‘memory training’ with supporters and sceptics on both sides. One view says that just being socially active keeps our brains ticking and memories forming and being recalled. The intriguing thing however is […]

November 17, 2013

The Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost

I had a round of meetings this week – the ELCE Pastors’ Conference, the clergy meeting be-tween the ELCE and the ‘other’ British Lutherans – the Lutheran Church in Great Britain, and the ELCE’s Executive Council. One item was mentioned, discussed and promoted at each of them – Lutheran Radio UK. (Yes, I think this […]

November 10, 2013

The Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Marriage is a hot topic today. It’s not going away. And yes, I mean both marriage and the controversy. The question to be asked – the starting point – is: what is marriage? The answers depend on who you’ve asked! The answers vary today and have done throughout history concerning monogamy, polygamy, age of married […]

November 3, 2013

Observing All Saints Day

In writing the sermon I thought of the idea that we are not isolated, independent. (No man is an island …) So I went hunting and found this meditation by John Donne who wrote it when ill. Perchance he for whom this bell tolls may be so ill, as that he knows not it tolls […]

October 27, 2013

The Festival of The Reformation

The topic of promises and oaths has been part of my world over the last few months. Invariably it has been to do with organisations such as the Sea Cadets, Guides, or Scouts which have oaths or promises in which God is mentioned and whether ‘God should remain’. There are a variety of issues to […]

October 20, 2013

The Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost

As you know, I’ve been doing lots of miles lately on the road. So I thought it interesting that recently it was in Mildenhall and then Beck Row (on the same trip) that I saw two near car accidents. In both cases the ‘offending’ drivers had no idea (it seemed to me) that they were […]

October 13, 2013

The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

You are not unfamiliar with uniforms. They are very much part of most of our lives one way or the other. To wear them, you have to be authorised to do so. They have both functional, infor-mational, and ceremonial qualities. Just looking at a uniform tells you considerable information about the wearer. That’s important to […]

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