Thought for the Week

October 6, 2013

The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

I am home from the 59th annual synodical convention of the ELCE (held the past two days in Sunderland). It was two days of meetings, worship, and wonderful hospitality from all the St Timothians; there were times of laughter and consensus, debate and confusion; sessions ran to time except for the financial discussions which ran […]

September 29, 2013

St Michael and All Angels

I believed him. I had no reason not to but it didn’t square with any experience I ever had then or now. I rarely remember the story, even less think about it and I’m not sure I should write about it. I was living in Adelaide – going to the seminary – visiting friends. When […]

September 22, 2013

10th Anniversary of the Congregation

When you’re 10 – first time you hit double figures, I’ll grant you – you’re still a child – grown up from babyhood but not an adult – and you haven’t even hit the fun years of being a teenager. A 10th birthday party is still games and fast food. A 10th wedding anniversary is […]

September 8, 2013

The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

afaik u understand this msg or r u rofl or confused? It is all another language. One I don’t know. I’m still more formal in texting (although I’ve been known to shorten ‘you’ to ‘u’ and ‘are’ to ‘r’ and ‘love you’ to ‘LU’) but it seems I’m learning. Nevertheless this is the first time […]

September 1, 2013

The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

The installation of Dr Cyndy Lumley as the Principal of Westfield House was a happy event yesterday. A little background … two points … Westfield House is the ELCE’s Theological House of Stud-ies. It began in 1962 and is in a rather special position these days by offering access, supervi-sion, and support to University of […]

August 25, 2013

The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

I’ve been doing a lot of driving recently. I’m used to the roads by and large, only grimace and growl quietly when I get stuck in traffic (not all that often but more than I’d like), and appreciate the time to listen to podcasts, pray, and ponder. My knowledge of geography has improved but I’m […]

August 18, 2013

The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

I conducted a wedding last weekend in Scotland. It was a happy occasion (the weather wasn’t raining!) and the bridal party looked splendid (lovely dresses and kilts). The service wasn’t con-ducted at St Columba (the ELCE’s congregation in Scotland) but in the King’s College Chapel at the University of Aberdeen which is a lovely chapel […]

August 11, 2013

The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

So Peter Capaldi is the new Doctor! (My apologies to those who are not into Science Fiction!) I’m impressed and pleased that he has the role – it is an iconic part – and the little I’ve seen him, I’ve been happy enough with his performances (the arm chair critic that I am). In fact […]

August 4, 2013

The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Our sister church in Coventry – Good Shepherd – is going through some tough times. They don’t have a pastor at the moment. (I’m their locum or ‘vacancy pastor’.) Their church building has so badly deteriorated – poor roofing and unstoppable water damage – that it is being demolished to ‘save’ the hall which they […]

July 28, 2013

The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

The first I heard of it was just as Bible Study was ending. It was a rather cryptic email congratulating me on my namesake! I put two and two together and checked the news. Ah, the ease of a smart phone. Yes, the royal baby is Prince George. Shortly afterwards, I received a similar text […]

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