Thought for the Week

April 19, 2020

Second Sunday of Easter

I am physically at home more at the moment. My brain is not. People I drive to see now ‘come to me’ via Zoom or phone. Whatever demarcation that existed between work and home – often geography – has been blurred (irrevocably?). I am concerned about the ‘digital divide’ and rely on Royal Mail to […]

April 12, 2020

The Resurrection of Our Lord – Easter

The ‘new normal’ that is emerging is fascinating to contemplate. The talk in the shopping line queues and by neighbours calling out to each other from their front lawns and online is that the world just won’t go back to how we were at the beginning of 2020. Sure many things will resume and we’ll […]

April 5, 2020

Palm Sunday

A few weeks ago seems a long time ago. How are you faring? How is the ‘new normal’ working out for you? (I think we will not go back in many areas of living even when COVID-19 is gone.) So this story is a real long time ago – prehistoric almost 😉 – when we […]

March 29, 2020

The Fifth Sunday in Lent

Lord, I want COVID-19! Yes, give it to me right now! I want it so I can get it out of the way. Oh, Lord, … um, I don’t want to die … … … I’m not doubting the resurrection, mind you, it’s just that I’d rather live a bit longer – see the grandkids […]

March 22, 2020

The Fourth Sunday in Lent

Who has remembered Mothering Sunday (Mother’s Day) today? Well done you! Blessings to all mothers! I expect that this will be a Mothering Sunday to remember in the family history because of the difference to the past. In former times the 4th Sunday in Lent was a time when itinerant workers might return to services […]

March 15, 2020

The Third Sunday in Lent

“To talk about the coronavirus or not talk about the coronavirus?” That is the question! How do you feel? (About reading on! 😉 ) Is there are sense of exasperation? (“Oh no, not again! More fear mongering.) Is there a sense of relief almost? (“Finally the church is talking about what I’ve been thinking!”) Or […]

March 8, 2020

The Second Sunday in Lent

This Sunday we have Part 2 following on from last Sunday. We continue Martin Luther’s (1539) ‘Oratio, Meditatio, Tentatio’ and pick up with meditation. Enjoy! Second, you should meditate, not only in your heart but also outwardly, repeating and comparing the actual, literal words in the book, reading and rereading them with careful attention and […]

March 1, 2020

The First Sunday in Lent

This Sunday will be a first … a ‘blurb’ in two parts. Part 1 today and Part 2 next Sunday. It is material from Martin Luther in the Preface to the Wittenberg Edition of his German works, 1539, and is popularly known as ‘Oratio, Meditatio, Tentatio’ (usually translated as ‘Prayer, Meditation, Temptation’). It is material […]

February 23, 2020

The Transfiguration of Our Lord

Today it is a picture more than words. I made a mistake in the order of service with the attribution – it should be Raphael Santi – but I’m sure Raphael will do. And the other item was that I discovered I had inadvertently halved the painting! It is in the Public Domain. It was […]

February 16, 2020

The Sixth Sunday after The Epiphany

This week I came across a quote I hadn’t seen before. Two things attracted me to it. The quote itself. I thought it clever and controversial. And the author. You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant. – Harlan Ellison The quote, […]

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