Thought for the Week

September 29, 2019

St Michael and All Angels

Michael has been a popular archangel among both Jews and Christians. According to Revelation 12, he led the heavenly army against Lucifer before the creation of the world, and according to a very old belief, it is Michael who receives the souls of the departed. His festival has its origin in the fifth century, and […]

September 22, 2019

The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

As you might imagine, I am somewhat preoccupied at the moment with the ELCE as Synod –rather than as congregation (such as Ascension or Good Shepherd or Redeemer). We have the convention of Synod this week and there have been lots of talk this past year about our structure. It is a matter of how […]

September 15, 2019

Harvest Thanksgiving

With the harvest table laden and I imagine our cupboards and pantries full of goodies, we are very much blessed. The Earth produces its harvest. I remember walking in an old abandoned mining town in western Queensland and being surprised how quickly and how much the living world had taken back the streets and even […]

September 8, 2019

The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

I’ve accepted since I was quite young that justice is a paradox but that it is the bond of society. We may differ on what is just and justice itself is different across countries and courts but from a young age we have a strong sense of what is fair and right. We engage with […]

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 […]

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