Reflection for Sunday 5th July 2020 by Barrie Cran

Readings:Genesis 24:34-38;42-49;58-67, Romans 7:15-25a, Matthew 11:16-19;25-30 “He’s a nice man, a very nice man”.  That was the catch phrase of an advertisement for breakdown cover a few (probably many) years ago.  The idea that “nice” is something to aspire to is probably quite close to society’s view of the perfect clergy or other church leader.  We don’t wantContinue reading “Reflection for Sunday 5th July 2020 by Barrie Cran”

Curate’s Letter: Life as normal? Or, life as God wants it?

One of the things I remember reading near the start of this lockdown was a conversation from a mother to her daughter. Her daughter was bored, soon after lockdown began. The mother urged her daughter to keep a journal because she said that in decades to come, the daughter would recall the events around theContinue reading “Curate’s Letter: Life as normal? Or, life as God wants it?”

Reflection for June 21st 2020

Compassion, Kindness and Provision – Remembering the Persecuted Church by Sue Berry Readings: Gen 21:8-21, Matt 10:24-39, Rom 6:1-11, Ps 86; 1-10, 16 17.  Today our reading in Genesis looks at the distressing circumstances faced by Haggar and her son Ishmael who have been cast out and left to wander through the desert. Whilst in Matthew’sContinue reading “Reflection for June 21st 2020”

June 14th: The First Sunday after Trinity. By Rev Fran.

Genesis 18:1-15;     Psalm 116:1; 10-17;   Romans 5:1-8;    Matthew 9:35-10:8 Like many people in this unexpected new world we have, I have found that seemingly unimportant events happen which have had a greater impact than  I expect.    One early morning in the glorious sunshine of April, a sudden flash of gold held me mesmerised.    A pair of goldfinches (I think) were settlingContinue reading “June 14th: The First Sunday after Trinity. By Rev Fran.”

Trinity Sunday, 7th June 2020

Readings: Gen 1:1-2:4a, Psalm 8, 2 Cor 13:11-13a, Matt 28:16-20 – by Rev Ellie I used to quake when asked to preach on Trinity Sunday. What can be said that hasn’t been said before? Why do we have a separate Sunday for something that we celebrate every Sunday? Well, before I get into the nittyContinue reading “Trinity Sunday, 7th June 2020”

Pentecost, Sunday 31 May 2020

John 20:19-23; Acts 1:1-21; 1 Corinthians 12:3 – 13; Psalm 104:24 – 34, 35b. By Sue Berry. Today we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost. The story is a very familiar one as recounted in the book of Acts; with images of fire, praying in multiple languages, and attention focused on the church’s prophetic vocation inContinue reading “Pentecost, Sunday 31 May 2020”

Curate’s Letter: Living ‘in-between times.’ June 2020

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.Continue reading “Curate’s Letter: Living ‘in-between times.’ June 2020”

Reflection, 17th May 2020.

Acts 17:22-31, Psalm 66:7-18, 1 Peter 3:13-22, John 14:15-21 Paul’s “unknown god” sermon is probably well known to us all.  It is certainly a masterclass in reaching out to people where they are, getting alongside their beliefs and values and then moving them to where you want them to be.  Influencing skills that would be cherished byContinue reading “Reflection, 17th May 2020.”

The Fourth Sunday after Easter, 3rd May 2020

Readings: Acts 2:42-47, 1 Peter 2:19-25, John 10:1-10, Psalm 23. By the Revd. Fran Davies. This Sunday is known as ‘Good Shepherd Sunday.’ The date has changed over the centuries, (check with Wikipedia) until it was settled to the fourth the Sunday after Easter. The compilers of our lectionary ended the Gospel reading at verseContinue reading “The Fourth Sunday after Easter, 3rd May 2020”