On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets (25th October)

Deut 34:1-12, 1 Th 2:1-8, Mt 22:34-46. By Rev Ellie. On these commandments hang all the law and the prophets. What two commandments? The first one ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ Comes from the second part of Shema, whichContinue reading “On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets (25th October)”

Reflection for the 25th October

Deuteronomy 34:1-12, Psalm 90:1-6,13-17, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Matthew 22:34-46. By Barrie Cran, Lay Reader. Collect:  Lord God our redeemer, who heard the cry of your people and sent your servant Moses to lead them out of slavery, free us from the tyranny of sin and death, and by the leading of your Spirit bring us toContinue reading “Reflection for the 25th October”

First service at St Peter’s following Lockdown

Ex 33:12-22, Ps 99, 1 Th 1:1-10, Mt 22:15-22. By Rev Ellie. To the church of St Peter & the Holy Rood, in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.  We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before ourContinue reading “First service at St Peter’s following Lockdown”

Harvest Festival, St John’s.

by Rev Ellie. (Deut 8:7-18, 2 Cor 9:6-15, Luke 12:16-30) What does Harvest mean to you? What does it mean to town dwellers? What do you think it means to those who live their entire lives in cities? Who perhaps have never left the council estates? Don’t tell me that no one ever lives their livesContinue reading “Harvest Festival, St John’s.”

Reflection for Sunday 20th September 2020 by Barrie Cran

Jonah 3:10-4:11, Psalm 145:1-8, Philippians 1:21-30, Matthew 20:1-16 It’s not fair!  We associate this with a playground yell or the tantrum between children.  But let’s be honest we all think it, probably quite a lot of the time, and certainly when we don’t get what we want.  Sometimes even when we do get what we want but thenContinue reading “Reflection for Sunday 20th September 2020 by Barrie Cran”

Praying in Community

Reflection for Proper 18, Sunday Sept 6th, 2020 by Sue Berry Readings: Matthew 18:15-20, Exodus 12: 1-14, Romans 13:8-14, Psalm 149. All of the readings today look at different aspects of being part of a Christian Community, from obedience and unity to forgiveness and prayer. In Exodus reading, we see the Israelites preparing to leave Egypt and begin their journey to enter the Promised Land. They obeyContinue reading “Praying in Community”

I AM:Moses’ encounter with God in the fire.

By Sue Berry. Proper 17, Sunday 30th August 2020, Readings: Matthew 16:21-28, Romans 12:9 – 21, Exodus 3:1 – 15, Psalm 105:1-6,23 – 26, 45b This week’s Old Testament reading highlights the story of Moses meeting God at the burning bush. For forty years Moses has lived a nomadic lifestyle, he raises a family, works for Jethro and tendsContinue reading “I AM:Moses’ encounter with God in the fire.”

Trinity 11: Sunday August 23rd, 2020 by Rev Ellie

Readings: Exodus 1:8 – 2:10, Psalm 124, Romans 12:1–8, Matthew 16:13–20 “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven.’ I wonder how many of you at someContinue reading “Trinity 11: Sunday August 23rd, 2020 by Rev Ellie”

Reflection for 16th August 2020

by Alan Finch Readings: Genesis 45:1- 15; Romans 11:1 -2a,29-32; Matthew 15:10-28 Theme – To gain a new insight about the God-given preciousness of all people In the second part of today’s gospel reading we find Jesus confronted by a Canaanite woman who was obviously distraught because her daughter was being tormented by a demon, and I guess thatContinue reading “Reflection for 16th August 2020”