Reflection for 19th April 2020

Readings: Acts 2:14a, 22-32, Psalm 16, 1 Peter 1:3-9, John 20:19-31. By Barrie Cran. I don’t know about you, but I find that when I get something I really want, the feeling of euphoria doesn’t really last very long. A new job, a promotion perhaps, the arrival of a child into the household, a new house;Continue reading “Reflection for 19th April 2020”

Curate’s Letter: The show must go on. March 2020

“The Show Must Go On” was recorded by Queen in 1991. ‘The show must go on’ is a phrase that has been coming back to me time and time again as the political, cultural and emotional climates we are in have changed so rapidly out of all proportion in the past few weeks. Yet, ifContinue reading “Curate’s Letter: The show must go on. March 2020”

Mothering Sunday, 2020

To be honest, this is not the reflection I was expecting to write for Mothering Sunday this year. Some connections with he Mother Church (and there are various versions of what that should be); some comparisons between our human mothers and the church; some meaningful discussion on the role of Mary as the Mother of Christ;Continue reading “Mothering Sunday, 2020”

Salt of the Earth, Feb 2020

Salt. I wonder how many times you’ve heard sermons on us as humans being the salt of the earth. I’m hoping and praying that I can provide some new insight that allows you to go home with a new understanding of salt. We all know that salt can’t actually lose it’s saltiness. That’s its chemicalContinue reading “Salt of the Earth, Feb 2020”

The fourth Sunday in Advent, 22 Dec 2019

Isaiah 7. 10-16, Psalm 80. 1-7 16-18, Romans 1. 1-7, Matthew 1. 18-25 Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed are thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.Continue reading “The fourth Sunday in Advent, 22 Dec 2019”

Curate’s Letter: Christmas 2019

Last month, I wrote about harvest and plastic consumption and how the harvest ended up on our breakfast tables. I received a query as to how and why Christians should be concerned about this and why I would write about that in a parish magazine. Inherent in our worship of the Christ are our ChristianContinue reading “Curate’s Letter: Christmas 2019”

Transformation, 8th Dec 2019

Isaiah 11. 1-10, Psalm 72. 1-7,18-19, Romans 15. 4-13, Matthew 3. 1-12 ‘Tis time the get the decorations out and deck the halls with holly. Or maybe you’re one of those who leaves decorating until Christmas Eve. Me? I try to get in there at the start of Advent and then I don’t have toContinue reading “Transformation, 8th Dec 2019”