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”

Reflection for Sunday 9th August 2020 by Barrie Cran

Readings: 1 Kings 19:9-18, Romans 10:5-15, Matthew 14:22-33 As I sit writing this there is a summer storm going through, the wind is howling, the rain hitting the windows hard and the family have lit the fire and settled down in front of the TV.  But if anyone has been out at sea in a storm,Continue reading “Reflection for Sunday 9th August 2020 by Barrie Cran”

Reflection for the 9th Sunday after Pentecost: Thankfulness

By Sue Berry Readings: Matthew 14:13-22, Romans 9:1-5, Genesis 32:22-31, Psalm 17:1-7,15 The gospel reading today is a very familiar story which appears in all four gospels. If we dig deeper into the story various elements become apparent. It begins where Jesus withdraws to a wilderness place having received the news of John the Baptist’s deathContinue reading “Reflection for the 9th Sunday after Pentecost: Thankfulness”

Reflection for Sunday 26th July. Acceptance and trust, by Alan Finch

Genesis 29:15-28; Romans 8:26-39; Matthew 13:31-33,44-52 I was really intrigued by the story of Jacob, Leah and Rachel so I went searching about for inspiration for this reflection and found some very interesting views on how to look at this story, and specifically a lady named Mandy Smith (on a website ‘crosswalk.com), who is anContinue reading “Reflection for Sunday 26th July. Acceptance and trust, by Alan Finch”