“The first words of the risen Christ in Luke’s gospel are, “What are you two talking about?” The second: “You idiots!”Pulpit Fiction - Easter 3 As we journey through this current crisis, we may never 'see' the end. For some our hair is too long, it needs a cut, and therefore, we need to protest.…Read more Jesus on a #BorisWalk
Is there a link between our past, the present and the future? I was reading the part when Jesus has come out of the tomb (or grave according to Bond *1) and speaks to Mary. How does that relate to me? "Don't touch me for I have yet to ascend to my Father"John's Gospel Chapter…Read more Anxiety throughout our time
Every Easter we may come to this time of the year with our understanding firm. We know why Jesus died, what it means to us. Easter isn’t just one day but a climax to everything central in our faith. But was it then? for those first disciples, what was it like? I invite you to…Read more Is this a pivotal moment
Welcome to this, a framework for a Reflective Zoom service, as we consider what Maundy Thursday might mean to us today. We will hear some words, take time to ponder on our day. We will hear some Scripture, praise God in song, reflect upon a modern day perspective of the traditions of today, and then…Read more This Easter is so different
As we enter the supermarket, if permitted out of the house these days, we need to follow the way. One out of the shop, then one can enter the shop. Keep 2 metres apart and follow the flow around the store until the checkout, then watch that separation! There is so much these days about…Read more Which way?
This post was originally written prior to the #CoronaVirus Crisis. Hence consideration should be given to how we might consider this in the future, rather than in the here and now. John Wesley once got into hot water because he questioned whether the very people who were teaching the next generation of leaders were living…Read more Living it not just talking it
This week is, as the one before, unprecedented. Unsure of what to do, how to be, we face "lockdown" probably for the first time in our lives. We certainly have been blessed by some fine weather this last week so - in our hour of exercise - we may have been able to feel the…Read more Hello, God that I don’t believe in, do you cry?
Rather than a candle this week, I thought we might start with a transformative GIF. If we are stressed, it can be good to have that framework, a visible reference frame upon which to 'ground' ourselves. Try to breathe with the pulsating image for a minute. https://www.mindful.org/content/uploads/MndfulBeath.gif Let us pray:Father God,We thank you for the…Read more Reflections – Saliva anyone?
We may soon be inundated with ideas on how to spend time whilst in self-isolation: be that knitting, praying, drawing or writing - even finding time to complete that 2000 piece jigsaw which hasn't seen the light of day for many a year. We have seen in the past few days, literally, such significant changes…Read more Church – a change?
In recent weeks the Freeview channels have been changed, requiring us to connect and get an update. It may not take us long to find the new channels, or new channel numbers. I was told of one new channel someone had found: an American channel dedicated solely to religious broadcasts, where preachers would shout and,…Read more Tuning In
I was listening to someone describe an aspect of their life in the past, of the struggles that had faced. They said that they had often passed by the church without actually noticing it. How can you miss a great big pointy building, often with large signs advocating prayer etc or even a thermometer showing…Read more Are we strangers?
(written by Roger Munday, lay pastor/preacher at The Church at Blackshaw Head) The baby had a birthday, We made the brandy sauce; We drank his health, and spent our wealth, upon ourselves of course.We had a lovely party and brightened up the place; profusely strung, the tinsel hung - you couldn’t see his face.Then, when the feast was over,…Read more POEGTAP – a Guest Post
Have you ever gazed at the river or canal and paused. What questions might you ponder? The connectivity between its source and wherever the water flows on to, the sheer enormity of that length, or even the cycle of water from rain to river flow, to evaporation? Have you thought of the life within the…Read more In the busyness
When you step away from the 'normal' what do we expect to see? I go to a Church which, it would be fair to say, worships traditionally. How you might describe that may differ: the 'Methodist 5-hymn 4-prayer sandwich' describes it for me. You know where you are when you come to this kind of…Read more What could be so different?
Have you thought of any New Year's Resolutions yet?...or reminded yourself of last year's resolutions! How we would go running and get fit!!?... For every half hour we run, we live for an extra half hour, which we spent running...David Spiegelhalter (allegedly) Have we ever thought of what resolutions our Churches might consider? In today's…Read more New Years Resolutions