Learning to Live… Through Jesus, Our Neighbours and Each Other

A CORONAVIRUS PRAYER

Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.” At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love. Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their…

MARKINGS (25)

I believe that God really has dived down into the bottom of creation, and has come up bringing the whole redeemed nature on his shoulders. The miracles that have already happened are, of course, as Scripture so often says, the first fruits of that cosmic summer which is presently coming on. Christ has risen, and…

MARKINGS (24)

    ‘Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.’                                                                                                   [G.K. Chesterton]

WHAT IS LENT FOR?

Wednesday night about a dozen of us gathered in the sanctuary to observe Ash Wednesday, the official beginning of the Lenten season. We read Scripture, prayed, sat in silence, and sang songs of commitment to Christ. So, we might well ask: What are we to do for the next fourty days of Lent?  What kind…

THE CHURCH AND RISK

What the church now requires ‘by faith’ : Run risks for justice in a brutalizing society. Run risks for forgiveness in a vengeful society. Run risks for hospitality in an exclusionary society. Run risks for generosity in a parsimonious society. Run risks for the scandal of resurrection in a society that reduces everything to our…

THE WAY IS MADE BY WALKING

‘No one can truly know Christ unless they follow him in life and no one can truly follow him in life unless they know him.’   (Hans Denck, 16th century Anabaptist martyr) ‘Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and…

CHRISTMAS REFLECTIONS

Scripture reading for today: Isaiah 7:10-16, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19, Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1:18-25 How Long? My children are heavy in my lap, three and six years old, cozy on our couch watching televised British people bake. These children snuggle into me. Their heads smell of shampoo and the faint sweaty sweetness of outdoor play in…

ADVENT POEMS (4)

The Singing of Angels Howard Thurman   There must be always remaining in every life, some place for the singing of angels.   Some place for that which in itself is breathless and beautiful.   Old burdens become lighter deep and ancient wounds lose much of their old hurting.   Despite all the crassness of…

ADVENT THREE – ‘Here Comes the Son’

Then the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a child, so that he might devour her child as soon as it was born. (Revelation 12.4) And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour….  (Luke 1.46) Our Advent three texts remind us of two profound truths:  The…

ADVENT POEMS (3)

Magnificat John Shea All that I am sings of the God who brings his life to birth in me. My spirit soars on the wings of my Lord. He has smiled on me and the blaze of his smile no woman or man shall ever forget. My God is a gentle strength who has caught…