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Epiphany 2014 – Nations will come to Your light

favicon Isaiah 60:1

Today we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany. We like to tell how the wise men or magi came from the east following the star to Bethlehem during our Christmas celebrations, especially since they help make the nativity plays special. But you need to read between the lines of Matthew’s gospel (who is the only one of the four to tell us about the magi). By the time the wise men arrive it would appear that Jesus is no longer a newly born infant. Two things in particular tell us that: one is that the wise men came to a house, not a stable.

Read More.. January 2014


Advent 2013 – What are you expecting ?

favicon Isaiah 2:1-5; Matthew 24:36-44

This week, for some fun and also to be a bit creative with my sermon I sent out an invitation to those whose emails I have from both congregations. I invited people to do a short online survey that I had set up about Advent and looking forward to Christmas. There were only five questions and I am pleased how many people took part.

Read More.. December 2013


City of Peace

favicon ACTS 16:9-15; REV 21:10-22:5; JOHN 14:23-29

Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady sings “All I want is a room somewhere, far away from the cold night air, with one enormous chair; oh wouldn’t it be luverly!” According to the Daily Mail in Dec 2011 in a survey more than half of Britons secretly want to live in the countryside. Apparently this was despite 90% of us living in towns and cities.

Read More.. May 2013


Candlemas

faviconHere are some more sayings about Candlemas which are particularly drawn from farming folklore: On Candlemas Day if a thorn be adrop/You can be sure of a good pea crop. A thorn adrop is an icicle. …A farmer on Candlemas Day/should have half his corn and half his hay. Winter is not more than half passed. But what was the origin of this feast and what do we celebrate?

Read More.. January 2013


Bound Together in Christs Love

favicon Isaiah 62:1-5; 1 Cor 12:1-11; John 2:1-11

People sometimes ask me a question which goes something like this: “did you always want to be a vicar?” or “what made you decide to go into the church?” So I answer by saying that it is a calling, and one which I first heard when I was 12 years old in India. In many ways it is not about wanting to do a certain job or deciding to pursue a particular career. It is about realising the God is calling you to serve him in a particular way. So, yes, from an early age I knew that I was to become a Minister, and yes, I decided to respond to that calling.

Read More.. January 2013


Searching and Finding

favicon Isaiah 60:1-6 Ephesians 3:1-12 Matthew 2:1-12

I don’t know if you’ve come across the tradition of chalking the door. I’ve seen chalk marks on the doors of churches and Christian homes in Germany although it is something that may be found anywhere in the world. It’s a tradition of invoking God’s blessing on your home or church and is traditionally carried out at Epiphanytide.

Read More.. January 2013