Frameworks for Life

Exodus 20:1-17 Psalm 19 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 John 2:13-22 Do you remember the art made in the ‘60s and ‘70s made with a framework of nails on a board or frame, and thread wound around to make geometric patterns and shapes? These days it’s called ‘string art’. Or Spirograph – patterns made by cogged wheels…

Read More

Sermon – Second Sunday of Lent

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 Psalm 22:23-31 Romans 4:13-25 Mark 8:31-38 We know Peter for his humanity and ability to get things wrong. If anyone could put their big feet in things, that would be Peter: he argues with Jesus about who is going to wash whose feet: falls asleep at Gethsemane when he supposed to be…

Read More

Hope that there can be healing

Today’s Bible Readings Genesis 9:8-17 Psalm 25:1-9 1 Peter 3:18-22 Mark 1:9-15 We’ve had a rash of rainbows over the past few months – everywhere you go they’re there. They have stood for hope, even when there was very little of it about. Perhaps there is hope on the horizon now: hope for NHS and…

Read More

Revelations of Glory

Today’s Readings: 2 Kings 2:1-12 Psalm 50:1-6 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 Mark 9:2-9 This week’s readings give us a ‘boost’ before the beginning of Lent on Wednesday. They all hold a common theme, but one which it’s not that easy to pin down. We could say that they are all about ‘revelation’ – about disclosures of…

Read More

The Most Profound Mystery

2nd Sunday before Lent 2021 Our (Church of England) readings for today, Proverbs 8:1, 22-31, Colossians 1:15-20 and John 1:1-14, are about the beginning – or even, before the beginning. How can there be a ‘before the beginning’? An impossible thing which shows us that God is beyond us, beyond our comprehension, as well as…

Read More

A Practical Repentance

Epiphany 3 – Mark 1:14-20 At Christmas the fact of the Roman Occupation of Israel is high in our consciousness, especially in relation to the 3 Magi from the East who encounter Herod before they find Jesus and who avoid him afterwards. The slaughter of the innocents was the result. We then tend to forget…

Read More

Seeing, Finding and Perceiving

Today’s Gospel reading, John 1:43-51, follows the Epiphany theme of ‘seeing’, ‘finding’ and ‘perceiving’. All these words can have quite mundane meanings: ‘I saw Fred on the bus today’: I found a pound coin on the pavement’: ‘I couldn’t quite perceive who it was because it was foggy.’ But all these words can have heightened…

Read More

Baptism of Christ

Today we celebrate the feast of the Baptism of Christ. For us, in the church of the western world, I think it would be fair to say that this feast day has become a bit of a half hearted affair – not as cosy as Christmas and not as exotic as Epiphany. Not as picturesque…

Read More