Not being a virtual Christian

So, I wonder how you are finding your Christian life these days; which of course is not so very separate from the question of how you are finding your life these days? How do you find worshipping together on Zoom (by phone or computer?). If you go to meetings on-line, like Elders or Citizens UK […]

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Prayer for this time

Loving Jesus, who touched the sick, who blessed those named unclean, who let Mary touch you with her tears, and whose own body was pierced by the nails, come and be with us now in these times. When we have to be untouchable to one another for a time, show us how to love. When […]

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Come unto me…

It’s hard to believe, given my youthful looks, that when I was first going to church as a child it was all Book of Common Prayer and Hymns Ancient and Modern. And there were odd things about the language that both puzzled me and nourished me. I didn’t take communion as a child, but I […]

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Fathers’ Day…

There is someone in our family of whom we are rather proud – she’s just written and directed a new comedy series on the BBC called ‘The Other One’. The premise is that a man called Colin dies suddenly when it’s discovered that for decades he has actually had two families. And he has two […]

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Apostles…

“These are the names of the twelve  apostles. Peter… and his brother Andrew;  James son of Zebedee,  and his brother John; Philip and Batholomew: Thomas and Matthew the tax collector: James  and Thaddaeus,  Simon the Canaanean,  and Judas, the one who betrayed him. These twelve  Jesus sent out..’ There’s a great song in the musical […]

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A trinity of stories for Trinity Sunday

 I remember that early on in this pandemic people kept saying that what was happening was ‘unprecedented’. I said it too. Because nothing like this has ever happened before –  where I live and in my life time. But of course, the more I look across the world or through history the more I see […]

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Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday                                                           from the minister of Taunton URC We are all having to find new ways of living our lives in so many ways. These are challenging times to live through and many of us will be feeling more anxious than normal, with many of the things that hold us steady in life suddenly […]

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Prayer

O God, who is always with us and whose love overwhelms our fear, hold us through these days and weeks. May we find courage to endure and let there be flowers blooming in the wilderness. We place ourselves into your loving hands and offer our lives in your service. In Jesus’ name, Amen.  

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Life transfigured!

The other day I was privileged to read an account of a glorious wedding. It took place in a hospice and the bride and groom were called James and Ellie. The staff of the hospice decorated the room with fairy lights, the local florist gave flowers for free, and a local cake maker a cake […]

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Choose Life!

‘I call heaven and earth to witness … that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live.’ Deuteronomy 30:19 Choose life. Life is perhaps the greatest miracle of all. Sometimes it can seem like a burden, even on our worst days a […]

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Salt and light in a beautiful world!

I’m sure you all know the song that Louis Armstrong used to sing in his distinctive and beautiful voice… I see trees of green, red roses too I see them bloom for me and you And I think to myself what a wonderful world I see skies of blue and clouds of white The bright blessed […]

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