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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Epiphany 2020

The beginning of a New Year might be as good a time as any to renew our faith or to find it somehow made new with some new revelation or ‘epiphany’. Of course, I can’t make that happen – it comes upon most of us as a kind of surprise mostly. But I offer something […]

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Christmas day

Christians, as the world knows, are very fond of arguing. And some of our arguments just look ridiculous to the outside world. Just at the moment, the thing that Christians seem to argue about more than anything is sexuality. And some people look at us and shake their heads in dismay. But in different times […]

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A virgin birth…

I know that a lot of people these days are fascinated to find out where they come from, who their ancestors were, even what their DNA reveals. You might have seen the adverts on TV encouraging you to treat a relative for Christmas to something called Ancestry.com. Perhaps you watch that TV programme ‘Who do […]

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Stay woke!

‘Brothers and sisters; You know the time; now is the hour for you to awake from sleep’.   I am sure that you are aware of the phrase, ‘Stay woke’. It actually goes back a way but it came to be heard much more when the Black Lives Matter campaign got going. It means something […]

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Christ the King

So, today is the feast of Christ the King – what’s that about then? It’s the last Sunday of the Christian year before it begins again on Advent Sunday. But why Christ the King? It is quite a recent feast as these things go. It was designated Christ the King Sunday by Pope Pius XI […]

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Being a bother

If you had to say who God’s favourite people are, or as we like to say in religious talk ‘his chosen ones’, I think you could do worse than suggest that God really likes widows. And I know that widows aren’t necessarily old, but most widows are. So, you could say, that God loves older […]

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