A friend of mine was once being interviewed by a political party because he was thinking about standing for parliament. It was all going well, until they asked him a question about party loyalty. Would he always put the party first? Would he put it above his own personal convictions? He began to say ‘yes’ […]
I wonder whether you think of yourself as a glass half full kind of person or a glass half empty kind of person? I imagine that we all have a kind of tendency to go one way or the other, and each of us probably drives someone else mad with either our relentless chirpy optimism […]
O Christ, in whom there is no longer slave and free, rich and poor, or male and female, but only children of your love, give us grace to see each other as we truly are, and to embrace, include and celebrate all our difference and all our oneness. Amen.
I wonder whether we can bring this parable a bit closer to home… Perhaps you have read or seen the play or the film of Alan Bennett’s little book – The Lady in the Van. It’s a true story about the years when a woman lived in some squalor in a van parked outside the […]
O God, who anoints us with love and bathes us with grace, may we begin this week knowing how you bless us and believing we can bring blessing to others.
The book of Jeremiah is not full of stand up comedy – it has to be said – but it has got some of the most memorable language of the Bible. In one of the highlight passages, we hear what is probably the voice of God, bewailing the sorrows of the people, as God looks […]
O God, who is right beside us whenever we are lost, go with us through the days of this week, that in every moment of worry, in every minute of despair, and in every occasion of rapture we may know that you are there, ready to make wherever we are a place called home, Amen
I wonder if you can remember a time when you were literally, and obviously, lost. Perhaps you have a memory from childhood or from more recently, a memory of being lost, and you can summon up in your stomach that awful sense of panic, that sinking feeling.. Perhaps you’ve broken down on the motorway […]
O God, who created the world in beauty and who declared it all to be good, give us grace to see the value of the world and the purpose of our lives, and to use our power, resources and lives wisely for the good of all. In the name of Jesus, the Lord of life, […]
Luke tells us about a time when Jesus was flavour of the month, celebrity of the year, the man of the moment. Great crowds were travelling with him. For a few brief summers in the Galilean hills, it was the cool thing to do. We know little about the people who made up these great […]
I think I can say with some confidence that most of us are in the second half of life. We are an over 50 sort of congregation, at least. Though of course many of us will say that we will feel just the same inside as we did when we were in our 20s.. But […]
O God, who desires that each of us should flourish and live in joy and peace, let your love shine upon us like the sun, that we may turn our faces to you and grow in strength, unfurling and unfolding in your sight, that we may truly live and richly praise you, now and always, […]