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Sunday 6th September

A somewhat remote greeting from me this week, as I am in the middle of a period of leave. A special thank you to Rev'd Peter Osborne for being with us today as our presiding minister at Communion, and our preacher. I am so glad Peter is present to share with you about his work at Anglican Action, a really remarkable ministry with luminous grace-filled God-moments among the hard work and occasional set backs. Today is Father's Day, and our children have a brilliant activity to share (it's all ...

September 3, 2015

Sunday 31st August

Wednesday's reading and reflection group (2pm in the Hall) discusses lots of questions that emerge from the Bible passages coming up the following Sunday. I was particularly struck by the reference to not charging interest, in today's psalm. Did you know that lending without interest is a strongly established practice within Islam the world over? Many banks and law firms now have special divisions for managing Islamic finance. The abhorrence of charging interest has its roots in ancient scrip...

September 3, 2015

Sunday 23rd August

The reading from Ephesians that we hear today is a traditional Sunday School favourite, conjuring up images of full Roman battle armour, mixed with fervent sword-swinging righteousness. The Church has so many rousing hymns that build on this militaristic imagery. Who doesn't love the tune of the Battle Hymn of the Republic? It was written at the outbreak of the US Civil war to give soldiers something to march to. In it, God "is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored; h...

August 20, 2015

Sunday 16th August 2015

Today's readings commend the pursuit of wisdom, who is personified in ancient scripture as a woman with gracious hospitality to offer. Our children will be asking each other today "what is wisdom?" The question returned to me as I watched, intrigued, a news item on an American television channel about a shooting range that has opened in Chilton County, Alabama. Not just any shooting range, this one: it has been opened by the Rocky Mount United Methodist Church using a gully right behind the c...

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