In the celebration of Epiphany the Messiah is revealed as the Saviour not only of the Jews but also of all the world. So I want you to think imaginatively about the story of the 3 Magi who came to worship Jesus this morning. And I want you to think about the kind of people they were and how that helps us to see what kind of Church Christ call us to be. A Church of inclusion and of welcome to all. Continue reading “Epiphany: Welcome and Inclusion”
Advent is traditionally a season for reflection and study in the Church. This Advent our Bible Studies in the Benefice will consider the practice of prayer.
- Week 1: Is there a relationship between prayer and the words we use?
- Week 2: Is there a relationship between prayer and our bodies?
- Week 3: Is there a relationship between prayer and science?
- Week 4: Is there a relationship between prayer and Time?
The Bible Studies will be held in Seighford Church Hall 9-10am each Saturday morning before Christmas in December … all are welcome!!
We are moving towards the end of the Christian calendar and next week is the final week of the Christian year .. we are not very good at coming to end of things are we?? There can be a deep sense of loss or sadness when things come to an end.
In our readings we have an insight into one of the great themes of Jesus mission and message which was not apparent from the start. Continue reading “A time for tearing down .. Mark 13 v 1-8”
We have gathered this morning to remember. To remember the power of love, of sacrifice, to recall memories of courage shown and peace pursued. We all know the power of remembering. And perhaps this is why in the modern world one of our greatest fears is loss of memories!!
Never mind the anxieties we face around political upheaval or environmental damage or of terrorism or as we recall today the horror of war between nations. Never mind these fears, in my experience these are at least matched if not surpassed by the fear of losing our memory. And with the increasing impact of illnesses such as dementia and alzheimer’s in our communities this fear looms large. On a morning like this when we embrace the power of memories it is perhaps important to face our fears and ask what the Christian faith might say about such matters. Should we fear the fact that our lives, and lives such as those lost in wars might be forgotten?? Continue reading “Remembrance Day 2018”
As we come towards the end of the Church year we celebrate this great feast of All Saints. Normally we apply the word to people of extraordinary holiness who have been canonised or beatified by the Church .. but today’s feast uses the word in a much wider sense .. in particular we remember all those who have now died and are in God’s presence .. hence we read from Revelation of that great promise of heaven. What a glorious and hopeful picture!
Still further though on this day we also celebrate the saints as being all those on earth with a shared call to holiness .. Continue reading “All Saints Reflection”