When I was beginning to think about this Harvest sermon I began a file on my computer and mistakenly called it Harvest 3018 not 2018 … and when I noticed it got me wondering what will Harvest 3018 look like I wonder?? We might think the whole idea of Harvest Festival has changed over the last 50 or 100 years but just allow yourself to imagine what the next 1000 years will bring with it??
The readings today remind us of the importance of what we say … it is an important theme of Christian living. Again and again in the Bible we are reminded that the tongue is the most powerful of all the members of the body.
In the book of James we have a reminder of how, small though it is, the tongue can determine the direction of our lives … like a rudder in the sea of our lives the power of words is immense. There is a song in the charts at the moment which I think is probably built on the words of James 2000 years ago because its chorus is .. Continue reading “Sticks & Stones”
Today is Father’s Day and a day when we reflect I suppose on what it means for someone to Father well .. what are the qualities of Fatherhood we look for in someone who will father us..and in various ways how we will father others. Whether our actual Father’s with all their limits and failings or those who act in a fatherly way towards us .. most of all to a God we so often call Father!!
We have I think a tendency to think of good fathering as being strong and instructive and perhaps protecting .. and this is of course part of what we hope for from Father’s and indeed God. But it is not the whole picture because our passages this morning invite us to think of a more mature kind of fathering .. a different stage of fathering perhaps we might say .. a fathering which knows when to leave us alone to get on with life because that is how we grow and learn once we are older. Continue reading “Father’s Day 2018”
This Sunday is called Trinity Sunday in the Church Calendar. It is an invitation to look at God in a particular way, to allow our imaginings of God to be directed in a particular way as it were. Every religion has it’s particular expression of God and the Trinity is the Christian’s Biblical tradition of imagining that which cannot really be described. It is why the Trinity is such a difficult idea I suppose .. it is a description of the indescribable. Continue reading “Trinity Sunday 2018”
Do You Believe and Trust in the Holy Spirit who Gives Life to the People of God and makes known Christ in the World? This is a statement from the Profession of Faith which we make in our Baptism and Confirmation services in the Anglican Church and in a more general form profess each week in the Creed. Our task today is therefore to ask what, or who, this Holy Spirit is and what He, She or It does in the world that requires our belief and trust. Continue reading “Pentecost 2018”