Pre-lent

Quinquagesima – Lent is growing in Love

I am sure you have already spotted the Easter eggs which are already for sale. But before we rush off to buy Easter eggs, today the Church invites us to ponder on the period to prepare us for Easter: Lent. This Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, will mark the beginning of Lent.  What is the purpose of Lent? If one word could summarise living LENT it would be growing in LOVE.  Lent comes originally from ‘lengthen’ –…

Septuagesima – Obtaining the Prize

Obtaining the prize! In his letter to the Corinthians St. Paul gives us an analogy between Christians and athletes both wanting to obtain a prize. To St. Paul living at that time in the east of the Mediterranean, his world although part of the Roman empire would have been culturally Greek. To St. Paul writing this in his letter to the Corinthians  the Greek athletes and their competition in the Gymnasiums might be the analogy…

Quinquagesima – We go up to Jerusalem

Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem. On Wednesday of this week, the Church proclaims, as it has from earliest of times, a forty day fast.  It is not something you must do, but something that has been found to be helpful to do, and to do together.  We do this to prepare ourselves to more fully understand, in a way that changes our hearts, Jesus’ Passion and Death and his Resurrection. ———— I don’t…

Sexagesima – The good soil

By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return. Genesis 3:19 Spring is coming – the sure signs are there, the song birds again singing in the new day, the sound of geese returning day and night, snow drops and the first crocuses already blooming in our garden, and a sure…

Septuagesima – Not labouring in vain

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run, that you may obtain it! Epiphany season has ended for us and we begin today with the shift in direction.  Epiphany was about revealing who God is in Jesus Christ.  And now we begin to shift our focus to the actions of God in Jesus Christ to save us, our salvation in Christ.  We are…

Quinquagesima – Without love I am nothing

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 1 Corinthians 13:1 In our All Age Worship today we had a young person bang  a metal serving tray with a wooden spoon, as loud as possible, and another who was asked to play some sanctus bells very quietly.  And you know the reaction, those who were close to the first braced themselves,…

Septuagesima – Why labour?

You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you. On Thursday night this week there was a secret meeting held here at the Parsonage Hall – I’m sorry that I was not able to invite you all.  It was organized by Open Doors – an international charity, which was founded in the Netherlands, to support and encourage especially the persecuted Church throughout the world. Canon Andrew White, the Vicar of…

Quinquagesima – Who’s blind?

Behold, we go up to Jerusalem.  On Wednesday of this week, the Church proclaims, as it has from earliest of times, a forty day fast in preparation to stand with Mary and John and the other disciples in awe before the Cross on Good Friday – that great and terrible day – and to celebrate on the third day after, the great Feast of the Resurrection – Easter. In the Gospel today, Jesus tells the…

Sexagesima – The Good Earth

 But that on the good ground are they which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. During Christmas and Epiphany seasons, we began by remembering the Incarnation of Lord, then we followed Jesus growing up – the manifestation of his glory as a boy, as the Wisdom of God, and then as the power of God, shown in his miracles of changing water into wine and…