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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…