A talk given at Morning Prayer on 23rd October 2019 Ecclesiasticus 18.1-14 / Mark 15.33-41 The Apocrypha Our first reading today came from the book of Ecclesiasticus, also known as the Wisdom of Sirach or just Sirach, which is one of the books of the Old Testament Apocrypha. Nowadays when we refer to something as … Continue reading Compassion of God
A 'Thought for the Day' for Black Cat Radio on 19th October 2019 Have you noticed how much difference light makes? As I’m writing this it’s a bit cold outside but the sky is blue and the sun is out and it suddenly seems so much easier to get things done compared to the last … Continue reading Light
Luke 17.11-19 Introduction That great figure of the Reformation, Martin Luther, was once asked to describe the nature of true worship. He answered: the tenth leper turning back. Often when people talk about today’s gospel reading they focus on the importance of gratitude – I’ve done this myself before. But today I want to focus … Continue reading Seeing and Believing
Deuteronomy 30.15-20 / Luke 14.25-33 Good news and context When I was training to be an LLM I was given lots of good advice about preaching but two things in particular have stayed in my mind. One is, always look for the good news as that’s what the gospel is all about. The other is, … Continue reading What are your priorities?
A 'Thought for the day' for Black Cat Radio - 7th September 2019 I have a confession to make - I have a terrible sense of direction! This is the complete opposite of my husband, who always knows where he is, down to the actual compass direction he’s going in. Ask me whether Little Paxton … Continue reading Directions
A 'Thought for the Day' for Black Cat Radio on Saturday 17th August 2019 Results time! So, A Level results came out this week, and GCSE ones will be out soon. It’s a long time since I left school, but I still remember all that revising and taking exams and the nervousness of finding out … Continue reading Exams
Hebrews 11.1-3, 8-16 Proper 14 / 8th Sunday after Trinity Introduction As some of you may know I have a flock of hens in my back garden. I find it fascinating to watch them going about their daily lives – they’re a lot more interesting and complicated than many people think. However, although hens have … Continue reading Faith
thought for the day for Black Cat Radio on 3rd August 2019 Have you heard about “100 Day Projects”? In these you decide to do one particular thing every day for 100 days. It’s often something creative like art or writing but it doesn’t have to be. It can be anything that you really want … Continue reading 100 Day Projects
A talk at Morning Prayer on 17th July 2019 Matthew 11.28-30 Jesus said, “Come to me all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for … Continue reading Yoked Together
Deuteronomy 30.9-14 / Colossians 1.1-14 / Luke 10.25-37 Who are we? Who are they? If I asked you to describe yourself in just one word, which one would you choose? It’s a hard thing to do because we’re complicated people and we probably want to use many words to describe ourselves at different times. But … Continue reading My Brother’s Keeper?