Sermon for Christmas Morning (Year C), 25 December 2021 Readings: Set III – Isaiah 52.7-10; John 1.1-14 There’s a gorgeous ginger tom cat that likes to loiter on the path between the Rectory and Kingstone Church – if you’ve ever walked along the lane you may have met him. He is the most affectionate catContinue reading “Cat Jesus”
Sermon for Midnight Mass (Year C), 24 December 2021 Readings: Set I – Isaiah 9.2-7; Luke 2.1-14 As I revisited our reading from Isaiah in preparation for tonight, I have to admit that I didn’t get much beyond the first sentence before my brain became caught in thought: The people who walked in darkness haveContinue reading “Light in darkness”
If you’ve been to any of our carol services this season, you may have heard a version of this reflection: Certain things just make it feel like Christmas is here, don’t you think? Whether film or book or song, this month is filled with familiar, much treasured tales: the Snowman, Aled Jones singing ‘We’re walkingContinue reading “At the heart of Christmas”
Sermon for Advent 4 (Year C), 19 December 2021 Readings: Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love, chapter 25; Luke 1.39-55 When I was 19, I was sent to support a couple of church groups as an additional leader for trips and to broaden my experience of different church traditions (as I was already exploringContinue reading ““Do you want to see her?””
Sermon for Advent 3, 12 Dec 2021 Philippians 4.4-7; Luke 3.7-18 Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, Rejoice! Isn’t it exciting? Each week we’re getting closer and closer to Christmas! This week, schools will be breaking up for the Christmas holiday – and if they’re anything like I remember, there won’tContinue reading “Singing the song of salvation”
The first two chapters of Luke are a rich concert of songs sung by Elizabeth, Mary, Zechariah, Angels (and Solomon). This series of daily illustrations represents a slow reflection on how our familiar characters were responding to the Holy Spirit, and the songs that were filling their hearts.
Sermon for the Second Sunday of Advent 2021 Readings: Malachi 3.1-4; Luke 3.1-6 As we get closer and closer to Christmas, I find that there is a certain frantic energy building at the Rectory as I try to get everything ready – not just making sure that everything is in place for all ofContinue reading “The Advent To-Do List”
Reflection for ‘Light up a life’ service of thanksgiving and remembrance of loved ones, 5 December 2021. For many of us, Christmas is marked by spending time with loved ones. It is a time of celebration and joy, of parties, feasts, and family – of annual reunions and shared sacred spaces. Every family and groupContinue reading “Light up a life 2021”