My 2022 Lenten discipline is to read through the first book of Psalms (1-41) and spend time reflecting on one a day, producing a piece of artwork in response (with space allowed for days ‘off’!) This page will be updated throughout Lent 2022.
As part of my 2021 Lenten discipline, I decided to continue the project I’d started in Advent (see my Jesse Tree illustrations) – using the Jesus Tree Lent Devotion resource by TribeOfManyArrows on Etsy, I spent each day of Lent reflecting on a story from Jesus’ life from childhood to resurrection.
Sermon for Sunday 27 February 2022 (Next before Lent, Year C) Readings: Isaiah 2.1-5, Luke 9.28-36 How on earth do I start today? While writing, I started and deleted a beginning multiple times. Perhaps I shall just start – not at the beginning, but with a beginning. What is happening in the world?
Sermon for 13 February 2022, 3rd Before Lent (Year C) Readings: Psalm 1; Luke 6.17-26 In today’s Gospel, Jesus speaks powerful words of consolation (and caution). These are Luke’s version of what we call the ‘Beatitudes’: the blessings given by Jesus in his teaching. It’s likely that you are more familiar with the eight sayingsContinue reading “Familiar words anew“
Sermon for 6 February 2022, 4th before Lent Year C. Readings: Isaiah 6.1-8; Luke 5.1-11 I rather like February – in the Church calendar it’s often a lovely period of ‘Ordinary time’ (which is church speak for a time outside of the major seasons). For me, it’s an opportunity to regather my bearings after theContinue reading “From doubt to joy”
Sermon for Candlemas: Epiphany 4 Year C, 30 January 2022 Readings: Malachi 3.1-5; Luke 2.22-40 Like Simeon, may I grow old in hope and in wonder. Like Anna, may I be in love with you all my days. May I be open to truth, open to surprises. May I let your Spirit into my life. Continue reading “Candlemas and change”
Sermon for 23 January 2022, Epiphany 3 Year C Readings: Psalm 19.1-6; Luke 4.14-21 As we travel through the season of Epiphany, we consider those first revelations of Christ leading to the start of his ministry. We began with the visit of the Magi, whose adoration and symbolic gifts demonstrated that the salvation significance andContinue reading “Jesus’ manifesto”
Sermon for 16 January 2022, Epiphany 2 Year C Readings: Psalm 36.5-10; John 2:1-11 The wedding at Cana – that is, when Jesus turned water into wine – is the first miracle that we see Jesus doing in the Gospel of John. In this Gospel, the evangelist uses Jesus’ miracles as ‘signs’ which reveal hisContinue reading “The Wedding at Cana”
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”