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Reflection for Easter Sunday

Reflection for Easter Sunday

Alleluia – Christ is risen: He is risen indeed, Alleluia! The four gospels have four different accounts of the Resurrection – four different ways of describing some of what happened would be a more accurate way to word it. Mark, which is almost certainly the earliest...

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Reflection for March 23rd

Reflection for March 23rd

A National Day of Remembrance – A Reflection Today we are asked to remember, remember all who have died in this past year – particularly those who have died from the corona-virus and its impact. The numbers in this country alone are huge, but each one is a person...

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Reflection for March 21st

Reflection for March 21st

Dates and Time March 25th is Lady Day. It has a strange twinning – for the church, it is the celebration of the Annunciation - the visit of the angel Gabriel to Mary announcing that she would have a baby and he would be Jesus; for the English, it was a “Quarter Day”...

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Reflection for March 7th

Reflection for March 7th

Reflection on the Gospel Reading – John 2: 13-22 In John’s Gospel the clearing / cleansing of the Temple is put near the beginning of the gospel, whereas in the other gospels it happens in the final week of Jesus’ life, as Jesus enters Jerusalem. In John’s Gospel it...

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Reflection for February 21st

Reflection for February 21st

If you are listening to Morning Prayer through Lent you will know that the Old Testament readings are from Jeremiah. These “prophecies”, these proclamations, speeches, sermons, whatever we try and call them, are grouped together with very little narrative to join...

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Reflection for January 31st

Reflection for January 31st

The Presentation of Christ in the Temple Forty days after birth, Jesus is brought by his parents to the temple, as the Law required. The 40 days falls on Feb 2nd, traditionally known as Candlemas, but we remember and celebrate this event this Sunday. Only Luke records...

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Reflection for January 24th

Reflection for January 24th

Walk with me Lord, and may I know your presence, Be with me Lord, in all I have to do: Walk with me Lord, and guide me on the journey, Walk with me Lord, and may I walk with you. Walk with me Lord, in times of joy and laughter, When life is good and I enjoy the day:...

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Reflection for January 17th

Reflection for January 17th

John 1: 43-51  -  The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, ‘Follow me.’ Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also...

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Reflection for January 10th – The Baptism of Jesus

Reflection for January 10th – The Baptism of Jesus

Reading Mark 1 4-11 8 days after his birth Jesus is circumcised, as Luke reminds us. This is celebrated on Jan 1st but tends to get overlooked in the excitement of New Year. This Sunday we are 30 or so years later, and, as an adult, at the start of his public...

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Weekly Reflection by Peter 8th Jan

Weekly Reflection by Peter 8th Jan

A Reflection for after Epiphany “They returned by a different way..” The Magi, having given their gifts and worshipped Jesus, left and returned by a different way. For us, as Christmas ends, we also have to learn to do things in a ‘different way’, to keep going...

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A reflection for the third week in Advent 20th Dec

A reflection for the third week in Advent 20th Dec

Mary, mother of Jesus, is the focus for this the final week of Advent. We have heard the prophets speak of the coming of God; we have heard John the Baptist testify to the “light”; now we meet Mary, this remarkable, but utterly ordinary woman, who became mother to...

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A reflection for the third week in Advent 13th Dec

A reflection for the third week in Advent 13th Dec

The focus for this week in Advent is on John the Baptist – Jesus’ cousin – who proclaimed the imminent coming of the Messiah. This is how John’s Gospel introduces him (John 1 6-8, 19-23) There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  He came as a witness to...

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A reflection for the second week in Advent 6th Dec

A reflection for the second week in Advent 6th Dec

The reading from the prophets for this week is also from Isaiah, from Isaiah 40 and they are words which are picked up by John the Baptist in his ministry. Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God.Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to herthat she has served her...

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A reflection for the first week in Advent 29th Nov

A reflection for the first week in Advent 29th Nov

Traditionally in Advent, we begin with the prophets and then reflect on the message of John the Baptist before ending Advent thinking about Mary, called by God to be the mother of God’s Son. The reading for the first Sunday this year is from Isaiah – chapter 64...

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Weekly Reflection by Peter 20th Nov

Weekly Reflection by Peter 20th Nov

Reflection on today’s Reading – Matthew 25: 31-46 This passage is normally known as the “sheep and the goats” but this is just a simple analogy – at night the shepherd would separate out the sheep from the goats in his mixed flock. The vivid image is simply to tell us...

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Weekly Reflection by Peter 13th Nov

Weekly Reflection by Peter 13th Nov

A Reflection on the Gospel reading for this Sunday – Matthew 25: 14-30 The Parable of the Talents  - Warning – spoiler alerts A Talent is a big amount of money so this parable is better called “the Parable of the Servants who were given big bags of gold”. And it...

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Weekly Reflection by Peter 6th Nov

Weekly Reflection by Peter 6th Nov

Remembering... Last Sunday we remembered the saints (All Saints Day) and then Monday was All Soul’s Day when traditionally we remember those who have died. This weekend and through to the 11th, we remember those servicemen and women who have died in war. Yesterday...

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