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Reflection for Sunday 21st Nov

Reflection for Sunday 21st Nov

When should you start getting ready for Christmas? Good question and lots of answers. A provocative answer is that Mary started on March 25th – Lady Day, 9 months before the birth (accepting the traditional dates)! [And that was why the tax-year began and ended then...

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Reflection for Sunday 14th Nov

Reflection for Sunday 14th Nov

REFLECTION Micah speaks of a time when there will be peace and security for all, when swords and spears are made into farming implements and people can sit in peace, on their own land and no one will make them afraid. It is a beautiful vision of how the world should...

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Reflection for Sunday 7th Nov

Reflection for Sunday 7th Nov

Gospel: Mark 12: 38-44 As Jesus taught, he said,  ‘Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the market-places, and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honour at banquets! They devour...

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Cop 26 – Seeking the Common Good

Cop 26 – Seeking the Common Good

With COP26 taking place and the subject of climate change at the fore-front of everyone’s thinking and concern, amongst all the words that I have read in the newspapers and online, I came across an article which really made me think. I have adapted it here and made my...

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Cop 26 – Coppices and Copses

Cop 26 – Coppices and Copses

On the hills above our parishes are the moors, peaty, boggy moors “no good for anything much” some would say, of little value compared to farmland in the Ribble Valley. Those peaty moors help hold the rain and minimise flooding, acting like a huge sponge. They also...

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Cop 26 – good cop, bad cop

Cop 26 – good cop, bad cop

In the old westerns the good cowboys wore white hats and the baddies were in black hats – so it was clear who to support, who was right, what was good. Good and evil are not separated quite as easily as by hat-wearing however! In the Book of Revelation there are those...

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Cop 26 – Cop out or Co-operate

Cop 26 – Cop out or Co-operate

1000 years ago – so the story goes – King Canute tried to stop the rising tide: did the King have the power to command the elements? The story is often told as if Canute claimed the power and was proved wrong. Actually in the earliest version Canute was looking to...

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Reflection for Sunday 31st Oct

Reflection for Sunday 31st Oct

All Saints We should celebrate All Saints at the beginning of November, though the evening of All Saints, Hallowe’en, is October 31st. So what do we make of the saints? There are saints in the Bible but not the sort of saints we think of probably. The New Testament...

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Reflection for Sunday 24th Oct

Reflection for Sunday 24th Oct

The story of Bartimaeus in the Gospel of Mark is the final story we hear of Jesus being on his way before he enters into Jerusalem, setting off the chain of events that leads him to the cross. He encounters Bartimaeus on the road. Bartimaeus is a character who exists...

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Reflection for Sunday 17th Oct

Reflection for Sunday 17th Oct

Reflection Mark 10: 35-45 What does it mean that Jesus came to serve and give his life as a ransom? Kidnapping is thankfully very rare these days for us, but not in all parts of the world. In parts of sub-Saharan Africa, or in Syria, or Central America people are...

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Reflection for Sunday 10th Oct

Reflection for Sunday 10th Oct

We call this man the “rich young ruler” but in Mark he is young, he is a man, he seems to be religious, very religious in fact, and right at the end we discover he has many possessions. Mark wants us to journey with the story – “what must we do to inherit eternal...

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Reflection for Sunday 3rd Oct

Reflection for Sunday 3rd Oct

Today we have a part of the second Creation Account from Genesis and a second reminder in Mark that Jesus welcomed children – and was not too impressed if the disciples got in the way. There are two Creation Stories in Genesis; in chapter 1 the Creation is ordered...

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Reflection for Sunday 26th Sept

Reflection for Sunday 26th Sept

The Gospel reading for today is another episode of Jesus teaching his disciples and it is a teaching that is still so relevant today, potentially even more so than when Jesus was around. I’m sure we are all guilty of identifying ourselves as being part of certain...

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Reflection for Sunday 19th Sept

Reflection for Sunday 19th Sept

At this point in Mark’s gospel, Jesus is reiterating the teaching to his disciples about what is going to happen and how the kingdom should look. He’s trying to teach them and make them understand what is going to come, and they are finding it difficult to...

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Reflection for Sunday 12th Sept

Reflection for Sunday 12th Sept

Reflection Mark 8: 27-38 At this roughly mid-point in Mark’s Gospel, Jesus begins teaching about what will happen to him. This passage is the first occasion and is introduced by the discussion about who Jesus is; Jesus eases the disciples into the discussion by asking...

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Reflection for Sunday 5th Sept

Reflection for Sunday 5th Sept

The gospel reading for today is one that divides the commentators – not surprising as it seems Jesus is rude to this woman in need, and the way he heals the man seems peculiar. For us, 2000 years on, and 2000 miles away from where it happened, we have to acknowledge...

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Reflection for Sunday 29th Aug

Reflection for Sunday 29th Aug

Year B, Mark 7_1-8, 14-15, 21-23, WORSHIP AT HOME REFLECTION In our Gospel passage today we move back into Mark and away from our tour through John 6 which we have had for the last few weeks. The story we hear today is about an encounter between Jesus and the...

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Reflection for Sunday 22nd Aug

Reflection for Sunday 22nd Aug

Reflection John 6: 56-69 We come to the final part of John chapter 6 - this long section in which Jesus responds to the questions and challenges of the crowd who simply do not get the deeper meaning in what Jesus is saying. The scene is now Capernaum, and in the...

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