Easter 3: Ghosts, visions, apparitions, and spooks

The ancient world knew all about ghosts, visions, apparitions, and spooks. Amen. Luke 24:36b-48 “Searching” is the word used to describe what happens to many of us when someone we love has died. For example,...

Easter 2: Peace be with you

When suddenly he was there in the midst of them; “Peace be with you,” he said. Amen. John 20:19-31 Peace be with you, a phrase we use very often in church, both in the liturgy and as a general greeting, just...

“The Lord is Risen!” “He is Risen indeed!”

“The Lord is Risen.” “He is Risen indeed.” Amen. How many of us, I wonder, having listened to our Bible readings in the past, said our prayers and believed we had cracked it, this business of being a Chr...

Lent 5: Not for after dinner conversation?

We all know there are three things that cannot be talked about. You know them, don’t you? Religion, sex, and politics. But have we got it wrong? We do talk about those things. We just do it really badly. There...

Lent 4: Happy Mothering Sunday

Happy Mothering Sunday. Amen. Whatever the circumstances or makeup of our own family there is one certainty, we all have or had a mother. It may not always be the one who gave birth to you, an adopted mother...

It was business as usual

It was business as usual. He was speaking of the temple of his body. The religious people that day just didn’t get it. They didn’t understand that he was talking about the temple of his body because they were...

Lent 2: “If any want to become my followers…”

Just imagine, it’s several years after Jesus’ death and resurrection. The disciples are together. They are talking about the good old days, laughing, teasing, and reminiscing the way friends who have shared a...

Lent 1: The Milestones in Life

The Milestones in Life. At some point we all leave home. It is something we do throughout our lives. Over and over we leave home. We’ve all done it. We leave home physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We...

Ash Wednesday 2021: God’s approval is our greatest treasure

Jesus told the crowd, who were gathered to hear his sermon on the mount, that they should avoid showing off their devotion. After hearing his words read in church today, we are marked with ashes, and then we...

The Transfiguration of our Lord.

The Transfiguration of our Lord. Mark 9: 2-9 It was in 1922, when George Leigh (Maloree) Mallory answered the question “why do you want to climb Everest?” he first coined that famous quote, “Because it’s...

‘And the Word became flesh and lived among us.’

“And the Word became flesh.” When we are babies we are not born with language, we have no words, they have to be learned and that process begins before birth. The baby hears the mother’s voice and becomes...

Candlemas: Lord, now let your servant depart in peace

Lord, now let your servant depart in peace. Luke 2:29 Candlemas, a day in the liturgical year when traditionally, bees wax candles are blessed, lit and brought into the church. It is also the last day of the...

Epiphany 2: “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

“Speak, for your servant is listening.” Words from the Book of Samuel. Amen. More years ago than I care to remember I was shown the Chinese Character for listening. We were told that it contains five...

Baptism of Christ 2021

“You are my son, the beloved; in you I am well pleased”. Mark 1 4-11 Have you ever had one of those days when wanted to repeat the day again? A day when you wanted to start over again? There are so many...

Epiphany 2021: In the time of King Herod

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its...

Glory to God in the highest heaven

“Glory to God in the highest heaven” “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those he favours.” Lk2:14. Amen. 2020-12-27 SMM East Window detailGosh, all that planning, shopping, wrapping...

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! May I speak in the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. “He’s behind you.” Oh no he isn’t! Oh yes he is! The villan of the piece is always behind you. Here we are in the midst of...

Advent 4: My Soul Doth Magnify The Lord

‘My Soul Doth Magnify The Lord’ Annunciation windowI have a confession to make, sometimes and especially at Evensong when I am tired, I gaze up at the window in the Lady Chapel of Mary and the Angel. Mary’s...

Advent 3: He grew up strong in spirit…

He grew up strong in spirit… A gift for Zechariah and Elizabeth in their old age. John the Baptist, who’s candle we light today was a prophet, perhaps the greatest of them all. John encouraged all those who ...