Lent 5 ~ Mo Lunn

Lent Five May I speak in the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.                                                          Amen. We don’t know why Lazarus falls ill and ultimately dies. Medical knowledge was limited and the drugs we rely on were simply not created yet. We simply know that when the news came to Jesus that his friend was very ill, it … Read More

Ash Wednesday 2020 ~ Stop/Start Lent

Recently I changed my car, and it has one of those clever systems such that when the car stops at traffic lights, the engine cuts out, saving fuel and creating no emissions. It’s a small thing, but if lots of vehicles do it then it will make some small difference to environmental pollution no doubt. Perhaps you know how these … Read More

Vicar’s Blog March 2018

Vicar’s Blog ~ March 2018 Dear Friends, This year we began Lent on St Valentine’s Day, and will end it on April Fools’ Day, and we have not had a year like this since 1945! It means we began the season with a secular focus on love and will end it on foolishness. Both of these lie at the heart … Read More

Vicar’s Blog January 2018

Vicar’s Blog ~ January 2018 Dear Friends, Happy New Year! And Happy Christmas! Christmas is not over yet… Whether you have taken your decorations down or not, we continue to bask in the glow from the Christmas Crib throughout January, until we turn towards Lent after Candlemas. That said, we have had an excellent Christmas weekend at St Mary Magdalene’s, … Read More

Light at Night

Do you have any of those nightlights in your home? I mean the ones that come on when you walk past them, or which are perhaps on all the time, glowing gently to illuminate any nocturnal trips, perhaps to the bathroom, or even the fridge for a midnight snack. Do you ever do that? No, nor do I! Sometimes children … Read More

Take That Call

Perhaps you have heard on the news, that it is now twice as bad to use a mobile phone while driving than it was last week. The government have, rightly, decided that the previous punishments for doing so were too lenient, and people are actually getting killed as a result. Sadly, such an incident happened several years ago, only yards … Read More

Ash Wednesday Communion

St Mary Magdalene

Cross of ashes

Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of blessing ashes made from palm branches blessed on the previous year’s Palm Sunday, and placing them on the heads of participants to the accompaniment of the words “Repent, and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return”. Join us this Ash Wednesday to … Read More

Ashes to Ashes

Do you have a real fireplace in your home? Many homes still do have a functioning grate and chimney and an open fire in the living room has become a nostalgic, symbolic reference to an age from which we have thankfully moved on. And even if we may not have or want one, they are still to be found in … Read More

Fifth Sunday in Lent 2016

Cast your mind back to 10th February. Lent began on 10th February – Ash Wednesday – which was 32 days ago. That’s more than a month, even given we had that extra day in February, when everyone on a salary had to work for nothing. And everyone on a pension had a day without income! So I don’t know whether … Read More

Third Sunday in Lent 2016

There are some pretty horrible things going on in the world at the moment, aren’t there? On a daily basis we see civil war and terrorism in Syria, conflicts in Central Africa and our news bulletins always have something new and nasty to tell us about. This week we heard of terrible goings on in Yorkshire and of how the … Read More

Ash Wednesday 2016

Lent is something that belongs to the church and not to the world. For sure, some people talk of giving something up for Lent, of going to the gym more, or of going on a diet. Lent is a good time to do this, but that isn’t what Lent is intended for, even if it is used for that nowadays. … Read More

Maureen’s First Eucharist

It’s been a rollercoaster week hasn’t it? Last Sunday we were here together, with Bishop Michael as Maureen was ordained a priest in the church of God. We shared in the service and in fellowship and food afterwards. It was truly a rare event for us, and over a decade since we last had an ordination here – of Jackie, … Read More

Take up your cross

I spent some of this past week in Yorkshire – God’s own county – in fact in Leeds. I’ve never been to Leeds before, so that was a nice little adventure, although I was in conclave preparing a new edition of the New English Hymnal. Part of the fun for me, is the train ride, although both going and coming … Read More

Regret, Repentance and Resolution

In Jericho today you can make a journey on the world’s longest below-sea level cable car up to to the Mount of Temptation. It is supposed that this is the place where Jesus was tempted by Satan, from which he was invited to survey and rule all the kingdoms of the world, in return for serving Satan. The site was … Read More

The 3Rs of Lent

Let me give you a quick roundup of the last week or so: Sky TV paid £5.136bn for football rights. Islamic State beheaded 21 Coptic Christians. The Bishops of the Church of England upset the government by talking about politics and welfare again. The film ‘50 shades of Grey’ became a huge box office success on its first day. A … Read More

Lent 3 ~ Only Connect

John 2:13-21 In the week that a new Dean of St Paul’s has been appointed, swiftly in the wake of the evictions from St Paul’s Churchyard of the remaining protesters against capitalism, it is ironic that this gospel passage should be read today. Ironic – or serendipitous. Serendipitous – there’s a good word – so good I was advised not … Read More