Trinity 16: True greatness

Trinity 16: True greatness Mark 9. 30-37 Do you want to be great? May I speak in the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.  ‘I am the greatest’ the mantra of Mohammed Ali, some thought it presumptuous, but he really was a very successful boxer. If we are honest that’s how we’ve lived in this very ‘me’ … Read More

Trinity 9: Food for thought

Trinity 9: Food for thought John 6.24-35 May I speak in the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. There are lots of idioms and sayings that include food but are not about food and we are familiar with the point being made when we hear them. A taste of paradise, I’ll eat my hat, or a grain … Read More

Trinity 7: Work, rest and pray

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Trinity 7 2021: Work, rest and pray May I speak in the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. When and where to get your rest. When small children are around it can prove almost impossible to get an uninterrupted conversation between adults. I have insisted that our grandchildren always say “excuse me grandma” with the promise that … Read More

Trinity 4: Touch and Faith

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“Trinity 4: Touch and Faith” Mark 5.21-43 May I speak in the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. It’s what we have all missed during this pandemic, touch. Our gospel today tells two different, but intertwined stories that involve touch: a dad desperately trying to save his daughter, and an unnamed woman desperately trying to save herself. … Read More

Trinity 2021: Nicodemus

Trinity Sunday: Nicodemus May the Almighty, who is, who was and shall be forever, continue to engage, enlighten and inspire us all the days of our life? Amen. If you had the opportunity to have a conversation with Jesus, what would you ask him? Nicodemus, the man in our gospel reading this morning, had just that opportunity. Nicodemus was a … Read More

Magazine June 2021

Parish Magazine ~ June 2021Due to the Coronavirus ‘Lockdown’ of March 2020 onwards, the Parish magazine is published mainly online and only a few copies printed for archival purposes. An announcement from Bishop Rob, the Bishop of Edmonton: From the Bishop of Edmonton Friends, I am delighted to let you know that the next Vicar of St Mary Magdalene, here … Read More

Priest’s Blog: May 2021

Priest’s Blog ~ May 2021 ASK: The Fifth Sunday of Easter – ‘I am the true vine’. “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower” (John.15:1) Dear friends, friends old and new, it is unnerving to read that God was willing to cut down anything in Jesus’ ministry that didn’t ‘bear fruit’, what does that mean … Read More

Pentecost 2021: They are all drunk!

Pentecost

They are all drunk! There were thousands of people milling around. It was a day of obligation, they had to be there to bring the Grain Offering to the Temple. It was the “Festival of Weeks” a celebration, a day to give thanks to God for the early wheat harvest. It was exactly fifty days after the Passover, a period … Read More

Easter7: “As you have sent me…”

“As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them…” John 17: 18 Have you ever had someone tell you they are praying for you? It’s likely we all have had people pray for us, but it is different when someone tells you they are praying for you. It might be when you are going through a … Read More

Easter 6: Love one another

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Love one another “Love one another with a pure heart fervently.” A line from one of my top ten anthems, and one that gave me the most embarrassing moment ever. I learnt this anthem in my twenties when I had a voice that had a range that enabled me to sing all the parts. One day on my walk from … Read More

Easter 5: The True Vine

The True Vine May I speak in the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. The Evangelists ‘Jews for Jesus’ often remark that Chapter 53 from Isaiah is the turning point in the conversion of many Jewish people, and today we read of Philip who was perhaps the first evangelist and of his encounter with an Ethiopian of … Read More

Priest’s Blog: April 2021

Priest’s Blog ~ April 2021 ASK: Easter Sunday. ‘The Lord is Risen’ ‘He is Risen Indeed’ Dear friends, friends old and new, Happy Easter! There was no way I was going to let another Easter pass us by without us sharing communion. My heartfelt thanks to everyone who has helped to make this possible. We still need to be very … Read More

Magazine May 2021

Parish Magazine ~ May 2021Due to the Coronavirus ‘Lockdown’ of March 2020 onwards, the Parish magazine is published mainly online and only a few copies printed for archival purposes. An announcement from Bishop Rob, the Bishop of Edmonton: From the Bishop of Edmonton Friends, I am delighted to let you know that the next Vicar of St Mary Magdalene, here … Read More

Easter 4: ‘The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep’

‘The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep’. Amen. John 10.11-18 He was 6’2” tall, with strawberry blond hair and a beard, as the girls would say now he was ‘fit’, he wore a long white robe, held a staff, and had a lamb draped around his neck. This is the earliest picture I can remember from my … Read More

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, there you are, in Tesco buying cakes for the after funeral tea, when you see him – or her. Just glimpses in the crowd, but … Read More

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 as Jesus used it in the upper room. During the pandemic we have needed the Peace of Christ in … Read More

“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 Christian. Then, out of the blue, wham, COVID happened, it knocked us so hard to the ground that we really needed Jesus … Read More

Priest’s Blog: March 2021

Priest’s Blog ~ March 2021ASK: The Second Sunday of Lent. “If any want to become my followers.” Dear friends, friends old and new, what a relief we had this week. We now know how the exit of the current lock down looks and we can begin to make flexible plans. Please don’t make rash decisions and put yourself or others … Read More

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 is, however, something we don’t talk about. Death. Yes, we acknowledge death when it happens but for the most part we don’t talk about death with any real depth or substance, and certainly no enthusiasm. We don’t deal with it. We deny it. We ignore it. We avoid it. No one wants to die.

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 or care giver all have the same role to play in our lives.
As I wrote about in early February, the foundations of our language and relationships begin even before we are born. I wonder what your mother was like. Mine was loving, generous but demanding. What was Mary like? I think we can learn a great deal about her mothering skills from what we read throughout the gospels.