Candles and Christ

This week we celebrate Candlemas. Before electricity, when candles were the main source of light, they were brought to Church at Candlemas and blessed for the year ahead.The churchy name for the day is “The Presentation of Christ in the Temple”. When Jesus...

A rock and a hard place

Some of you might know I have a soft spot for St. Peter. He is impetuous, loyal and generally like a lot of us; eager to please, desperately wanting to do the right thing but, often, showing his own vulnerability and misunderstanding. I like him for this, but I also...

Advent: Experience

Thursday 14th December All your works shall give you thanks, O Lord, and all your faithful shall bless you. They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom, and tell of your power.Psalm 45:10-11 Often people tell me they are reluctant to talk about God because they do...

Advent: Delight

Wednesday 13th December Have you not seen? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. Isaiah 40: 28 I sang in the church choir at my church from the age...

Putting down our nets?

30th November is St. Andrew’s Day. St Andrew was among the first group of Disciples whom Jesus called. I often wonder what it was about Jesus which captured his attention and made him decide to leave everything which he had and follow Him. Had Jesus been around...

Thanksgiving

I heard a sermon last week which ended with the question, “Are you grateful for the little things?” It was a really obvious thing to say but, in the silence that followed, I found myself looking around the Church I was in and thanking God that there were flecks of...