divine R&R – just when we need it…

Have you ever found that after a huge event, you feel utterly depleted and empty? Last weekend I saw some dear friends who I had not seen for years, as they live abroad, and a few others as well. It was the most wonderful chaos of adults and kids and reunions. My friends stayed for […]

the refiner of silver

Sometimes life is not very comfortable – to put it mildly!! And in those moment, we may ask, what on earth is God doing? Why does he not rescue us out of this situation? One of the images that crops up repeatedly in the Old Testament, in the Prophets and the Psalms, is that of […]

The healing power of touch… touched by faith and touched by love

Gospel reading: Mark 5: 21-43 The therapeutic power of touch has been recognised in modern medical care.  Touch as an expression of focus on the patient as a person rather than as a case diagnosis brings a sense of the patient being valued as an individual. There is evidence that touch as a mark of loving […]

Singing Stars, foundations of the earth… mystery!

Job 38.4-7 4 ‘Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?    Tell me, if you have understanding.5 Who determined its measurements—surely you know!    Or who stretched the line upon it?6 On what were its bases sunk,    or who laid its cornerstone7 when the morning stars sang together    and all the heavenly beings[a] shouted for joy? I have always loved this passage […]

In the Power of the Spirit…

Sometimes the most powerful things in life are actually invisible. As I sit here writing, the wind is howling around the house. I can hear it. I can see the trees moving as they are buffeted by the wind. But I cannot actually see it – only the effect of it. But for all that […]

Biscuits as a metaphor for faith in life?

When you dunk a biscuit, do you just briefly introduce the biscuit to the tea in passing? Or do you give it a really good soaking? Or somewhere in between? A friend once asked me – you’ll have heard me say this one before – “with God, are you a weekday friend or a Sunday […]

powered by Jesus

God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. The readings for this week are all about abiding in God, being part of and being powered by God through Jesus. And this theme continues throughout May – our theme for sermons is “foundations for the future”. Covid […]

Who we are in what we do: love made visible

What does it mean to love? What does it really look like? St John gives us a clue when he writes (1Jn 3.18), “let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.” We talk a lot about love when we talk about God and being a Christian. But sometimes it can […]

peace, perfect peace…

Despite the fact that on Thursday I wrote about peace and presence, I find myself unable to let this go as my theme on this week’s gospel reading. Peace is what so many people truly desire – both around them and within them. And in our increasingly busy world, peace is one of the hardest […]

Peace and Presence…

Presence can be a very ambiguous word. Jesus’ presence among the disciples in this Sunday’s gospel reading likely caused more disturbance than peace. Mary Magdalene has told the others she has seen the risen Christ. Peter and John have seen the empty tomb. The couple from Emmaus who have encountered Jesus on their journey have […]