the light shines in the darkness…

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1.5) Today is the turning of the year, the Winter Solstice, our darkest and shortest day, when the sun seems to stand still. From tomorrow there will be gradually more sunshine, the light growing longer each day as winter ebbs and […]

“Comfort & joy”? Are you kidding?!

This was my sermon for the Second Sunday of Advent 2020… “Comfort O Comfort my people! The voice crying out in the Wilderness, Make straight the Way of the Lord!” (Isaiah 40.1-11) If any year has felt like a wilderness, surely it must be this year! Since January when the news of the strange epidemic […]

Advent Sunday – getting ready & hopeful anticipation

Our Gospel reading today comes from a chapter of the Bible  (Mark 13) which is full of imagery of the world shaken to the core, of destruction, suffering and war.  And perhaps this seems to be a description of today: when we open a newspaper or watch news reports, we could be overwhelmed by the […]

Remembrance: Captain Sir Tom Moore

A homily for Remembrance Sunday by Lucy Gildersleeves, given at the Act of Remembrance at Charney Bassett, Oxfordshire War is a human invention, driven by human greed and human fear. War is a human tragedy – but so much more: war drags in and destroys human lives and livelihoods but also the lives and habitats […]

stories, the news, & Tolkien

Do you ever watch or read the news and just feel utterly overwhelmed? “News” nowadays by definition is stories of one disaster or mistake after another, whether it be death, injury, political error or manipulation. So rarely is there anything joyful. So pervasive is this that we even very often feel the need to preface […]