Thanks Be – Psalm 138 (a response)

Grazie, Merci, Gracias, Arigato, Danke sehr. Whatever tongue whatever voice whatever word Thanks be. Thanks be Love that knows no bounds. Thanks be Love that knows no end. Thanks be for sound and sight of reflected glory, above, below, around, all around. Thanks be, for open eyes, for open ears, for open mouths, for open…

Encounter on the Beach

There is a phrase in the Scottish Episcopal Churches Eucharistic prayer for Easter: ‘welcoming weary fishers on the shore’. I would be hard pressed to pick a favourite resurrection appearance but this beach breakfast (referencing John 21) along with the Emmaus Road and Mary in the garden are my top three and while I am…

The Brokenness of Good Friday

All through Holy Week we have been retelling Mark’s Gospel (the we being All Saints and New Kilpatrick Church) MARKing Holy Week, each day we began with these words. This week we retell the story a story whose woven threads reach back through time and space and forward onto eternity. A story of love, love…

Desks for Play

Christmas came around and once more we decided to make gifts for the God children rather than buy them yet more toys.  The question was however what to make for the boy who loves lego and the girl that loves rainbows, and fairies, and unicorns, and making things. Well a lego desk for him.  With…

Striving for Peace

Today is the United Nations International Day of Peace, I find it telling and sad in equal measures that this initiative has never really taken off, after all who doesn’t want peace.  Well maybe a leader of a country or two, but let’s not get into that at this point. One of the things we…

You are Precious

This morning we used the Kenotic Bowls in Church.  I know I shouldn’t say this, but I thought they looked rather beautifully twinkling in the church lights.  Each bowl gathered this morning represented a member of the congregation, but also bigger than that, they were representative of all people.  People who are precious to God.…