annunciation

A World Changing Event

I have been spending some time of late exploring figures of Christ and Mary which are not the usual western images.  It all began because of what I was planning for Good Friday.  While there are lots of images out there of the Nativity and a number of the Annunciation, there are very few of Mary…

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Surprise Sunday

You might know it as something else like Low Sunday, I thought it was 2nd Sunday of Easter, but it turned out to be Surprise Sunday. This morning I walked into the church and thought, ut oh not very warm in here, a sense of dismay filled me.  I reached for the light switches and…

Wispa

What If?

Were you wondering what happened, well this is what I ended up saying. Not until we had gone right past the usual sermon slot, right past the Eucharist and even the blessing.  Then when they thought they were going to get to sing Thine be the Glory I stood there and asked.  What if? What…

Glory Broke from the Tomb

Alleluia?

As I type this it is 11pm with a dawn service at 7am, I also currently have no sermon for 10:30am and rather than writing a sermon I find myself here blogging, why? Well I find I have nothing to say for an Easter sermon, no that isn’t quite right, I have nothing new, nothing as…

Pieta by William Bouguereau

Not a Good Friday for Mary

This year the Good Friday fell on 25th March, the day on which the Church usually remembers the Annunciation, the visit of the angel to that young girl Mary nine months before Christmas, because you understand Jesus was born on 25th December. So for our Ecumenical Good Friday service we remembered Mary, Mary who saw…

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This is Not Jesus

Locally Stations of the Cross are held on a Monday evening, so to do them again today just didn’t feel right, yet that walk, that repetition, the images, the prayers all make this day a day that beats a heart, while Jesus’ stops beating. So today we walked round Jerusalem visiting the stations of the…

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Ready the Room

  Today as people arrived they were invited to come and sit at the table, around the table, a table of gathering, a table bare apart from patches of cloth, needles and thread.  We started to chat to play a game of cards, to do things that people do when they gathered, then someone picked…