Chalking the Lintels

Today in Church we chalked the lintels a wonderful tradition full of symbolism and meaning full of mission and outreach, full of joy and blessing.  What is chalking the lintels I hear you cry. Well once the magi have left for home by another route, avoiding that rapscallion Herod, leaving the gold, frankincense and myrrh…

The Journey Home

We travelled back in a great rush telling everyone we met along the way about the child, everyone that is except Herod. Some scoffed at us when we told them. Not because they didn’t want it to be true, for they were among those who had been waiting, counted themselves among the promised stars.  No…

Nativity Tree

I haven’t been doing much painting of late other than this based on Luke’s account of the Nativity: While it is lying flat, in this the only picture before it was gifted, it is made to stand.  I wanted to do something that was a bridge between the commercialism and religion of Christmas and when…

Blue Christmas Service

This is the liturgy used for this years Blue Christmas Service.  There is lots of music suitable for such occasions, I know some people sing and there could be responses, but I choose to leave it a place where people can just come and be, without needing to sing, or stand or join in responses.…

Advent IV

Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock!You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh.Stir up your might, and come to save us!Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.O Lord God of hosts, how long will you be angry with…

Advent Psalms – Friday of Week Three

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us,that your way may be known upon earth, your saving power among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you. Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples…

Advent Psalms – Thursday of Week Three

I have a love hate relationship with The Message version of the Bible, and the psalms are often where that dichotomy is strongest, however Psalm 30 falls very firmly into the love side.  For me this translation makes the psalm very real, grounded in my life here and now rather than words and ideas being…