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Just before we get into Lent

I spent a few days in Milan at the beginning of this month.  I could have spent a few months, not gone to any additional places and still not seen everything that was on offer.  Over on Facebook I have been boring people with album, after album, after album of photos from the trip, but…

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Remembering a Smile

This week we said farewell to Edna.  She had, in my opinion, the most incredible smile.  May she rest in peace and rise in glory. She was already frail when first I met her. Small and frail, a puff of wind could have blown her away like a crisp autumn leaf. Her smile though, that…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…