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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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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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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…

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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…

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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…