The story of Tabitha: looking after the ordinary stuff of life

Reading: Acts 9:36-43 In the Acts of the Apostles Luke tells us stories from the life of the early church, which are usually about significant events. But every now and then he changes gear – from history-changing moments to small, domestic ones. That’s what we have today. We’re in an upstairs room in an ordinaryContinue reading “The story of Tabitha: looking after the ordinary stuff of life”

What fruit will we bear?

Sunday, 3 March Readings: Isaiah 55:1-9; Psalm 63:1-8; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Luke 13:1-9 When tragedy strikes, when we’re faced with suffering, it’s natural to ask ‘why?’ Why did this happen? Why this innocent person? Why me? Why is a very big question, and often it’s not seeking an answer but simply wanting to be heardContinue reading “What fruit will we bear?”

Rebuilding the temple

Evensong, 3 February 2013 Readings: Haggai 2:1-9 & John 2:18-22 I suspect that the prophet Haggai isn’t in the top ten of your favourite books of the Bible. It’s tiny: just two chapters long and tucked away between the ‘Zs’: Zephaniah and Zechariah, and it appears very rarely in our lectionary readings. Like all prophecies,Continue reading “Rebuilding the temple”

The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

3 February 2013 Luke 2:22-40 Liturgically, we seem to be in a time machine. We had Jesus as a baby, then as a twelve year old in the temple, then his baptism when he was about thirty – and now we go backwards to when he was forty days old, as his parents perform twoContinue reading “The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple”

“Be worthy of our calling”

This sermon was given by Canon Deborah Broome at the service to license Rev Alister Hendery as our new priest-in-charge on 27 January 2013. Readings: Ephesians 4:1-7,11-13; Genesis 12;1-7 We gather here today to begin a new chapter in the story of this parish, a new stage in the mission and ministry of the people ofContinue reading ““Be worthy of our calling””

Family learning activity: Love one another (4th Sunday in Advent)

Today is the fourth Sunday in Advent. Advent is the time we prepare for Jesus at Christmas time. Today we light the candle for love, which reminds us of Jesus’ love for us and our love for each other When you go away on holiday, you usually leave your neighbours with a set of instructions:Continue reading “Family learning activity: Love one another (4th Sunday in Advent)”

Family learning activity: Finding joy (3rd Sunday in Advent)

Today is the third Sunday in Advent. Advent is the time we prepare for Jesus at Christmas time. Today we light the candle for joy, which reminds us of how Jesus brings joy to our lives.  What is something you really enjoy doing?  Who do you enjoy doing it with? We can find joy inContinue reading “Family learning activity: Finding joy (3rd Sunday in Advent)”