Monthly Archives: December 2019

Resolutions

Resolutions   The New Year does present a blank page to start again; psychologically it turns a page and it can feel like a fresh start. This is why resolutions are part of the New Year. Most fail – if … Continue reading

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They refused to be comforted

A sermon preached at St Michael and All Angel’s Edenham on Sunday 29th December 2019 at the Parish Eucharist and the Baptism of Rafferty Emmanuel Hawes. Matthew 2:16–18 [16] Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Christmas Morning

O Dayspring Breaking from the Virgin womb, Let your spirit Fall Like dewfall Upon me.   Drench my Heart and mind In your life; Which is light And love. (Meditation on Psalm 110 verse  3 -Coverdale translation – ‘The dew … Continue reading

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The Manger: Fontenay Abbey

  The Manger – Fontenay Abbey   The baby Is invisible To Ox and Ass. They devour Ravenous: Ignorant Of the eternal Sustenance Asleep In the hay.   Photo using 35mm film of the reredos at Fontenay Abbey ( Long … Continue reading

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THE BOY TREBLE

Lift up your voice and let it soar; With every breath exult more and more – In thrilling heights of purest sound. There is nothing on earth so simple, profound.   This masculine innocence of virgin simplicity, Will break and … Continue reading

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THE LIGHT SHINES IN THE DARKNESS!

  ‘The light shineth in the darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not’ (Authorised Version)   A sermon preached at Midnight Mass 2019 at Creeton Parish Church, Lincolnshire   There are very few places in the East Midlands less light … Continue reading

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Do not be afraid! The Virgin Birth is a fearful thing

  St Luke tells the story of the birth of Jesus from Mary’s perspective, St Matthew from Joseph’s. Both accounts wrestle with the same profound mystery; ‘how did Mary become pregnant and remain a Virgin? For both of them it … Continue reading

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The Family and Christmas!

Every sense is brought into play at Christmas, as indeed is every emotion. It is a time of profound spiritual richness. It is also a very busy time for nearly all of us and a time of disruption to our … Continue reading

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CHRISTMAS TELLY – A HEALTH WARNING

As a student in the early 1970’s I used to work in a Newsagent, it amazed me to see the clockwork regularity that customers turned up to buy their paper. It also amazed me at their anger and frustration if … Continue reading

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Keeping Faith

  Advent is a time of exhortation and urgency: keep awake, be ready! One resounding question rings out ‘when the Son of Man comes will he find faith on earth?’ The Lord’s question is a profound recognition of all the … Continue reading

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