March 26, 2020

Vicar’s Reflection: Passion Sunday. Sunday 29th March 2020, Lent 5

In ancient Greek sporting contests such as the first Olympic Games the events were called agons or agonies which means conflict, struggle or contest. This could be a contest in athletics, in chariot or h...

March 20, 2020

Vicar’s Reflection: Covid-19. Sunday 22nd March 2020, Lent 4

Dear friends, we are living through unprecedented times. The concern about the spread of virus Covid-19 has led to this announcement from our Archbishops (in part) as follows: “The Archbishops and Bishops of t...

March 6, 2020

Vicar’s Reflection: The Grasping Reflex.

Sunday 8th March 2020, Lent 2

By the time a birth takes place a lot has happened. The one to be born has grown from two microscopically small fused seeds; and the one giving birth has their whole anatomy stretched and altered. The...

February 28, 2020

Vicar’s Reflection: The Wobbly Truth. Sunday 1st March 2020, Lent 1

There are different kinds of knowledge. An instruction book on riding a bike is of little help for your first wobbly start on two wheels. Our reading from Genesis today leaves us puzzled about why God s...

February 20, 2020

Vicar’s Reflection: All at sea. OS 7, 23rd February 2020

When you are at sea there are no roads or traffic signs. There are rules of seamanship that govern how ships behave when they encounter each

other on the high seas. Ships are meant to pass to the right (starboard)...

February 14, 2020

Vicar’s Reflection:  Ordinary Sunday 6, 16th February 2020

Someone once challenged me with the question: “Can you prove the existence of God?”; implying that if I could then he would believe. As often happens with questions like this, the way it is framed creates a prob...

February 7, 2020

Vicar’s Reflection: Just one tick! Ordinary Sunday 5, 9th February 2020

I use lists. Sometimes I write them down, sometimes they are just in my head. A written list is best, provided you don’t lose it. This happened to a certain Catholic lady out shopping once. She had...

January 23, 2020

Vicar’s Reflection: Go fish. 3rd of Epiphany, 26th January 2020

Peter, Andrew, James and John were called by Jesus to leave their nets, follow him and catch people, not fish. A sudden and enthusiastic change of direction!  Did they understand what they were leaving behi...

January 17, 2020

Vicar’s Reflection: The Cat’s Pyjamas. 2nd of Epiphany, 12th January 2020

Well sadly, the Apostrophe Protection Society was disbanded in December last year. The Society was formed to preserve the correct use of this very useful but poorly understood punctuation mark. I...

January 9, 2020

Vicar’s Reflection: Baptism of Jesus. [2nd of Epiphany], 12th January 2020

Baptism is about new beginnings. In the world of business or industry the terms ‘baptism’ or ‘christening’ are used to mark the beginning of a new venture or overcoming first difficulties (baptis...

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