Go Fish 3rd of Epiphany 26 January 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 behind? Not just nets, but a way of life, family obligations and a certain future? At the time in Palestine there was widespread poverty. Common people subsisted from day to day on meagre crops and paid heavy taxes to finance large building projects such as King Herod’s new Roman city of Sepphoris near Nazareth. Herod also transformed fishing into a large-scale industry by building large boats with slave crews and creating a centr

The Cat's Pyjamas

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 thought of this while on holiday travels and visited a public toilet that was brazenly named: GENT’S. One of the useful purposes of the apostrophe is to indicate the possessive form of a noun. It communicates belonging. ‘This’ belongs to ‘that’ as in ‘the cat’s pyjamas’. Taking out the apostrophe changes the meaning from one cat to any number of cats. John Richards, the founder of the Society gave up because of collective “laz

Baptism of Jesus. 12 January 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 (baptism of fire). We have been baptised into a new year with new possibilities, challenges and opportunities to face. The challenge of the new is that there is little to offer guidance on the right way. When Jesus approached John to be baptised by him in the Jordan, John was confused and reluctant at first. He knew Jesus, for they were related since Jesus’ mother Mary had visited John’s mother Elizabeth described as her cousin. John

Divine Disclosure The Epiphany 5 January 2020

Vicar’s Reflection: Divine disclosure. The Epiphany, 5th January 2020 We have lived with God’s disclosure in Christ for so long that we take it for granted. Just before Christmas I was standing in line at the checkout waiting to pay for some festive supplies. There was a Maori family ahead of me, an Asian family behind, a Pakeha at the till supervised by a Samoan manager, who came to check my age when the red flag for my bottle of wine came up. All chatting, working and waiting together in a good-natured buzz of anticipation for the celebrations ahead. Not all may have been Christian, but all were about to celebrate in their own way the feast of the incarnation of God in Jesus Christ. That e

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