‘Other-focused’ people make a better place

To wear a mask or not to wear a mask? That is one of the more immediate and practical questions of the day. Have you managed to get hold of one? Is yours homemade? Patterned? Shaped or pleated? Do you wear one because it makes you feel safer, or not wear one because you don’t want to appear fearful? Do you wear one because it’s asked for in that setting or not wear one because they are uncomfortable in this warmer weather? Do you make the decision for the sake of others or for your own sake? Continue reading

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Worship at Home resources for Sunday 14 June – with new video version

Here are the locally produced resources for Worship at Home this Sunday, 14 June. This Sunday in addition to the usual pack of written Worship at Home resources we are trialling a new streamed video version of the same resources. All the details are below with attachments or links, or you find the same information from this page of my blog or on the St Mary’s Hardwick website: www.stmaryshardwick.org Continue reading

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Worship at Home resources for Sunday 7 June, Trinity Sunday

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Here are the locally produced resources for Worship at Home this Sunday, 7 June, Trinity Sunday. The prayers, readings and reflection this Sunday are all on the theme of God as Trinity – Three in One. Continue reading

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Fragments of a just kingdom

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Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ This quotation from Martin Luther King has been in the media over the last week or so as a kind of call to action.

We may respond to this call as individual human beings, whether Christian or not. However, the ancient wisdom of the Bible makes it clear that to act in the cause of justice is an essential part of God’s requirement to those who want to be His people (and waving the Bible as a political prop is not at all the same thing). From the prophet Amos speaking God’s words against corrupt practices and hollow responses, ‘let justice roll on like a river and righteousness like a never failing stream’, to Jesus’ proclamation that he had come to bring freedom for the oppressed (Amos 5:24 & Matthew 4:18-19), the call for peace and justice is threaded through the Old and New Testaments. As followers of Jesus we have no choice but to work for a better society. Continue reading

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A reflection for the day before Pentecost – the practice of ‘Alleluia’

A reflection for the day before Pentecost, in this Lordsbridge series for ‘thy kingdom come’. Today’s focus is the practice of ‘alleluia’.

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A reflection for the Friday before Pentecost – the practice of lament

A reflection for the Friday (although in the video I say ‘Thursday’) before Pentecost, in this Lordsbridge series for ‘thy kingdom come’. Today’s focus is the practice of lament.

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A reflection for the Wednesday before Pentecost – the practice of openness

A reflection for the Wednesday before Pentecost, in this Lordsbridge series for ‘thy kingdom come’. Today’s focus is the practice offering or of openness.

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A reflection for the Tuesday before Pentecost – asking for and receiving forgiveness

A reflection for the Tuesday before Pentecost, the fourth in a series of short video reflections for the 10 days running up to Pentecost Sunday. Days in which we are called to pray ‘thy kingdom come’. Today’s focus is the practice of asking for and receiving forgiveness.

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A reflection for the Monday before Pentecost – the practice of thankfulness

This is a reflection for the Monday before Pentecost, the third in a series of short video reflections for the 10 days running up to Pentecost Sunday. Days in which we are called to pray ‘thy kingdom come’.

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A reflection for the Saturday after Ascension Day – Who are you praying for?

This is the second in a series of short reflections for the days between Ascension Day and Pentecost when we are called to pray ‘thy kingdom come’.

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