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Everyday miracles Sunday 24th January 2021
When Jesus turns water into wine at a wedding in Cana he makes a blessing over something ordinary but essential. How best might we honour everyday essentials – water, breath, hope, time, each other – as precious gifts? What place do we give to the commonplace?
Fr. David Pepper reflects.
Teach me, my God and King
In all things Thee to see,
And what I do in anything
To do it as for Thee.
A man that looks on glass,
On it may stay his eye;
Or if he pleaseth, through it pass,
And then the heav’n espy.
All may of Thee partake;
Nothing can be so mean,
Which with this tincture—“for Thy sake”—
Will not grow bright and clean.
A servant with this clause
Makes drudgery divine;
Who sweeps a room as for Thy laws,
Makes that and th’ action fine.
This is the famous stone
That turneth all to gold;
For that which God doth touch and own
Cannot for less be told.
Sensible bodies Sunday 17th January 2021
St. Paul calls the Church ‘the Body of Christ’ – an injunction against reckless negligence and a call to move wisely and graciously through this world. But where can we go for guidance on this?
The Vicar, Robert Thompson reflects.
O thou who camest from above
the pure celestial fire to impart,
kindle a flame of sacred love
on the mean altar of my heart.
There let it for thy glory burn
with inextinguishable blaze,
and trembling to its source return
in humble prayer, and fervent praise.
Jesus, confirm my heart’s desire
to work, and speak, and think for thee;
still let me guard the holy fire,
and still stir up thy gift in me.
Ready for all thy perfect will,
my acts of faith and love repeat,
till death thy endless mercies seal,
and make my sacrifice complete.
Darkness into light Sunday 10th January 2021
At his baptism enters the dark waters of the River Jordan, fathoming the depths of our human condition. He is the light that keeps on shining. Our darkness gives the light a home. Fr. David Pepper reflects.
Lead, kindly light, amid the encircling gloom,
Lead thou me on;
The night is dark, and I am far from home;
Lead thou me on;
Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene: one step enough for me.
I was not ever thus, nor prayed that thou
Shouldst lead me on;
I loved to choose, and see my path; but now
Lead thou me on.
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will: remember not past years.
So long thy power hath blest me, sure it still
Will lead me on,
O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone,
And with the morn those angel faces smile,
Which I have loved long since, and lost a while.
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Christmas connection Advent Sunday 2020
On Advent Sunday we prepare to receive God’s message to humanity, reaching out to us undaunted in his Son’s saving birth. God is determined to spend Christmas with his Loved Ones this year, as ever.