• Thought for the week – 07/11/21
    Brothers and Sisters Only a few weeks after the brutal killing of Sir David Amess MP, I find myself less inclined than usual to mark Guy Fawkes Day. Part of me enjoys the fun, the fireworks and the opportunity for one last sausage and soup picnic before the year really is too cold, and part … [Read more…]
  • Thought for the week – 31/10/21
    Sisters and Brothers This Sunday falls on All Hallows’ Eve or Halloween as it has come to be called. The day before All Saints’ Day on the 1st and All Souls’ Day on the 2nd of November. It ushers in what has become a season of remembrance in the Church with Remembrance Sunday to follow. … [Read more…]
  • Thought for the week – 22/10/21
    Brothers and Sisters The founder of our Methodist movement, John Wesley, considered there to be two types of holiness: personal holiness, which is growing your personal relationship with God and social holiness, which is showing love to others through caring for their physical needs. This understanding takes very seriously such passages in the Bible as … [Read more…]
  • Thought for the week – 17/10/21
    Brothers and Sisters Last week, I spoke a little about personal holiness, and today I thought I would write on corporate holiness. 1 Peter 2:9 tells us: “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty arts of him who called … [Read more…]
  • Thought for the week – 10/10/21
    Brothers and Sisters,I have, incredible though it seems, been writing these “thoughts for the week” for a year now and thought that I would do a short series on holiness. I will look at personal holiness this week, corporate holiness next week and social holiness the week after. (Then I’m going on leave for a … [Read more…]
  • Thought for the week – 03/10/21
    I wonder how many of you remember the old hymn: When we walk with the Lord in the light of his WordWhat a glory is shed on our wayWhen we do his good will, he abides with us stillAnd with all who will trust and obey.Trust and obey, for there’s no other wayTo be happy … [Read more…]
  • Thought for the week – 26/09/21
    When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see… In Exodus, we read of Moses and the burning bush. It is one of our seminal stories and we are very familiar with it. Moses sees a bush burning without being consumed by the fire and he wonders how that could be. So he … [Read more…]
  • Thought for the Week – 12/09/21
    My diary is full of extra visits and services for baptisms and funerals at the moment, and I am made freshly aware of the cyclical nature of life where we celebrate birth and death. In the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, in the order for the burial of the dead, we have these words: “Man … [Read more…]
  • Thought for the week – 08/08/21
    Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians: 4 – 16 Are you a glass half-empty or a glass half-full sort of person? Do you read this and think “Every day I become a day older” or do you think, … [Read more…]
  • Thought for the week – 01/08/21
    Friends In Isaiah 40:30-31 we read this: Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. It is a reminder … [Read more…]
  • Thought for the week – 25/07/21
    Friends, Well, the long-awaited moment has arrived and this Sunday we can sing again in church. Freedom though has come with more of a whimper than a bang and although we travel hopefully, we know that it’s not all over yet. I am telling my children to remember this because in fifty years’ time their … [Read more…]
  • Thought for the week – 18/07/21
    Friends “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4. I wonder how many of you, like me, learned this in Sunday School and can still remember it, if not chapter and verse, then certainly remember the words. I wonder how many of you … [Read more…]
  • Thought for the week – 11/07/21
    Friends, I don’t know if you have been watching the football, and I write this before Wednesday’s semi-final. Up to this point in the Euros I have got on with things downstairs in my office, confident that I will be able to follow the game based on the cheers and groans of the rest of … [Read more…]
  • Thought for the week – 04/07/21
    Friends Did you known that this Sunday July 4th is to be the first ever national “thank you” day? I must admit that I have only just found out about it and have now discovered that this came about as a grass roots idea only a month ago and has now grown to something that … [Read more…]
  • Thought for the week – 27/06/21
    Friends, When the children were small, they had a book called “Little Bo Peep’s Library Book” by Cressida Cowell. It is the delightful story of Little Bo Peep who loses her sheep and is recommended to go to the library to find out how to find them. While there she goes to the Cookery section … [Read more…]
  • Thought for the week – 20/06/21
    Friends, Have you gone from “Isn’t the weather glorious?” to “It’s a bit too hot for me” I wonder? I think, much as I hate to admit it, that I have. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the wonderful weather, but it’s so hot! Hard to sleep, and too much to be out in the … [Read more…]
  • Thought for the week – 13/06/21
    Brothers and Sisters The weather really has changed and as we get out our sandals, we also start to experience something of the dirt and the dust on our feet that would have been the daily experience of Jesus and his contemporaries. That dust, in a world where walking was the usual way around, was … [Read more…]
  • Thought for the week – 06/06/21
    Brothers and Sisters, As I look out of the manse window, the weather has finally taken a turn for the better and even early in the morning, the sky is blue and clear. A friend has sent me a card to celebrate the May Bank Holiday which has bluebells and teddy-bears enjoying a picnic in … [Read more…]
  • Thought for the week – 30/05/21
    Brothers and Sisters Last week at the Circuit Safeguarders’ meeting we were discussing social media. How do we write and implement a good policy in the face of something which is so rapidly changing and which we only have to begin to understand and use ourselves for our young people to move on to something … [Read more…]
  • Thought for the week – 23/05/21
    After Jesus had been raised from the dead, he appeared to the disciples on more than one occasion. In the Gospel of Luke we read: Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead … [Read more…]