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‘Sing the Chiefest Joy of Mary’ – A Sermon for the Feast of the Assumption of the BVM

A great pop moment of the 80s was the video for Diana Ross’ ‘Chain Reaction.’ Here Miss Ross can be see with huge hair wearing a giant sparkling fish-tail dress, on a revolving stage with fireworks exploding all around her. It really is one incredible moment of fabulousness! The Feast of the Assumption is sometimes imagined in this way, especially by some of the more baroquely minded of the Christian …Read More

‘For those in Peril on the Sea’ – A Homily for Sea Sunday

Both the psalms and Isaiah speak eloquently of the dangers of the sea. They speak of the watery Leviathan, a sea monster that threatens chaos and destruction. And whereas in the book of Job the watery Leviathan becomes the most potent sign of God’s mysterious grandeur, the greatest and most dangerous of his works; in the book of Genesis it is reduced to a mere play-thing for the divine, just …Read More

‘Divine Hospitality, Divine Rejection’ – A homily on Matthew 10.40-42

Moving back to the UK has been more difficult than I thought it would be, as this time I’ve been moving back with my partner, someone not from here, an outsider if you like. These last few months have been both amazing and difficult, and Cam has sometimes felt he’s not welcome here as he has struggled to even speak with another human being in what has at times felt …Read More

‘Sharing a banquet with the divine’ – A homily for Corpus Christi

One of my favourite icons is Rublev’s Trinity, a beautiful re-imagining of an even more ancient narrative from Genesis, that of God’s mysterious visit in the form of three strangers to Abraham and Sarah. An image and a story of hospitality and welcome around a meal where humanity and divinity meet face to face as if they are old friends. Spending some time before Rublev’s icon, you get a sense …Read More

“With Red Balloons & Happy Birthdays” – How Not to Do Pentecost

Too often we only think of Pentecost in terms of the birthday of the Church, and we long to blow out candles on our own cake and sing happy birthday to me. And yet the symbolism that Luke uses in his portrayal of Pentecost is far deeper than all of that. Wind and fire as symbols of the Spirit are energetic and dangerous, renewing and destructive, dynamic and uncontrollable. The …Read More

A Homily for the Feast of the Ascension

There are always two images that strike me when I begin thinking about the Feast of the Ascension. The first is from the Anglican Shrine at Walsingham in Norfolk, where you can find the Chapel of the Ascension. Above the altar you can see two feet disappearing into a cloud. I think I remember that the feet actually poke out from the canopy and for me at least, it gives …Read More

Joy & Expectation from Fr. David

God our healer, whose mercy is like a refining fire, touch us with your judgement, and comfort us with your tenderness, that being comforted by you, we may reach out to a troubled world. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord Amen This week we are called out to rejoice at the imminent birth of the Messiah in our scripture readings. Are you ready or not in the mood yet to be …Read More

Christ the King Sunday

Faced with the growing brutality of Mussolini’s racism and wanting to emphasise Christ’s non violent kingship and rule, in 1925, Pope Pius XI designated the last Sunday in the Church’s year as Christ the King Sunday, and this tradition has been regularly kept since 1970.  It is also to celebrate the all embracing authority of Jesus Christ. At Jesus’s trail he was questioned about his claim to be king. He …Read More

All Souls Day

In the Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church it says of All Saints Day… The feast is kept on the 01.11.2016 to celebrate all the Christian saints and martyrs known and unknown and has been kept since the fourth and sixth century AD. All Souls Day [02.11.2016] follows All Saints Day and has been kept since 918 AD A time of celebration and giving thanks for all those who have …Read More

Multifaith Service on Sunday 17.07.2016

Members of the great world religions and no religion welcome to our Mulifaith Vigil for Baghdad & Nice and other areas of our torn world. We are here to stand alongside one another, to light candles, to pray, and to remember all those in our world who have died as a result of terrorism in Nice, Baghdad, Syria, Iraq, Bangladesh , France, Belgium, Orlando, Israel, Palestine, Texas and Dallas in …Read More