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Thought for the week from Fr David

We are now living in post-resurrection times and we are asked to reflect on what it means to be a disciple of Jesus, a follower of him in 2016. Just think back it is hard to imagine a more horrible death, nor one in which a dying person was more degraded. Yet early Christianity insisted upon seeing this appalling torture as a triumph by a victorious Christ. Consider Paul who, …Read More

John: 12:1-8 Reflection for the Week

We have walked and studied and reflected in this year’s season of Lent, and we are now moving to the climax of our journey Passion Sunday / Holy Week / Good Friday & Easter morning, where our faith once again is made real, and expresses who and what we are as Christian pilgrims, both in the shadow of the cross, and the continual resurrection experience of our everyday lives. Lent is …Read More

18.01.2016 -25.01.2016 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

With all the trouble spots in the world, of violence, death, destruction, killing, and most recently the murderous killing  by IS in Indonesia and Turkey, affecting innocent people, of all faith or none. I wanted to offer some thoughts on my Pilgrimage Journey & Way of St James to Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain as a Prayer & Meditation for the end to senseless killing and death, which I …Read More

Climate Change and Christians

Archbishop Rowan Williams and Pope Francis on why theology matters and why we need to wake up to our responsibilities as Christians. Read article here:  Climate Change and Christians v13.10 On 2 October, a number of us from All Saints were crammed into a hall at Firle Place to hear former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams speak on Christianity and the Environment. He was responding to Pope Francis’ “extra-ordinary” encyclical, On …Read More

Sermon for Easter

I was talking to my spiritual director this week about the events of Holy Week and Easter and I said: I feel a resistance to being defined by this story  and she said it’s not a story it’s a relationship.  And then I paused because I wasn’t sure if that was just a statement or a kind of rebuke. In today’s Gospel we read the story of Jesus appearing to …Read More

Sermon for 3rd Advent, December 14th 2014

Mid Advent, and John the Baptist in particular, throws us into the midst of a dramatic turn from judgement to joy.  And, in fact John the Baptist in some ways epitomises both.  He both warns us of the coming judgment but also bears witness to the light. But it is easy in our present culture to be bad at both, constantly judging others and ourselves in ways which are destructive …Read More