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The Game-Changing Spirit

Pentecost Readings: Acts 2. 1-21; Psalm 104. 24-36; Romans 8. 22-27; John 15. 26-27; 16. 4b-15 (view all) I wonder whether you managed to catch the Royal Wedding yesterday? It’s one of those events, depending on what kind of person you are, where you either have to catch it at all costs or you’ve been desperately trying to avoid it. As I was watching the wedding, the thing that all the TV commentators kept saying was that it was a…

A Distinctive Calling

Sunday After Ascension Readings: Acts 1. 15-17, 21-26; Psalm 1; 1 John 5. 9-13; John 17. 6-19 (view all) One of the most sacred tasks in priestly ministry is to minister to those who are close to death. I can still remember the first time I was asked to visit someone, a lady, who knew she only had a few more days to live. She was there in bed, with her daughter gathered in close to her, and there was…

Revolutionary Love

Sixth Sunday of Easter Readings: Acts 10. 44-48; Psalm 98; 1 John 5. 1-6; John 15. 9-17 (view all) Love! It’s a word used so often in our world today that in some ways it has lost its meaning. I love my wife, Amy, and often tell her, and I love my daughter, Evie, but I’ve also been known to wax lyrical about my love of music, of football, or even a good burger! In our gospel reading, Jesus repeats that famous command made…

Life with God

Fourth Sunday of Easter Readings: Acts 4. 5-12; Psalm 23; 1 John 3. 16-24; John 10. 11-18 (view all) A few weeks ago, Amy, Evie and I went up to the Lake District for few day’s break after Easter. Well, it rained for most of those days, but on the final day the weather was lovely, so we decided to visit Hilltop, famous for being Beatrix Potter’s house. But of course, when we arrived the car ahead of us took…

Ordinary Witnesses

Third Sunday of Easter Readings: Acts 3. 12-19; Psalm 4; 1 John 3. 1-7; Luke 24. 36b-48 (view all) One of the most exciting pieces of news I’ve ever had to share was the birth of our daughter, Evie. I don’t know whether you know this, but Evie is her nickname — her full name is Evangeline, which comes from the Greek word in the bible for ‘good news’. We wanted the world to know that she is good news, and…

Our Resurrection Family

Easter Day Readings: Isaiah 25.6-9; Psalm 118.14-21; Acts 10.34-43; John 20.1-18 (view all) I love this time of year, and I’m always reminded of being outside back home in Mid Wales, where I grew up. There are two things that always straight away let me know that it’s Spring time. The first is that there are daffodils springing up everywhere — all around the edges of my parents’ garden and on the grass verges on the side of the roads. And…

A new kind of King

Palm Sunday Liturgy of the Palms: Mark 11.1-11 Liturgy of the Passion: Isaiah 50.4-9a; Psalm 31.9-16; Philippians 2.5-11; Mark 15.1-47 (view all) For our first wedding anniversary, I decided to take Amy away for a weekend away in Paris. It’s the only holiday, as far as I can remember, that I completely organised myself. I booked a really reasonably-priced hotel close to the centre of Paris, near the Arc de Triomph, and sorted out train tickets and everything else we…

The hour has come

Passion Sunday Readings: Jeremiah 31.31-34; Psalm 51.1-13; Hebrews 5.5-10; John 12.20-33 (view all) One of the most difficult funerals I’ve had to take in my ministry so far, was for a young man in his twenties who had died of a drug overdose. It was one of those situations as a minister where there is just nothing you can say, and even finding any words to express that family’s grief, not just for their son but also for all their dreams…

But God…

Fourth Sunday in Lent Readings: Numbers 21. 4-9; Psalm 107. 1-3, 17-22; Ephesians 2. 1-10; John 3. 14-21 (view all) Our daughter Evie is reaching the age now, at 5 years old, where she is establishing her independence. She has begun to be able to play on her own and occupy herself, which is fantastic for me and particularly Amy my wife as it means she gets a bit more time. But the other development is just how much she…

The Way of the Cross

The Second Sunday of Lent Readings: Genesis 17. 1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22. 23 – 31; Romans 4. 13-25; Mark 8. 31-38 (view all) Until our daughter Evie was born, I hadn’t realised just how much thinking there is to do to be a good parent. I knew (at least to some extent!) that it would take time and effort, but I didn’t realise how much Amy and I would need to discuss and think through. What values did we want…

Bishop’s Lent Letter

First Sunday of Lent Bishop Richard’s Pastoral Letter for Lent was read in place of a sermon at all our services this Sunday. The letter introduces the Bishop’s Lent appeal, which will raise money for the long-awaited completion of building works at The Mayflower School in the Diocese of the Highveld. You can make a contribution towards the Lent appeal by placing your donation in the offertory plate in an envelope marked ‘Bishop’s Lent Appeal’.

St David’s 40th Celebration

Transfiguration Sunday Readings: 2 Kings 2.1-12; Psalm 50.1-6; 2 Corinthians 4.3-6; Mark 9.2-9 (view all) It’s so good to be together today to celebrate 40 years of St David’s Church! Celebrations are fantastic aren’t they? I can particularly remember my 22nd birthday celebrations. ‘Why?’ you might ask, ‘Isn’t your 21st birthday supposed to be the most significant?’ Well, my 22nd birthday was also the day that Amy, my wife, and I got engaged. I managed to persuade her — although…
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