Lent 2018

Lent 2018

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’.