Christ the King: What Sort of Kingdom?

The Reverend Margaret Legg

Stir up Sunday

Stir up Sunday was how the last Sunday before Advent was known when I was a child and it really was when Mum stirred up her Christmas Pudding. This was in the days of the Book of Common Prayer and the Collect begins ‘Stir up we beseech Thee, O Lord, the wills of your faithful people that they may plenteously bring forth the fruit of good works…

All Saints': Holding fast to belief

The Reverend Margaret Legg

All Saints’ Day follows Hallowe’en – the Eve of All Hallows Day.

Some of the decorations are still around – it’s big nowadays. Sign of the lighted pumpkin and 55 treats in half an hour. Pumpkin was taken in!!

Ancient Celtic festival of the dead: SAMHAIN. We’re increasingly fascinated by the dark, sinistra, the left. The treats are a way of trying to make light of what is frightening and to appease the ghosts and ghoulies. This fascination is linked to that kind of perverse pleasure that enjoys the misfortune of others (photos of traffic accidents), that almost hopes good people will go wrong.

Trinity 8: Free Spirit?

The Reverend Dan Warnke

Mark 6.30-34, 53-end

As many of you know I’m Dan, the new Assistant Curate here at St John’s, and it is simply wonderful to be here with you this morning.  Some of you I’ve met, others I’m yet to have the pleasure, but I’m so grateful for the kindness you’ve all shown me, particularly for your enduring patience in continually reminding me of your names! As former Archbishop, Michael Ramsey, once said to a group of deacons gathered in anticipation of their imminent ordination, we are called “to be with God with the people on our heart”.  And this is my hope: to be with God with you on my heart.

Trinity: Two Daughters

The Revd Margaret Legg

Fear is something, it seems to me, that we all experience at one time or another. Perhaps that’s why it crops up so often in the Gospels. Last week it was the disciples who were afraid, tossed about in the tempest in their little boat while Jesus slept). This week both Jairus, the synagogue leader and the woman suffering from haemorrhages experience fear, for quite different reasons.

Trinity: "Following" Jesus

The Reverend Margaret Legg

I love my new Smart phone. I know Steve you’re wondering about upgrading your Nokia 6210. Go for it: you can enjoy What’s App groups, photos, apps (bus times, free prints)
Just imagine if Jesus had used a Smartphone! Thousands of followers -  the system may well have crashed from overwhelming numbers of users. BUT... would he have used one? I ask because they can lead to a somewhat restricted way of life. And readings are about a full life. Life in all its fullness. Life lived as Jesus models it, based on love for all and service to all.