Candlemas: "No Pain, No Gain"

The Revd Robin Sims-Williams

Before I begin I want to read from a great British Theologian of the 20th Century:

'Ooh!' said Susan, 'I'd thought he was a man. Is he - quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.'
'That you will, dearie, and no mistake,' said Mrs Beaver; 'if there's anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they're either braver than most or else just silly.'
'Then he isn't safe?' said Lucy.
'Safe?' said Mr Beaver; 'don't you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the King, I tell you.' [from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis]

Candlemas: "Groundhog Day"

The Revd Robin Sims-Williams

Happy Groundhog day!

While the world waits on the forecast of a groundhog in Pennsylvania to determine if Spring is coming early you have all risked the winter weather and joined us at St John’s - well done. I wonder if Phil doesn’t see his shadow, and therefore Spring is coming early, what things you will go home and do this afternoon? Will you be preparing your bathers ready for a summer of sunbathing in Hyde Park, or going through your summer wardrobe in hopes of another warm one.