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: "10 Years at St John's"

The Reverend Margaret Legg

The new £1 coins; have you got used to them yet? My son’s not too keen. When I asked him why he replied, ‘I don’t like change!’ Well, 10 years ago I had to get used to change, when I stepped out of the front door for the first time wearing a dog collar and clerical garb, to walk through the park to St James Sussex Gardens for my Deaconing. I felt the eyes of each person I passed were boring into me. Now I’m glad to say that self-consciousness has gone.

Trinity: "A little tourism is a great thing"

The Reverend Margaret Legg

‘What would you say Italy is like?’ I've just spent three packed days in Sorrento: Pompeii, roman villa San Marco of the fabulously wealthy and the Versailles of Italy, the Royal Palace of Caserta outside Naples, once a private home of the Bourbon Kings and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was great albeit brief holiday. But if you were to ask me ‘What would you say Italy is like?’ I would struggle to reply.

Trinity: "Go on you've earned it!"

The Reverend Robin Sims-Williams

I remember as a young graduate, first working as an Engineer, sitting in meetings, desperately trying to follow all the acronyms and unfamiliar catch phrases. At one point, discussing who was going to do certain jobs, somebody said they were going to do the job because they were part of the Federation. I felt like I was in an episode of Star Trek.

Trinity: "Calvin Klein and Travis Fimmel"

The Reverend Antonio García Fuerte

I am not sure if the name “Travis Fimmel” would ring any bells to you. He is an Australian actor, who lives in LA. You might recognise him from TV Series The Beast, or The Vikings in the History Channel, or the movie Warcraft or, out in the cinemas now, Finding Steve McQueen. What most people have forgotten is how he was discovered and came to be famous.

Trinity: the Sower and the Seed

The Revd Antonio Garcia Fuerte

I have been following with a lot of interest in the last few weeks, the news about EU citizens' rights following Brexit. While some here in the UK say that the government is offering a “blank cheque” to the EU in this regard, European Prime Ministers say that the UK’s offer is “unspecific,” “ambiguous,” “slippery” and “abstract.”


Trinity: "3 Rs of Mission"

The Reverend Margaret Legg

Today’s Gospel reminds me of a joke: Jesus arrives at the pearly gates. The gatekeeper is delighted. A warm welcome. But who have you left in charge? He asks. The disciples, replies Jesus. WHAT??? Don’t worry, I know they betrayed me, ran away and locked themselves up after my resurrection because they were frightened, but I have trained them well.

Trinity: "Jazzy Improvisation"

The Reverend Robin Sims-Williams
Jazz Mass

Singing was first used in services, by monks, to carry the sound through large abbeys. Over the years these chants became more complicated, in an attempt to glorify God with the very sound of the words being read. Until church authorities, disapproving of this human influence, had the music simplified or removed all together. The authorities trying to limit the creativity of the people. And this cycle repeats throughout history.

Trinity: "In search of life"

The Reverend Robin Sims-Williams

One of the great things about being a parent in London is the fantastic collection of museums which are free to visit. It’s great to see children suddenly caught by a painting or a display that catches their imagination in some way. And of course, the great thing about it, is that as a parent it is an enjoyable place to spend an afternoon. But, if I get caught looking at something for too long, my 2 year old daughter is off. When that happens - All the great works of art and fascinating information must be left behind. The only thing that matters is locating her.

Trinity: "Peace and Tranquility of Mobile phones"

The Rev'd Robin Sims-Williams

There was an article in The Times this week about studies into the use of technology the studies showed that having things like smart phones does result in us being less competent at doing certain things. The ability to search things online at any moment leads to less effective memories, or to us having less skills.

Trinity: "On Artificial Intelligence, Ethics and the Gospel"

Imagine that you are driving down the M3, on a summer day, towards the sunny beaches of the South of England. You then take the A3 to enjoy the beautiful greens of Queen Elizabeth Country Park on your left and Buster Hill National Nature Reserve on your right. You admire the beauty. The roads are not too busy. Just a truck behind you.

Trinity: "Self-help v God-help and the Future Present Reality"

Last Thursday, I was watching one of my favourite programs on TV: QI. Stephen Fry and the rest of the guests discussed how cultural perceptions have shifted drastically in the past 100 years or so. One of the examples they quoted was regarding the Church itself. They argued that, up to the 19th century, the Church had much focussed in the afterlife, the reward or punishment that awaited in “the other side.” In contrast, on the 20th century, the Church is almost exclusively focussed in the present life, to the point, Stephen Fry said that “some churches in the USA are not very different from self support groups.”