Weekly Reflection – 30 June 2021

This is our last reflection. We have decided that these thoughts and prayers have run their course, and that it is time to look beyond this pandemic. This post-covid reality will be, I think, as uncertain as that which we encountered when first entering lock-down. We will need to treat it in the same way,Continue reading “Weekly Reflection – 30 June 2021”

Weekly Reflection – 23 June 2021

The Calling of Samuel (1 Samuel Chapter 3)  You have to admit that God is clever. You have to admit the Bible is clever. Look at the opening few lines of 1 Samuel Chapter 3:  1 Samuel 3 v 2-4 And it came to pass at that time, while Eli was lying down in hisContinue reading “Weekly Reflection – 23 June 2021”

Weekly Reflection 9 June 2021

“You are the salt of the earth…” These words, spoken by Jesus 2000 years ago have become common in our speech today. When we say someone is ‘the salt of the earth’ we mean they are good, reliable or ‘sound’ as they say in Ireland. It’s a nice compliment but it’s easy to forget whatContinue reading “Weekly Reflection 9 June 2021”

Weekly Reflection 26 May 2021

I can tell when I’m burnt out, because I’m using stuff to get me through the day. No illegal drugs here, but some legal substances: coffee in the morning to incentivise me to get up and moving, maybe a glass of wine that soothes the frazzled feeling in the evening. Headphones on when I’m walkingContinue reading “Weekly Reflection 26 May 2021”

Weekly Reflection – 19th May 2021

Over the last few years, the 4th of May has become known as Star   Wars Day. At Christmas we say, “Merry Christmas!”, at New Year   we say, “Happy New Year!”, on a birthday some of us say (and   some of us even sing!), “Happy Birthday!” and now, on the 4th of   May we say, “MayContinue reading “Weekly Reflection – 19th May 2021”

Weekly Reflection – 12 May 2021

There is a well-known story in The Acts of the Apostles (in the new Testament) where Paul and Silas find themselves locked away in prison. It is one of those which we remember as having a happy ending. We celebrate with both men, God answering their prayers, an earthquake releasing them and the conversion ofContinue reading “Weekly Reflection – 12 May 2021”

Weekly Reflection – 5 May 2021

When I was preparing my sermon for last Sunday, I was going to include a piece about this picture by Albrecht Durer – then the trend of my thinking when in another direction and I didn’t use it. However the story and the picture stayed with me. Albrecht Durer (1471-1528) was the son of aContinue reading “Weekly Reflection – 5 May 2021”