Rest

Over the past few months many of us have come to secretly appreciate the slower pace of life.  Working from home has made family life easier; caring for children and running a home have blended together, rather than racing into an office through peak hour traffic, and struggling to get home on time to manage family …

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Welcome

On this fourth week after Pentecost, the theme of our Scripture readings is – welcome.  ‘Welcome’ is a persistent theme throughout scripture, and welcome and hospitality for everyone, including the travelling stranger, was central to community life in ancient communities.  One of the key hospitality stories is of the patriarch Abraham and his wife Sarah who welcomed …

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Ordinary Friends

And so, this weekend, we arrive at Ordinary Time, that strange yet familiar part of the church calendar.  But life has been far from ordinary over the past few months, and I think we are all longing for some real ordinary time, in daily life, when things return to normal!  And yet, during this long period of …

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Spirit Wind

This Sunday we mark Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit among the apostles and followers of Jesus.   This is the day we celebrate the birthday of the Church.  This is the day the wind of the Spirit blew through the lives of his disciples, transforming them, galvanising them, releasing them from their fears and doubts and …

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Ascension

Over the past weeks we’ve been remembering Jesus’ last words to his friends before his cruel and untimely death.  We’ve thought about his reminder to them to not be afraid, to not be troubled no matter how bad things seemed, because they were not, and would never be alone.  There was always a bigger picture.  As they ate …

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Home but not Alone

The Daily Office is one of the ancient traditions of the Anglican Church that has survived since the Reformation. And it has survived for a very good reason. Saying the Daily Office morning and evening bookends the day with Scripture and prayer, and is a wonderful habit to build into our daily lives.  I’d like to …

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Don’t be Afraid

Although Virtual Church is our current reality for weekly worship, we remain community.  There have been many times through the centuries when the Church has been forced to scatter, either through war or persecution, or due to pandemics of various kinds.  And yet the Church as the people of God always continues on and is often somehow …

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The Good Shepherd

When I watched our Sunday Mass online last weekend, and I saw familiar faces at the moment when we would normally pass the Peace, I felt quite moved.  I encourage you all to take a moment to take a photo, either your family group or just yourself, with a simple hand-made ‘Peace be with You’ sign, …

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