Longing and regret

It is said that one of the most popular songs played at funerals is Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way.’ With the end near the singer reflects: ‘Regrets I’ve had a few, but then again too few to mention.’ They are blessed indeed who only have a few! Anyone who aspires to a better life or who [...]

Believe the Promise

Genesis 15.1-5 Matthew 6.25-34   Bonan matenon   Well that is good morning in Esperanto. Now until recently I have rather thought that Esperanto was a good idea. After all a universal language with simple grammar that can be learned in a few hundred hours seems a grand concept.   However, a while back, I [...]

The last perfect summer

Job 1.1-12 John 9.1-7   The book is called something like 'The Last Perfect Summer'.  It is the story of a summer of over 100 years ago which was full of warmth, calm and golden light. The Foreign Secretary of that time, Lord Grey, said he loved this time of year.  In fact, he enjoyed [...]

Hope

2 Corinthians 4.1-6, 4.7-17   Lord Hope, the celebrated judge, was the Lord High Commissioner at both this year’s and last year’s Church of Scotland General Assemblies in Edinburgh. In an address to the assembled commissioners he said that his father was a very organised person. So when they went on their annual holiday by [...]

Quasimodo Sunday

John 20.24-30   Here are some useless facts for you! This Sunday is often known in the church as Low Sunday. Why it’s called that isn’t exactly agreed upon. It might be because the passion, drama and wonder of Easter are over. Or it might come from a corruption of the first word of a [...]

11 May – What to do this Sunday

  This Sunday we are  thinking about meeting two disciples on the road to Emmaus. They were dispirited after Jesus’ crucifixion. And although they had heard about his resurrection, they just didn’t believe it! But now a stranger hurries after them and explains God’s whole plot.   They invite him in to eat and what [...]

What to do this Sunday – Easter Day

Easter is not like Christmas! Since, over Easter we encounter all that is good and bad about being human. For we see cruelty, corruption and pain. But we also see compassion, accompaniment and sacrifice. Above all, we see God in the unbelievable acceptance of human nastiness and His ability to defeat the worst of all [...]