Surprised by resurrection

Luke 24.1-12 There is only one thing more annoying than forgetting the punchline of a joke and that is to remember the ending but not the jape that went before.   And that is relevant today, as I saw a sermon title but could find the text. To explain, I was researching today’s talk when [...]

Saints for one day

Luke 22.47-53   Well that is another year past since we met here in last Holy week. Has it been a good year for you? Possibly and I hope so or possibly not! Of course, there have been days of joy and roses but there may well have also been the ones more adorned with [...]

Nice to see you!

Luke 18.31-42 Luke 19.1-10   The King James Version of the bible has many faults. But the one I enjoyed most, as a small boy, was the direct translation from Latin of the tax-collector as a publican. The mental image of some poor bartender polishing glasses up a tree amused me no end.   But [...]

Deep Pool of Peace

With Easter rapidly approaching, I found myself wondering what is the difference between it and Christmas. Of course, one is about birth and the other death and life eternal. But there is also a dissimilarity in atmosphere. For, whilst Christmas has been commercialised almost out of recognition, it seems that  Easter is less so. Maybe [...]

Easter – It’s not Christmas!

John 20.1-16     Well, are you ready to rush home and open your presents?           Are itching to get on with cooking the turkey with all the trimmings?   Are standing by for the arrival of the whole family for a party of crackers, paper hats, riddles and carols?   [...]

A Prayer for Holy Saturday

Each time we do not speak your name for fear of ridicule we deny you. Each time we do not bring your love into a situation we deny you. Each time we fail to see your face in friend of stranger we deny you. Forgive us, as you forgive all who humbly turn to you, [...]