I wrote a hymn a couple of months ago, to the tune ‘King’s Lynn’ (aka O God of earth and altar), and it turned out that quite a lot of people didn’t know the tune, and asked if it would go to anything else. The simple answer was, it can go to most 7676D* tunes. (*If… More Which tune?
This isn’t a sermon, it’s some thoughts that might lead to one. Luke 12.49-56 is a really hard gospel. I like to find good news in the gospel, and I also like to inhabit the grey areas, but today’s reading leaves me very little scope for either; it seems full of judgement and harsh dividing… More It’s the 5th time this gospel reading has come up in the lectionary since I was ordained and I still don’t know what to say about it…
Actually it isn’t. But I wrote this on the train the other day, as a very belated response to someone’s request for a song to go with the lighting of the Advent wreath, and I thought I might forget about if it I waited till November. Advent Wreath Song to the tune ‘Father we place… More It’s beginning to look a lot like Advent
Some sermony thoughts on Luke 11.1-13 I’ve always found the parable of the persistent neighbour rather troubling. Our habit is to map parables onto the real world – us and God – as an exact one to one allegory, and in this case, that would cast God as the grudging friend with his own family safely… More Teach us to pray…
Some people may not agree with everything in this post. Normally I just post useful resources, but this actually has some questions and possibly contentious things in it. I took the post down yesterday, as it might have been contravening my rule of life.* But I’ve re-written it now, so it’s hopefully nicer, and has benefitted from the… More Liturgical objections
Maybe I am doing him a disservice, but the lawyer reminds me of one of those people who ask a question to which they already know the answer, so that they can demonstrate their expertise. He knows the right words to say, he correct formula, but he’s clearly struggling with the implications. He’s not quite… More The Good Samaritan
I couldn’t sleep. Too many fears and tears for such a broken world. So I wrote this as a prayer, to the tune Kings Lynn (aka O God of earth and altar) – though any suitable sombre 7676D tune would work.. As with all my hymns, please do just help yourself: share, sing, print, whatever’s… More A hymn – really a prayer. Because of everything that’s just too awful in the world right now.