Here’s a whole load of stuff for Advent, gathered in one place for your convenience! Enjoy, and help yourself to anything you think might be useful. Advent Wreath Song to the tune ‘Father we place into your hands’ Mothers and fathers of the faith, who lived in times of old, Leaders and judges, kings and … More Things pertaining to Advent
Some bits and bobs for Remembrancetide. Help yourself if any of it would be useful:
Sermon for St John’s Hills Road, Cambridge Bible Sunday, 2016 Many years ago as I was planning an All Age service for Bible Sunday I lamented to a colleague that there weren’t many hymns about the Bible. The Colleague rightly pointed out that this was because hymns are songs of worship, and we don’t, in … More Bible Sunday 2016
You can read a brief biography of St Vincent de Paul and the readings set for today (27th September), when we remember his life and ministry, here. If there was ever a saint who matched their set gospel reading, it is Vincent de Paul: ‘I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty … More St Vincent de Paul (1581-1660)
Luke 14.25-33 is another one of those horrible gospel readings where you read it and think, ‘Really? Jesus said this?’ And then you realise you’re supposed to be preaching on it – in other words, making sense of it not just for yourself but for other people too. So you’re not just talking about hating … More Thoughts towards a homily on Luke 14.25-33
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…