I was at a social evening in the Foresters Arms last week when someone said to me, ‘I have problems with the concept of God.’ My response was, ‘You are not alone.’ There’s a widespread, possibly increasing aura of disbelief in God. The Oxford evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins published his book ‘The God Delusion’ over [...]
Some human experiences, some spiritual experiences, are so overwhelming that only the language of metaphor and poetry can adequately begin to describe them. Today’s festival of Pentecost recalls the transformational coming of the divine Spirit, the Holy Spirit, to the disciples, transforming them from disciples – learners or pupils - into apostles – missioners, bearers [...]
It was rather lovely that last Sunday – officially my first in the parish – the parish Eucharist was followed by a Christening. Most of you will have missed it – perhaps going home and discussing the new priest-in-charge’s sermon? – but it was a great occasion: lively, a bit noisy, and chaotic too, with [...]
The beginning of a new era in the life of a parish prompts a fundamental question: what is the Church here for? And that is perhaps three questions: What is this church building for? What is our public worship for? What is the purpose of the church community within the wider parish? I want to [...]
The Sung Eucharist is the main Sunday service, which includes hymns, readings, prayers, a sermon, and music offered by the choir.