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I realise some who may read this have a scientific background, so I write with caution. Recently Kathryn and I made a car journey which necessitated us leaving home much earlier than usual. We listened to the BBC Radio 4 news at 6 am, 7 am, 8 am. By 9 am we were able to recite it verbatim so switched off. One article was of particular interest. Which is itself interesting, as we hadn’t a clue what the reporter or…

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I think, sometimes, we take for granted how marvellous and invigorating the seasons are. We all feel better as the days lengthen and dark nights shorten. There are parts of the world where the seasons vary little and the length of days is fairly consistent: the warmth is lovely, but after a while, the temperate climate becomes more attractive. Saturday is the first day of Spring; a wonderful season full of promise. In Isaiah 55 we read: “For you shall…

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Our last service in the church building with a full congregation was the 15th March 2020; the following week was to be All Age Worship to celebrate Mothering Sunday. Next week we celebrate Mothering Sunday and a year will have passed. When I was a child Corona was a soft drink; later it was a popular beer. Type Corona into a search engine today and everything is about the virus. I’m not sure I’d heard the term ‘lockdown’ prior to…

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We are in the season of Lent. Looking forward to and planning for Easter. What a year it has been since we last celebrated Easter. What does the future look like and what do we have to look forward to? For many, Easter often appears as a blip in the diary offering some respite from the busyness of life. During lockdown life for many has been on hold; so what do bank holidays and holidays mean when there is no…

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Do you ever spend time when praying, reflecting on who to pray for, or what to pray for and giving thanks for the many blessings we experience? Prayer can become a habit which through becoming a habit loses its richness, initiative and vitality. Recently in my own quiet time, I heard the refuse collectors in the street taking the rubbish I’d put out the previous evening. They are an invisible part of our community. Even when their wagon is blocking…

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You realise things are getting bad when you’re looking forward to watching a repeat episode of Midsummer Murders in the evening. Although, things haven’t got so bad as to start watching classic episodes of Coronation Street. Yet! Holy Trinity Brompton reports a massive uptake of people attending their online Alpha courses. There are reportedly four times more people watching online acts of worship than attended church prior to lockdown. On the downside; Alcoholics Anonymous reports a huge increase in attendees…

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Kathryn joins me in wishing every reader a Happy New Year. Let’s hope and pray it is a big improvement on the year we say goodbye to! One of the things that occurred to me as we welcomed in the New Year was that in saying goodbye to 2020 we had completed one-fifth of the 21st Century. I don’t know why that sprang into my mind, but it did, and with it the realisation that time seems to be flying…

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    “But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel”     Our mail came late today and it contained a letter from the hotel Kathryn and I stayed at in January this year. We spent three weeks on Cyprus at a lovely hotel where the staff, environment & food were excellent. We decided we would…

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One consequence of the lockdown has been a desire by many people to decorate their homes for Christmas even earlier than usual: completely understandable. Some have gone to extraordinary lengths to mount displays on their houses, in the gardens, on trees, and just about anywhere they are able. It’s a visible example of the consequence of all that has been happening this year and of the impact it is having on families and communities that they want to make the…

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Sometime last week someone placed a printed notice on a tree a few yards down from our drive on The Old Walk. It was a notification from the council that the tree was to be removed. I realised then the tree in question was dead. Walking around the area I found more trees with the notice on them; some were dead and some diseased. They, the trees, have now been removed. In Genesis we read: “And out of the ground…

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I was told about an initiative by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to call the Church of England to make November a month of prayer for our nation. I think it is a great idea and would encourage everyone, C of E or not, to take up the call. I’ve listed the sequence of daily prayer they give below, but, if you want more information it is available on the Church of England website. The suggestion is we pray…

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Inspiration comes from the strangest of places: such as a rotary washing line in torrential rain. Our rotary dryer is outside my office window. I mentioned previously that after installing it I realised it leaned slightly to one side and with time and wet towels the lean has become greater. One morning, a few days ago the sky was a dark mottled grey (no silver lining) and it rained heavily. All-day! I was reflecting on something as I looked out…
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