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Your love is extravagant

Ephesians 3:14-21 and John 6:1-21 What comes to mind for you when you hear the word “extravagant?” By definition extravagance has to do with a lack of restraint in spending money or using resources. It’s a word associated with luxury, lavishness, comfort and indulgence. An extravagance is usually something optional, […]

Meditation: where God dwells

2 Samuel 7:1-10; Ephesians 2:17-22; Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 The lectionary readings set for the week do something a little strange when it comes to the good news that we have been following in the Gospel of Mark: they scoop out the middle of the story (the feeding of the 5000 and […]

A winter blessing

Written  by Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiederkehr in a contemplative and challenging journey through the seasons of life. *** Blessed are you, winter, dark season of waiting, you affirm the dark seasons of our lives, forecasting the weather of waiting in hope. Blessed are you, winter, you faithfully guard a […]

Forgive our sins we pray

While it’s been almost a year since we made the move to a new country and a different denomination, one of the constant thrills has been discovering new music (complemented by the comfort and familiarity of having many of the hymns I grew up with as a child included in […]

Trinity Prayer

by Richard Rohr, 2005 God for us, we call you Father. God alongside us, we call you Jesus. God within us, we call you Holy Spirit. You are the eternal mystery that enables, enfolds, and enlivens all things, Even us and even me. Every name falls short of your goodness […]

Of this I am sure

*a reflection based on Ecclesiastes 12 and John 12:44-50* I want you to think for a moment of something you’re sure of; something you know deep down inside to be absolutely infallible, 100% certain and true. Perhaps you want to share it with your neighbour or your friend …. If […]

Costly choices

A reflection based on “beyond the lectionary” readings: Job 1:6-22 2 Corinthians 8:1-6 John 8:31-38 The decision to follow Jesus is one often made in response to a moving, tangible experience of God’s grace – without too much thought or concern about what may follow; but, if taken seriously, it […]

Deserted?

One of my favourite places on earth is the Namib desert. Over 50 million years old and covering over 80 000 square kilometres, this vast place seems, at first glance, to be completely inhospitable and sterile. But to those with the wisdom to fix their gaze beneath the seductive purple […]

Called is at our core

For as many years as I have been involved in ministry within the Church, I have wondered: What is the essential difference between those who call themselves Christians and those who affiliate themselves with a different religion or belief system? It is a question which goes to the heart of […]

Come. Drink. Flow.

A reflection for Pentecost. Based on John 7:37-39 There is a story* told by the rabbis of old of a great and harsh desert which people were hesitant to cross because of its scorching heat and shifting sands. In the midst of the barren and dangerous wilderness was a well […]