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Day Twenty Nine: Liminal Living

Psalm 148
 Isaiah 61:10-62:3 
Luke 2:22-40
 Galatians 4:4-7 “Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning 
but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instil in us.”
 Hal Borland What beautiful, and pertinent, Scriptures, for this liminal time: the old year making way minute by minute […]

A Prayer for Human Rights Day

*using the words of the prophet Isaiah (chapter 40) for a congregational response* O Lord who calls us into the Way of Right Living we remember this day the rights we’ve been given – rights hard fought for by those who have gone before through terrible suffering, oppression and war; […]

Day 1: Turn us again

Psalm 80:1-8, 18-20 Isaiah 64:1-9 Mark 13:24-37 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 One of my favourite memories of my children’s Montessori preschool remains their particular way of celebrating birthdays. Once a year, each child had the opportunity to sit in the centre of a circle of their peers while their teacher ambled […]

Fasting by feasting

*** a sermon for Ash Wednesday based on Isaiah 58:1-9 and John 60:30-35, 41*** Today is the beginning of Lent – a 4o day period of repentance and fasting as we prepare for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection in which we focus on […]

Sure-footed: the invitation of Advent

As human beings we often cannot avert our eyes from the disasters that befall people living in places with shaky ground – earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis. Yet as we find ourselves on shaky ground through human decisions like BREXIT and the US elections, the challenge of Advent is to find a message of hope and comfort that rings true. Isaiah 40 invites us to surrender our own strength and be sure-footed in the promises and the faithfulness of the eternal God for whom we watch and wait.

God of the Upside-Down

Oh God of the Upside-Down, You turn chaos into the order and the beauty of creation, The simplicity of water into the fragrance and the fellowship of wine, The desolation of mourning and ashes into the anointing of oil and gladness. Come into our lives with Your transforming power. Shake […]

In overwhelming waters

Isaiah 43:1-2 But now this is what the Lord says – he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and […]