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Light Blessings

A Call to Worship/Candle-lighting prayer, including a responsive reading of Psalm 147:1-11, 20c (NRSV)  Blessed be you, O Holy Light-fitter, who set the sun in its proper place and scattered the stars across the skies to brighten up our way (the first candle is lit). Blessed be you, Bright Morning […]

Day Thirty Five: Enter The Mystery

Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 Isaiah 60:1-6 Ephesians 3:1-12 Matthew 2:1-12 Embodied God, on the ladder between the home of heaven and earth’s dwelling place, the crack between the worlds, a baby journeyed, belonging to both. Tess Ward Epiphany is the story of the Wise Men – philosophers, astrologers, or mystics – […]

Day Thirty Three: In Spite Of

Psalm 110 Proverbs 3:1-12 James 4:11-17 I’ve been thinking a lot this week about how often God’s power, God’s presence, God’s purpose, is made manifest in spite of, rather than because of, me …. I know, as Christians, we are called to be light to the world as we walk […]

Day Twenty Three: Light Dawns

Isaiah 62:6-12 Psalm 97 Titus 3:4-7 Luke 2:8-20 As we embarked on our Advent journey, I offered the simple story of how my children used to mark their birthdays with the words: The earth goes round the sun, The earth goes round the sun, Three hundred and sixty five days […]

Day Sixteen: War Cry

Psalm 125 1 Kings 18:1-18 Ephesians 6:10-17 There are certain passages of Scripture – particularly stories of conquest in the Old Testament – that always summon the words of an old hymn now long out of favour for its militant imagery and  imperialistic associations to mind. Today’s texts do the […]

Day Nine: Expand Your Borders

Psalm 27 Isaiah 26:7-15 Acts 2:37-42 I love the opening verse to Psalm 27 from The Message: “Light, space, zest— that’s God! So, with him on my side I’m fearless, afraid of no one and nothing.” Light, space, zest … … that’s what life with God is all about. Would […]

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 […]

It’s nothing but smoke

* contemplating in community Ecclesiastes 1:2-11 and James 1:2-11* You will need: a central altar or table, a black table cloth, a large candle (with three wicks is helpful to invoke visually the image of a Triune God), smaller tea lights (sufficient for the group), a lighter or matches, copies […]