A Prayer for Westminster

VICAR Dear Readers, I wish you a blessed Sunday. Please join me today in praying for those caught up in this week’s Westminster attack. In particular, we think of those who lost their lives: Leslie Rhodes, Aysha Frade, Kurt Cochran and PC Keith Palmer. We pray for their loved ones, particularly young children. Almighty God, We thank you for your perfect love. Perfect love drives … Continue reading A Prayer for Westminster

A Prayer For Britain’s Negotiators

VICAR Dear Readers, I wish you, as ever, a peaceful and blessed Sunday. I hope your week to come is full of accomplishment, happiness and progress. With Brexit seemingly inevitable and our lawmakers, diplomats and representatives having to face negotiations which will likely get tricky at times, I thought that this Sunday we should remind ourselves of the power of prayer at the heart of … Continue reading A Prayer For Britain’s Negotiators

Love

VICAR Dear Readers, good day. Tuesday was of course St Valentine’s Day. Few bother to notice but Valentine’s Day has a bloody origin: From February 13th to February 15th, the Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia. Emperor Claudius II executed two men — both named Valentine — on February 14th of different years in the 3rd century A.D. Their martyrdom was honoured by the Catholic … Continue reading Love

The Way is Illuminated by Darkness

VICAR Sadly but understandably, there was a huge fuss in January over a service at St Mary’s Episcopal in Glasgow to mark the feast of the Epiphany, during which there was a reading of a passage from the Koran which said that Jesus is not the Son of God. I totally support Gavin Ashenden for resigning. Where there is sound crossover between faiths people decide to follow, we … Continue reading The Way is Illuminated by Darkness

Spirit of the Countryside

VICAR At “Spirit of the Countryside” five years ago, the then Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams gave a sermon to the Countryside. Nearly 1500 people gathered at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire on Pentecost Sunday for a service at which Archbishop Rowan preached, followed by a picnic lunch and live music. Throughout the service, symbols of the countryside were brought to the altar to thank God for … Continue reading Spirit of the Countryside