Friday, December 18, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
- The Cross - Constructed from an assortment of coloured pipe-cleaners - represents the many different crosses than people bring to and prop-up around the Registry. The umbrella in the centre of the cross is a symbol of God's umbrella of love over all of these crosses.
- The Figures around the Cross - each with a different colour feather to speak of the variety of personalities that are present in the group and that how together these harmonise in juxtaposition like a rainbow. Some of the sub-gifts of the individuals are represented by the objects in their arms or at their feet.
- Around the Cross - are presents, flowers and produce; each speaks for a member of the group.
- Band-Aids - talk about the healing process that helps to keep the group together. The Secure Cable-tie, replacing a Band-Aid in one relationship, speaks of the stronger tie that sometimes is required.
- The Outer Perimeter and the Carnival Masks - speak of the need for a celebration of life both within and beyond the Registry.
This is an amazing article from The Times (London) today.
Saturday, October 03, 2009
This year it falls on a Sunday, as it is only a 'commemoration' it is not celebrated or transferred. (I dont know what strings the BBC had to pull to have Dibley's Blessing of the Animals on a Sunday.)
So for those who want to remember Saint Francis on the 4th of October, I have included a collect and a prayer blessing below:
Collect for St Francis of Assisi:
A Saint Francis Day Prayer:
Loving Father, Saint Francis taught us to love all of your creatures and to care for those we have charge of, we thank you for N. ( & N.), for the companionship we share and the support we offer each other. Help us to understand and promote that bond of affection we have with our animals and to share our love with each other. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 07, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
About a dozen of her closest friends came forward and they put their hands on her shoulders as we prayed together. That sort of prayer is something new to that parish, those co-praying were as uplifted by the prayers and the sharing in the ministry of healing as the one seeking prayer was.
The end of today's gospel reading reminds us that the disciples were successful in healing the sick in Jesus' name.
Today I saw a glimpse of the type of church we can be when we 'go as sent' and put our faith into action.
Saturday, May 02, 2009
The feeling of reassurance that this prompts is tempered, though, by the knowledge that such a response is possible only in the wealthier nations. The inference drawn from the lack of fatalities in developed nations so far is that this variety of swine flu is relatively mild, and responds well to treatment. This must be contrasted with the number of deaths attributed to the disease in Mexico. Were the epidemic to spread to other countries with smaller public-health budgets even than Mexico’s, the world would be facing a much greater challenge.
Or perhaps not. The relative lack of investment in public health in the developing world is an indication of the limited scope of globalisation. The lowest-income countries, which account for 2.6 billion people — 38 per cent of the world’s population — also account for just five per cent of the world’s health expenditure. In 2006, government expenditure on health in the UK was £1668 per capita; in Zambia, for example, it was just under £20.
The thinking that informs investment in anti-flu drugs is very straightforward. It has been estimated that a serious pandemic could cost the world economy $3 trillion. SARS is thought to have cost China £25.3 billion in 2003. Even an outbreak of an animal infection, foot-and-mouth disease, cost the UK £7 billion in 2001. Potential losses such as these can easily justify expenditure on disease prevention. Why, then, are the same arguments not applied globally?
Last Saturday was World Malaria Day. Half the world’s population remains at risk from the disease. Nearly a million people die every year. The World Health Organisation estimates that malaria alone reduces economic growth in the worst-affected countries by 1.3 per cent each year. And yet the case for investing in prevention to produce a direct economic benefit is not heard. It is hard to know why, but nationalism, global competition, ignorance, and indifference all play a part. Christ’s definition of “neighbour” has still to be adopted by the world at large.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Mean while, I will be posting on here for free!!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
If you had this voice in your parish choir would you keep it quiet? How often do we like to keep talent local for the fear of loosing it. I think it may be too late now for that wee Kirk. - What was that Jesus said about Lights and Bus-shelters and lamp-stands.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
I first saw this last night and have just spoken to my mother in London who watched it live-to-air on Saturday. A most entertaining performance with quite a lot of moist eyes around the globe. 5M views in just a few days.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Here are some pictures Taken just before 8 this morning as Ballan awoke to the news that Saint Bridget's church had been burnt out by fire during the night. The CFA and Police had closed the roads around St Bridget's and a group was gathering along Inglis Street opposite the church. The wet, low-cloud morning had taken away the smell of the smoke and the building resembled the community it had exited for; its heart burnt out and the fragile shell a symbol of what had been.
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Just some random thoughts on today's gospel reading; more for my own reflection but it is a good discipline to write for others. I find it helps me to be more honest in my own reflections.
Jesus is troubled: it is party time - Passover - he has his close friends gathered around him,the stress of the past week and the enormity of what lies ahead of him weighs on his mind. His disciples, all perhaps but Judas, are relaxed reclining around him, eating and drinking, not sure of what has just happened, confused by what the Master is saying, unaware of what is about to occur.
Even bold and brash Simon Peter ask 'the disciple whom Jesus loves' to find out what Jesus is really saying (V.24).
What a picture we have here: a loving disciple reclining against Jesus; Judas waiting for the moment to leave the gathering and go to betray Jesus - did he take the purse with him? It is implied that he had it on him (V.29); Simon Peter, perhaps in party mode, pledging loyalty to death - Jesus knowing that Peter is big on words and weak on action.
Gathered around Jesus in this cameo is the "A" team; those called to 'train the trainers', to be the absolvers of the absolvers, to be the witnesses to the Resurrection. When Jesus needs them they are spent and tired. I am not a great fan of the Weber/Rice Jesus Christ, Superstar but it has some great insights, one of them being the song the 'Last Supper'
Always hoped that I'd be an Apostle.
New that I would make if I tried.
Then when we retire we can write the Gospels,
And they'll still talk about us when we die.
You can almost hear them saying: "come on Jesus, dont spoil the party, it a holiday weekend, chill man - let's talk about this in the morning".
Lovers, accusers and friends; drunks and determined; some in vino veritas and some as cold as steel. Such are those Jesus gathers around him when he is most in need, whose dirty feet he washes and for whom he offers his body.
As much as I try to escape it, I am there too. So which one am I?
Friday, April 03, 2009
Maybe those who, while lacking faith, still respond to Christian art and music, at least believe in the works Jesus does. We should foster this lesser faith, as good in itself, and perhaps a pathway to true faith. ”
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
As the G20 meet, we ask for wisdom for the leaders of the world. Where nations have pushed their agendas on others, bring partnership and love. Where people have lived lives disconnected from their brothers and sisters in other countries; bring solidarity and compassion. May we see the dawning of a new world, with your values at its heart; a world of justice, mercy and humility.
May the poor not be forgotten in the midst of crisis.
All: Father, as your people, help us to raise our voices. As your church worldwide, let us rise up in prayer, in speaking out and in demonstrating your way of life, so that out of the ruins of this current crisis might come help for a better world.
This prayer was used at the serive in Westminister Central Hall before the PPF rally last weekend
Sunday, March 29, 2009
This week's summit may just be the start of a worldwide redistribution, however small, from the chastened rich towards the angry poor. And if it is not, the G20 leaders may suffer the consequences.The task before them is massive in the time allocated - hence the peripatetic travels of many G20 leaders over the last few weeks, including Mr Rudd.
"There are 20 of them and they are in a room for maybe 10 hours. So they've got 30 minutes each, in effect," says Tony Dolphin, chief economist at the IPPR, a think tank. "Even if there were only six issues, that's five minutes per person per issue: what can they say in that time?"There is a detailed article in today's edition of the London Guardian Click Here to read it
A focus for prayers before we start Holy Week.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
..remember that the the early house-churches of the pre-Constantine era often gathered in the opulent villas of wealthy Roman citizens - I have no problem with the continued use of magnificent and beautiful buildings that speak of man's need to express his understanding and need of a transcendent God. But God must be encountered in the gutter as well as in the Gothic, in the sinner as well as in the Sanctuary, in the broken as well as in the Beautiful.
As Aquinas would say: we should look at every person, not as we find them , but as the person the creator has given them the potential to be.
Timothy Radcliffe OP quotes the often misunderstood Ab of C Rowan Williams in a chapter of a book that he titles 'Breeding Pandas':
" To be built by God into a sanctuary... is to be built into a temple whose doors are open, where God is to be found and God's peace makes a difference. ... But we are called (and here he is referring to the everyone who would call themselves Christian) to be a kingdom or priests, and to be built as a holy temple so that the world may be invited , may see, may be transfigured.
The church as Sanctuary - a place of refuge, a place of asylum: not for the initiated but for the poor, the scum, for those with nowhere else to go, for those who have stories that others won't want to share.
This was Christ's idea of the 'kingdom' - I didn't see many like this at the cathedral this morning - unless they were hiding under their big hats and covering up their tatts with those long gloves.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
The ever-so-up-to-date C of E have opened a twitter-stream for Lent. The link is here.
There is also a Love Life Live Lent application on facebook
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
There is an interesting article in the Church Times (click here) on the CEO of the Church Army.
Mark Russell is, at 34, the youngest person ever to be appointed to his position. Originally from Northern Ireland, he makes some very timely observations about the CA and its future.
On the need for a name change he says:
“The Church Army needs a new identity for the 21st century, although that’s easier said than done. I don’t think the militaristic image is always helpful. In some respects it is, because it talks about a bunch of people with an objective to defeat something, and, without question, I want to see us defeat poverty, injustice, and homelessness. But we’re not a church, and we’re not an army; we’re not a church in an army, and we’re not an army in a church.”
Mark's bog Mark Russell's Reflections is worth adding to your RSS list.
Both the Church Times article and the Blog are worth reading - especially to any engaged in Fresh Expressions.
With over 7,000 people homeless and 1800 plus buildings and homes destroyed, this situation will not go away when the smoke lifts. In Britain the snow has brought fun as well as difficulties; the financial cost has been in terms of the interruptions to business, commerce and industry. In Victoria the financial cost is not yet being calculated as the loss of Human life and livelihoods is paramount in the thoughts and concerns of its people.
We have lit our candles and said our prayers; we have made our donations to the various relief and aid funds; we have donated goods and clothes - it is as this next week approaches that we will feel our own helplessness and we will need to find ways to support each other in our collective grief and loss.
Monday, February 09, 2009
Further details are available on the Diocesan Website - Click Here to access the website