After serving for 22 1/2 years at St Oswald’s Knuzden, I’m retiring on October 15th! There are many reasons for this, but disenchanment with the Church of England is unavoidably among them. I’m not yet sure what I will do with regard to my priestly ministry in retirement – I’m giving myself a year to…Continue reading Retirement

Intercessions Proper 20 Year A

God of generosity and grace, we bring our prayers to you: for your church, that it might be a place of unreserved welcome, that people we might consider unworthy, may find a place at your table. forgive our exclusivity, bitterness, jealousy and pride. Bring in your Kingdom where all your children find their home in…Continue reading Intercessions Proper 20 Year A

Sermon, Proper 20 Year A

I seem to be starting all my sermons these days with the words ‘this Gospel passage is very difficult to understand’. Today’s gospel passage is definitely not easy – it’s hard to make sense of it. Our understanding of economic justice is that if you work longer hours you get more pay than others in…Continue reading Sermon, Proper 20 Year A

Sermon for Proper 19 Year A

I have a copy of  a most remarkable book called ‘If you sit very still’ It’s by a woman called Marian Partington who’s sister Lucy disappeared one night on her way home in December 1973. What had happened to Lucy remained a mystery for almost 20 years until her remains were found in the cellar…Continue reading Sermon for Proper 19 Year A

Intercessions Proper 18 Year A

Heavenly Father, as we have read the story of the preparations for the Exodus, we bring to you the millions of humans who live in terrible hardship, who are subject to oppression and cruelty, who live under cruel regimes: all who await freedom and justice, all who, like the people of Israel, seek better lives…Continue reading Intercessions Proper 18 Year A

Sermon for Proper 18 Year A

Today we have the giving of instructions for the first Passover. It’s a familiar story, but a difficult one. The instructions for the killing of lambs, to be eaten and shared – there is care for households who don’t have a lamb or couldn’t eat a whole one – neighbours are to care for eachother.…Continue reading Sermon for Proper 18 Year A

Sermon for Proper 17, year A

I really love David Suchet as Hercule Poirot – Kenneth Brannagh doesn’t come anywhere near, in my humble opinion! I watched a programme David Suchet did once – it was called ‘In The Footsteps of St Peter’, in which he described getting the ‘walk’ of his characters right – once he’d mastered their walk he…Continue reading Sermon for Proper 17, year A

On Retreat

I’ve just had a week’s retreat in North Wales, painting an Icon of St Bruno for a friend. It was an excellent retreat: I met some wonderful people and produded an icon in 6 days. For me, persoanlly, this was a good way of coping with traumatic memories of a year ago when my husband…Continue reading On Retreat