Intercessions – proper 10

God of love, we pray for your church in all its traditions and variety, that power will always be used for good, never to exploit, shame or harm. We pray for church leaders and safeguarding officers, And we pray for those who are victims of the misuse of power, for their healing, and for justice.…Continue reading Intercessions – proper 10

Sermon – Proper 10 2021

    The story of the beheading of John the Baptist is a study on the use of power.    We are told that Herod had divorced his wife and married his brother’s wife. He had the power to repudiate his wife – she would have had no say in the matter. She would have…Continue reading Sermon – Proper 10 2021

Sermon Proper 6

For many years humans have believed that we can have as much as we want, or at least, as much as we can afford. We have had a belief in a world of endless resources; a world where everyone can have more, where nothing is rationed or limited. We are, of course, beginning to learn…Continue reading Sermon Proper 6

Intercessions Proper 6

We pray for the church throughout the world, for Christians of all denominations, that together Christians will live  as citizens of God’s Kingdom on earth: may there be generosity and welcome, hope and love, kindness, warmth and compassion. We pray that our church will be like the tree of which Jesus spoke; a place of…Continue reading Intercessions Proper 6

Intercessions – Proper 5

Jesus was labeled ‘mad’ and ‘evil’, So we pray for all who are unfairly maligned. Give us wisdom  to discern truth for ourselves and not simply to believe what we hear.   We pray for all who suffer from mental illness, those who are isolated and alone, those who have lost hope, and for anxious…Continue reading Intercessions – Proper 5

Intercessions for Ascension

Risen, ascended Lord, we pray for your church throughout the world, that we may grasp the breadth and depth and height of your Kingdom of love. Our horizons and concerns can be narrow, our vision limited; open our eyes to the scope of your love, and send us your Spirit so we may be strengthened …Continue reading Intercessions for Ascension

Ascension Sunday 2021

Ascension day is one of the great festivals of the Christian year, and yet it is relatively forgotten and neglected. I suspect that this is because the event, as pictured in art, is strange and not very believable. In order to understand Christ’s Ascension into heaven, it’s necessary to lay those images aside – in…Continue reading Ascension Sunday 2021

Intercessions – Easter 6

God of welcome and love, we pray that your church will reflect your love for all your children. Give us eyes of love that we may see people as you see them:  as your beloved children, coming home to you.   We pray for the nations of the world: that they too will be places…Continue reading Intercessions – Easter 6

Sermon – Easter 6

The past year has been one hand washing, mask wearing and of staying at home. The first two of these requirements have been a bit of a nuisance, but not too demanding. For many of us though, the third, ‘stay at home’, has been a real challenge. We have missed friends and family, and have…Continue reading Sermon – Easter 6