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Sunday Pause for Thought Trinity 15 : God has No Favourites

Sunday Pause for Thought Trinity 15 : God has No Favourites

Sunday 24 September 2017 The Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity   Common Worship Lectionary Proper 20 Exodus 16.2–15 The Lord sends manna from heaven Psalm 105.1–6, 37–45* God’s faithfulness to Israel Philippians 1.21–30 Living is Christ and dying is gain: live worthy lives Matthew 20.1–16 Parable of the labourers in the vineyard   Discipline is the dominant note as God’s people grumble their way through the wilderness. God’s care is firm but tangible. In our struggles we need encouragement and Paul…

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Sunday Pause for Thought – The Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity

Sunday Pause for Thought – The Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity

  The Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity Common Worship Lectionary Proper 19   Exodus 14.19–31 Israel saved by Moses parting the waters Psalm 114 or Israel fled from Egypt to sanctuary in Judah   Canticle: Exodus 15.1b–11, 20, 21 Moses’ song after the Exodus Romans 14.1–12 Do not judge, for we are all accountable to God Matthew 18.21–35 Seventy-seven times forgiveness? The unforgiving servant   The parable in Matthew is terrifying and brings dramatically home the message of the Lord’s Prayer…

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Sunday Pause for Thought – The Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity

Sunday Pause for Thought – The Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity

  The Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity   Common Worship Lectionary Proper 18   Exodus 12.1–14 Instructions for celebrating the first Passover Psalm 149 God is on Israel’s side Romans 13.8–14 Awake from sleep – put on the armour of light Matthew 18.15–20 Reprove sinners; bind and loose on earth and in heaven   We all live with the past – a wonderful combination of blessings and burdens. Let us pray that we commemorate past blessings with joy. The Passover meal…

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Sunday Pause for Thought – The Twelfth Sunday after Trinity

Sunday Pause for Thought – The Twelfth Sunday after Trinity

The Twelfth Sunday after Trinity   Common Worship Lectionary Proper 17   Exodus 3.1–15 God reveals the divine name to Moses at the burning bush Psalm 105.1–6, 23–26, 45b* Seek the Lord, make known his deeds Romans 12.9–21 Let love be genuine; overcome evil with good Matthew 16.21–28 Jesus predicts his death; ‘Take up your cross’   In Exodus, Moses’ encounter with God at the burning bush is crucial – a sacred moment with the name of God. Jeremiah reminds…

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Sunday Pause for Thought – The Eleventh Sunday after Trinity

Sunday Pause for Thought – The Eleventh Sunday after Trinity

The Eleventh Sunday after Trinity Saying yes to Jesus leads straight into a practical role. Peter, the rock, signifies the church in its day-to-day life – its ultimate victory on behalf of God is sure. We are reminded in the Old Testament readings that the greatness of God dwarfs us all and that we are constantly being challenged to choose death or life. Paul tells us that we should be a distinctive presence – in the world but not of…

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Sunday Pause for Thought – Tenth Sunday after Trinity 2017

Sunday Pause for Thought – Tenth Sunday after Trinity 2017

These lectionary resources were originally written for RSCM Sunday by Sunday magazine and are reprinted here with their permission. For further information about their work do visit   Sunday by Sunday https://www.rscm.com/music-and-resources/our-magazines/planning-worship/sunday-by-sunday-magazine/   Sunday 20 August The Tenth Sunday after Trinity/The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost/The Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Common Worship Lectionary Proper 15   Genesis 45.1–15 Joseph is reconciled to his brothers Psalm 133 How good it is when kindred live together in unity! Romans 11.1–2a, 29–32 God…

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Sunday Pause for Thought : Ninth Sunday after Trinity 2017

Sunday Pause for Thought : Ninth Sunday after Trinity 2017

  These lectionary resources were originally written for RSCM Sunday by Sunday magazine and are reprinted here with their permission. For further information about their work do visit Planning worship     Sunday 13 August 2017 The Ninth Sunday after Trinity   Common Worship Lectionary/Revised Common Lectionary Proper 14   Genesis 37.1–4, 12–28 Joseph dreams he will become great and tells his brothers, who sell him into slavery Psalm 105.1–6, 16–22, 45b* Praise for God who rescued Joseph from slavery…

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Trinity

Trinity

St Augustine wrote of God in his ‘Confessions’: “You, my God, are supreme… You are the most hidden from us and yet the most present amongst us, the most beautiful and yet the most strong, ever enduring and yet we cannot comprehend you. You are unchangeable and yet you change all things. You are never new, never old, and yet all things have new life from you.”

Easter

Easter

  a stone at dawn cold water in the basin these walls’ rough plaster imageless after the hammering of so much insistence on the need for naming after the travesties that passed as faces, grace: the unction of sheer nonexistence upwelling in this hyacinthine freshet of the unnamed the faceless  Amy Clampitt

Sunday pause for Thought

Sunday pause for Thought

  thorn In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread: you put this rather beautifully, and gave me leave to sing my work until my work became the song. In sorrow shalt thou eat of it: a line on which a man might ring the changes as he tills the ground from which he was taken. Thistle, thorn (in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed), these too shall it bring forth to thee, all…

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THE MORAL SIGNIFICANCE OF MEMORY

THE MORAL SIGNIFICANCE OF MEMORY

   “Nothing holds firm.  Everything is here today and gone tomorrow.   But the good things of life– truth, justice, and beauty– all great accomplishments need time, constancy, and memory, or they degenerate. The man who feels neither responsibility towards the past nor desire to shape the future is one who forgets.  And I do not know how one can really get at such a person and bring him to his senses.”                                                   -Dietrich Bonhoeffer (d. 1945)

to love and obey

to love and obey

  The French scientist and theologian Pierre Teilhard de Chardin sums it up nicely in his book “The Divine Milieu.” He writes: “God obviously has no need of the products of your busy activity since he could give himself everything without you. The only thing that concerns him, the only thing he desires intensely, is your faithful use of your freedom and the preference you accord him over the things around you. Try to grasp this: the things that are…

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Silence

Silence

‘Silence’, said Seraphim, ‘is the cross on which man must crucify his ego’; ‘Silence transfigures a man into an angel; it is the spiritual practice which most surely preserves inner peace.’ He was constantly repeating the words of St Ambrose, ‘I have seen many who were saved by silence but none who were saved by chatter.  

torso

torso

  torso We cannot know the indescribable face Where the eyes like apples ripened. Even so, His torso has a candelabra’s glow, His gaze, contained as in a mirror’s grace, Shines within it. Otherwise his breast Would not be dazzling. Nor would you recognize The smile that moves along his curving thighs, There where love’s strength is caught within its nest. This stone would not be broken, but intact Beneath the shoulders’ flowing cataract, Nor would it glisten like a…

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Rublev for Trinity Sunday

Rublev for Trinity Sunday

  Rublev One day, God walked in, pale from the grey steppe, slit-eyed against the wind, and stopped, said, Colour me, breathe your blood into my mouth. I said, Here is the blood of all our people, these are their bruises, blue and purple, gold, brown, and pale green wash of death. These (god) are the chromatic pains of flesh, I said, I trust I shall make you blush, O I shall stain you with the scars of birth For…

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Easter – and the possibilities of transformation?

Easter – and the possibilities of transformation?

  When we read when we read the Gospel accounts of the resurrection we note how varied  these experiences were.  There is always a mystery, a greater depth,  new things to uncover about the transformation possible because of  Easter.  If we delve beneath the surface of these Easter encounters, we do not find human strength and resolve ,and certainly no blasts of the trumpet or an elaborate liturgies. Instead we find fragility: people who are often at their lowest point,…

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Love and Light

Love and Light

  fresh life   and then my heart pulled itself apart and, filled to the brim with a new light, overflowed with fresh life.   now even the heavens are thankful that because of love i have become the giver of light   Rumi

Sometimes best to admit : mystery ?

Sometimes best to admit : mystery ?

Wherever we go exploring in the world around us, we find mysteries. Our planet is covered by continents and oceans whose origin we cannot explain. Our atmosphere is constantly stirred by poorly understood disturbances that we call weather and climate. The visible matter in the universe is outweighed by a much larger quantity of dark invisible matter that we do not understand at all. The origin of life is a total mystery, and so is the existence of human consciousness….

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Lord help us to see

Lord help us to see

  Vision is quite simply about seeing. In religious terms it means seeing the world as God’s world. It means refusing to conform to the world’s standards and values, or to go along with that cynical pessimism which some call realism but is in fact a terrible, destructive despair. To believe in God is to believe that there is a power for good in the world, a power that makes itself known in the deepest and most creative drives and…

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Where do our lives point?

Where do our lives point?

  Matthew 3 The Proclamation of John the Baptist 3In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, 2‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’* 3This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, ‘The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” ’ 4Now John wore clothing of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food…

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