What a whopper of a weekend! UK readers will know that the weekend of Pentecost 2022 is Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee celebration with jollities abounding and lashings of trifle. Many Happy Returns, Ma’am. If you are running a Jubilee event, or perhaps a Jubilee-themed Messy Church or assembly and want some ideas, check out the selection … More Pentecost – Acts 2, Romans 8, John 14 plus Jubilee!
I’ll admit it. I put my hand up and confess. I find the endless ‘Alleluias’ irritating. I mean, they’re OK on Easter Day: ‘He is risen indeed, Alleluia!’ That’s fine. But if you say the daily office between Easter and Pentecost, every third word is Alleluia it seems, and I can’t wait to be rid … More Ascension – Luke 24, Acts 1, Eph 1
Next weekend I hope to join the annual Little Gidding Pilgrimage, this year featuring poet Malcolm Guite. I recommend a visit to his blog and a look at his books, such as Parable and Paradox: a collection of sonnets based on the sayings of Jesus. From the blurb: Cambridge poet, priest and singer-songwriter Malcolm Guite … More Acts 11, Rev 21, John 13
Oh yes, this week’s liturgy resources allude to all four RCL passages! Count ’em, FOUR! (But, of course, you can use the confession and absolution, blessing and dismissal at any time, not just on weeks when you have those readings.) For reflections and printable craft on John 21, see this post. It’s always lovely to … More Third Sunday in Easter – Acts 9, Ps 30, Rev 5 & Jn 21
In case you did not do Epiphany last week, here is a round up of recent Epiphany resources (you can always access these though the menus above or the search box on the side), PLUS a new feature! (ta-da) Knowing that liturgy resources are often popular posts, I have written a form of confession & absolution, … More Epiphany round-up+ new liturgy resources
Who expected, a year ago, that we’d still be meeting virtually in a year’s time? Some churches have started back with 3D meetings, some are still on-line, many are a mixture. It’s going to be a while until ‘normal service(s) is resumed’. So here are a whole bunch of Great Commission / Ascension / Pentecost … More Great Commission / Ascension / Pentecost Resources Round Up
Peter re-wrote the headlines of his day. Hauled up before the court to explain his actions, “Fisherman charged with public affray” became “Jesus Saves!” Thinking There are a lot of scary headlines around theses days – pandemic, riots, climate disaster. Everything is depressing. Everything is bad news. Everything makes us want to crawl back under … More Make New Headlines – Acts 4:5-12
I thought this one was the exception that proved the rule. Pale pinks, lemony cream, hints of darker colour. I hesitate to say “insipid” because it was pleasant enough, in a pastel sort of way. Then I made a discovery.
The light that showed me the subtle shades also concealed something else. When I played around with filtering the light, the end result was different. … More Filtered- Look, See, Pray
Acts 2:1-21 Welcome to Together, Apart, a set of free, intergenerational resources for these strange times when we cannot be with each other. Links for PDFs are below. Each week you’ll find Bible study ideas for all ways of learnings and all ages (not just ‘for the kiddies’). You can use them on your own, … More Together, Apart – I Will Pour Out My Spirit
Acts 1:6-11 Welcome to Together, Apart, a set of free, intergenerational resources for these strange times when we cannot be with each other. Links for PDFs are below. Each week you’ll find Bible study ideas for all ways of learnings and all ages (not just ‘for the kiddies’). You can use them on your own, … More Together, Apart – To The Ends of the Earth