After the lazy days of summer, (remember them?), then the flurry of book deadlines and then a pause for the Queen’s funeral, we are finally back to the normal format of The Reflectionary – to whit, a reflection on one of the lectionary passages which, this week, features Michelangelo, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and … More Harvest Round Up + Ps 37
The Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II This post is delayed from its usual Monday in respect for the funeral of her late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth. Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory, Ma’am. Please see this post for my tribute and prayers. New Books Mid-September it may be, but the shops are already stocking mince … More Nativity Scripts / Free Books! + Ps 91, Ps 146, 1 Tim 6
Prayers for Her Late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and for His Majesty, King Charles III O God, we give you thanks and praise for the life and reign of our late Queen Elizabeth: for her seven decades of selfless duty, for her role as mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, for her grace as a stateswoman, for … More Prayers and Video for Her Late Majesty + Ps 78, John 3
A Last-Minute Opportunity to book a children’s, youth and family leaders’ retreat day on 9th Sept. Plus all your lectionary-based resources as usual. Retreat But first, the commercial break: From Becky and Rebecca at The Resources Cupboard: Like many events being organised this summer, we have not yet received enough bookings to make this event … More Last-minute opportunity
One of the classic, all-time favourite psalms today: Psalm 139. With such lovely words, there is very little for me to add, so I haven’t added it. Enjoy this poignant confession and a choice of blessings. love, Fay Hymn suggestions A Comfort and a Challenge – Jer 18 & Ps 139 including the ‘KNOW-O-MATIC’! The … More Psalm 139, Psalm 1
Some lovely words from Hebrews today, plus linked invocations from Jeremiah and Luke. And, if that were not glorious enough, a stunning Arts-and-Crafts image of Mercy from Tiffany. Ps 112:4 They rise in the darkness as a light for the upright; they are gracious, merciful, and righteous. Blessed are the Merciful (1920) by Louis Comfort … More Jeremiah 2, Psalm 112, Hebrews 13, Luke 14
Holiday time! Thought you might enjoy this fab sketch (not written by me) from church today. Lazarus – as you have never seen it before! And here’s why I’m not around much this week. Liturgy Resources for Proper 16 Isaiah 58:9b-14, Psalm 103:1-8 Confession and Absolution This is the fast day I desire, says the … More Isaiah 58, Psalm 103
Reflections are intriguing. They conceal as well as reveal: we normally expect to look THROUGH glass. Light bouncing back from the surface changes that. Honestly, those coach windows are rather dull without a reflection! Many reflections would be uninspiring- but a range of mountains adds a touch of class to the glass. … More Reflect and Reveal- Look, See, Pray
It was my turn on the URC’s daily devotions again this week, and my musings on Ruth 4 are reproduced below. You can read the devotion on the URC’s website here, and if you’d like to listen to it as a podcast, you can do that here. You can also subscribe to have these devotions … More Jer 23, Ps 80, Heb 11 PLUS Ruth 4 devotional!
Woo Hoo! Summer holidays! Today we have your usual lectionary-linked resources and liturgy, including hymn suggestions and a couple of linked activities suitable for youth groups, Messy Church, all-age events or Bible studies. In addition, you have a video and script of a short talk on ‘I am the Gate’ (slightly longer than anticipated because … More Passing through things eternal? + Sheep Racing!