Taken as a story today’s gospel reading has everything. Royalty and power, sex, violence, narrative tension – it’s no wonder that it inspired the play Salome by Oscar Wilde, an opera by Richard Strauss and a film starring Rita Hayworth. But it’s an unusual story to find in the gospels– it hardly refers to Jesus at all … More Power (still) corrupts
The fourth day of Christmas is when we mark the slaughter of all male babies, ordered by Herod. He was too late though. Mary and Joseph had already escaped, taking their baby Jesus with them. The Coventry Carol tells of the mothers’ grief. It is sung for us by our Organist Tom and our MD … More Carol for the Holy Innocents
Today we have the Coventry Carol, sung for us by our Music Team, Carol and Tom. It uses exquisite music to remind us of the darker side of Christmas.
Why am I writing about a Christmas Carol? Because it highlights a less palatable part of the Christmas story, which is often glossed over: the massacre of the innocents … More The Coventry Carol
This sermon was given by Rev Deborah on Sunday 29 December 2019, and was based on: Isaiah 63-7-9 Hebrews 2:10-28 Matthew 2:13-23 My Andrew, his brother and I were sitting having a ‘snacky’ tea – one of those where you use up the bits and pieces from the last few days. Andrew asked, ‘is it … More Sober Up Sunday/Lament and Hope
This sermon was given by Rev Deborah on Wednesday 26 August. You can listen again here … More The Life and Purpose of John the Baptist
During the last few weeks, others and myself have found ourselves listening to and reading about how people have answered God’s call on their lives to serve him and his people, which has not always been easy
… More Trinity 7