15th August 2019

Dear Friends I do hope you are able to enjoy some rest and relaxation this month. Rest is an important component in our increasingly hectic lives. Rest allows us to recharge, to reset and to re-focus. Problems and pressures are always best addressed when we have had time to stop and consider. In a Christian context, we are immersed in the idea of Sabbath, God rested so the story tells us. […]

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28th March 2018

Dear Friends Last Friday I had the privilege of singing in Bach’s Saint John’s passion, it’s a deeply moving piece. At the end of John’s passion narrative just before Jesus dies he cries;  ‘It is finished’, some translations have, ‘It is accomplished’. I find these simple worlds of profound significance. Jesus surrenders himself, his life, his work, his witness and his faithfulness to God. There is no triumphant glory, there […]

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22nd March 2018

Dear Friends As we embark on the greatest week of the Church’s year, I thought it might be useful to include the preface to our Holy Week booklet you can find at the back of church. “Holy Week is associated in the minds of many people with extra services in church. It is not a recent phenomenon: Today, even in churches where services on weekdays are a rarity, there is a service […]

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13th March 2018

Dear Friends As we approach the end of Lent you will notice that the crucifixes and statues in church are covered with a purple veil and that the altar piece behind the High Altar is also covered. We do this every year. It’s an old custom to veil these things from the fifth Sunday in Lent till the end of Good Friday, a period of time we refer to as Passiontide. The veiling […]

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7th March 2018

Dear Friends Over the last few weeks of Lent I have been leading a Lent talk at St Mary’s Convent and Nursing home. I have been talking about the risk God took in communicating his love for us in creation and incarnation, how this love can be appropriated by us for our own sinful ends and how ultimately this love is proved right by death and resurrection. Holy Week is […]

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28th February 2018

Dear Friends It’s always good to have a couple of books on the go and particularly at this time of the year. When selecting a short daily read for Lent, I was drawn to a small book by Sister Wendy Beckett – The Art of Lent. It’s a wonderful little book. Sr Wendy has selected an art work for each day of Lent and has written a short commentary, her […]

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20th February 2018

Dear Friends On Saturday of this week the PCC is holding its annual Awayday meeting at St Mary’s Convent. It offers us an opportunity to pray together, to reflect on our life at St Nick’s  and to discern where God is leading us in future. Please do remember the PCC in your prayers. I recently came across the following Franciscan blessing which I shall be praying this week, and what seems […]

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15th February 2018

Dear Friends I hope you will have noticed in our weekly publicity that there will be a ‘Stations of the Cross’ service on Sunday evenings at 6pm during Lent. Someone asked me about this service the other day so I thought I would include an explanation this week. Stations of the Cross is a meditation which commemorates the key events on the day of Christ’s crucifixion. The Stations originated in medieval Europe at a time […]

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7th February 2018

Dear Friends It was good to see so many of you on Sunday evening for our conversation with Lord Ramsbotham. Over the past few years they have become an important part of parish life, something I’m very keen to continue. I really would be very grateful for any suggestions for future guests. On average it takes five letters of invitation to receive one letter of acceptance and as the cupboard is now […]

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30th January 2018

Dear Friends During morning prayer we have two opportunities for some silent meditation after each of our bible readings, one from the Old Testament, one from New Testament. This morning I suddenly found myself reflecting on the resurrection. The New Testament reading was a bit of the passion narrative, so perhaps I should have been thinking about the cross, but no, it was to the resurrection that my mind wandered. […]

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