This week the church celebrates the conversion of St Paul. The feast, on 25th January, also marks the end of the Week of Prayer of Christian Unity. The drama of Paul’s road to Damascus experience is told in Chapter 9 of Acts of the Apostles, but also in Paul’s own words in his letter to [Read More]
Advent this year brings a glimmer of light that freedom from the lockdown is on the horizon, but the consequences of the pandemic will be long-lasting and our calling, as Christ’s church, will be as important as ever. As we prepare to celebrate the coming of Christ let us renew our commitment to live our [Read More]
This year, for many, Christmas will be filled with emptiness – the loss of loved ones, health, money, security and freedom. Many churches have been holding ‘Blue Christmas’ services to support those for whom this time of year is particularly challenging. We can find hope in the cries of John the Baptist – that it [Read More]
On Monday the Prime Minister announced that places of worship will be able to reopen across the country from Thursday 3rd December, provided that social distancing restrictions remain in place. This means that we should be able to gather around our altar once again to receive the Eucharist. There is a wonderful black and white [Read More]
Phillip is leading Morning Prayer on Sunday for the online community of St Augustine’s College of Theology where he is a student. Join him from 9am on Sunday 22nd November. Follow the order of service at this link.
In this season of Remembrance, which includes All Souls and Armistice Day and in a year when we’ve been confronted by so much suffering so close to home, I wonder if it is actually any “easier” for us to cry – or whether crying (in public at least) is still seen by many as a [Read More]
Please join me for a short service of Compline (Night Prayer) at 9pm. You can download an order of service at this link. Today the church remembers Margery Kempe, a fourteenth century Christian mystic. Her writings (set down by a series of scribes because she could not read or write herself) were rediscovered in the [Read More]
Please join me this evening for Compline. You can download an order of service at this link.
Whether it’s the issue of Brexit or Free School Meals, our news bulletins are never short of personalities attempting to practice the art of persuasion. At times it can feel as though we are inundated with requests to sign online petitions aiming to precipitate yet another policy u-turn. Perhaps we have put pen to paper, [Read More]
At Morning Prayer this week our New Testament readings are taken from St Paul’s letter to the Philippians. The letter was written whilst Paul was being held for an extended period under house arrest in either Ephesus or Rome. But despite his personal circumstances there are no grumbles here, only gratitude – every section of [Read More]