April 2020

Hymn for Easter III

With many thanks to Ian Lawson, our Director of Music


O for a closer walk with God,
a calm and heavenly frame,
a light to shine upon the road
that leads me to the Lamb!

What peaceful hours I once enjoyed,

how sweet their mem'ry still!

But they have left an aching void

the world can never fill. 


The dearest idol I have known,
whate'er that idol be,
help me to tear it from thy throne,
and worship only thee.

So shall my walk be close with God,
calm and serene my frame;
so purer light shall mark...

Sermon for Easter III - Thanks to the Rev'd David Warnes

Easter 3 Year A 2020

Today’s Gospel story of the encounter with the Risen Christ on the road to Emmaus reminds of us a wisdom that it easily forgotten in times of fear and stress; the difficult truth pithily expressed by the Danish thinker Soren Kierkegaard:

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”

Cleopas and his companion have lived through what seems to them a tragic disaster, the crucifixion of their Lord and the extinction of all their hopes. They are returning home from Jerusalem in despair. They have heard others testifying to the Resurrection...


I recently finished Stephen Cherry's writings for Lent and Easter entitled 'Barefoot Prayers'. It is a collection prayer poems and a companion volume to 'Barefoot Ways' which takes one thorough Advent and Christmastide. I very much like his pithy words and thoughts and have found myself pondering his phrases as I go about my daily routines. The last prayer poem for Easter is entitled 'Amen':


I have never started a prayer with that word before.

Yet it is right.


This one-word sentence says enough.


Acceptance. Gratitude. Joy, perhaps.


pause for breath. Look up. Take another step.


A sermon for Easter II (Low Sunday) 2020

Low Sunday 2020 Year A Easter II

In Roman Egypt travellers sailing down the Nile would invite the local priests on board:

“… to give lectures on the greatest geographical issue of ancient times: the source of the Nile. Did it flow into Africa from the River Oceanus that encircled the earth? Or did it burble directly from the ground? And how did it flood like clockwork every year, without any rains? … Itinerant ivory traders knew that the Nile’s tributaries were filled by springtime rains in the mountains to the South (in modern Uganda). But the reports of these rustics...

Easter Week 2020

This year, for all of us, Easter has been celebrated very differently. Many have worshipped at home joining in the Spiritual Communion as I have celebrated the Eucharist at Church. Others have followed one of our Bishops offering the Eucharist from somewhere in Scotland and live streaming it to the web and others will have followed services on the television or radio. Our church buildings may have to be closed but we are still able to be 'church' and to inter-connect with each other as we worship our God. 

If Easter teaches us anything then it is that things can...

A sermon for Easter Day 2020

Easter Day Sunday 12th April 2020   Year A

“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene, acme to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb.” John 20:1

So begins John’s gospel account of Jesus’ resurrection. Most of the attention is focused on what happened once Mary Magdalene realised that the tomb was open. How she ran to get the disciples and how she encountered the risen Jesus in the garden. It is exciting but have you ever considered to time before Mary Magdalene discovered that the tomb was...

A Service for after the Liturgy of the Cross on Good Friday or Holy Saturday

Jesus on the Cross

The Stations of the Deposition Jesus’s death on the Cross and his burial

These ‘stations of deposition can be interspersed with music from Faure’s ‘Requiem’

Looking at the Cross    Mark 15:33-41

33 When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 34At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?’ which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ 35When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, ‘Listen, he is calling for Elijah.’ 36And someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave...