April 2021

Easter IV Good Shepherd Sunday 25th April 2021 a reflection by Canon Dean Fostekew

Submitted by Dean on Sat, 24/04/2021 - 13:46

Easter IV 2021 Year B Good Shepherd Sunday

“And I lay my life down for the sheep…”  John 10:15b

There is a lovely and moving film entitled; ‘No greater love’ which documents a year in the life of an enclosed order of  Carmelite nuns living at Notting Hill in the centre of London. There have been nuns living on that spot for centuries and even during times of persecution the community has remained faithful to their calling and to their locale. What is the most remarkable thing in the film, however, is an interview with the Mother Prioress.

She comes across...

Easter III 18th April 2021 Reflections on the readings by Canon Dean Fostekew

Submitted by Dean on Sat, 24/04/2021 - 13:40

Easter III   Year B Sunday 18th April 2021

Todays three readings which all come from the post-resurrection New Testament writings explore what ‘seeing’ means. Not just seeing but perceiving as well.

Acts 3:12-19

“When Peter saw it …”

Although this is a powerful phrase to begin this reading with it is also a rather stupid place to begin. What was it that Peter saw? You get an idea it was a disabled man being told to walk by Peter in the name of Christ. But to really put this reading into context you need to read the sentences before this...

Low Sunday 11th April 2021 A reflection by the Rev'd Russell Duncan

Submitted by Dean on Sat, 10/04/2021 - 11:13

Sunday 11th April 2021 – Low Sunday

Peace be with you

Scientists tell us that our nervous system must receive and process information about the world outside in order to react, communicate and keep our bodies healthy and safe. Much of this information comes through the sensory organs; the eyes; ears; nose; tongue and skin. It is only when we begin to lose them that we realise how important they are to our daily life and mental wellbeing.

Coming from a medical family where there is a recent history of glaucoma and macular degeneration, I am well aware of the...

Prayers for the Royal Family on the death of the Duke of Edinburgh

Submitted by Dean on Sat, 10/04/2021 - 11:11

Gracious God, giver of all life,

in whom our earthly course finds its fulfilment:

we give you thanks for the life of Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,

for his service to this nation, the Commonwealth, and humanity,

in war and in peace,

in the pursuit of knowledge,

and in his example of reverence for your creation.

We give thanks for the encouragement he offered to the young,

and for his faithful support for Elizabeth our Queen.

We pray that, as you receive him into your presence,

his family and all who mourn may know your comfort

in the assurance that death...

Easter Day: a reflection by Canon Dean Fostekew

Submitted by Dean on Sat, 03/04/2021 - 15:04

Easter Day 2022 Year B

Many of you may well be aware of the ‘statement sculpture’ by the Turner Prize winning artist Nathan Coley in the grounds of the Modern2 Gallery.

“There will be no miracles here”

The sculpture in lights on the grey scaffolding poles is a quote from a 17th century French  royal proclamation in the town of Modseine. A town which had supposedly been experiencing rather too many miracles. Atop the Modern1 Gallery entrance there is a second sculpture with the legend:

“Everything will be alright.”

Which was commissioned by the gallery from the Scottish Turner...

Good Friday worship

Submitted by Dean on Fri, 02/04/2021 - 11:03

Good Friday Friday 2nd April 2021

                    Place a Cross before you.

The Kyries        

Lord have mercy.

Christ have mercy.

Lord have mercy.

The Collect

Loving God, look graciously, we pray, on this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed and given into the hands of sinners and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen

 

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