June 2023

A reflection for Trinity III Sunday 25th June 2023 by the Rev'd Russell Duncan

And even the hairs on your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows (Matthew 10:31-32)

How often have we been asked if we would like to do something, yet something holds us back from responding positively? It may be that we are not interested. We may not have the time, energy or feel that we can adequately give of our best. We may be fearful of the consequences or uncertain of how it will be received. We may think that we are not worthy of doing it let alone wondering...

A reflection for Trinity II 'Father's Day' 18th June 2023 by Canon Dean Fostekew

Father’s Day is an invention of the American greetings card company ‘Hallmark’. Well at least that’s what many folk think. We do, however, have a Christian precedent for Father’s Day in the feast of St.Joseph the spouse of Mary which the Church keeps on the 19th March. Today, is not the 19th March and our readings on this second Sunday after Trinity do not specifically offer us a great deal of information on what it takes to be a father or for that matter a parent or care-giver.

The first reading at a stretch might have a ‘fatherly’ understanding where...

A reflection for Trinity I Sunday 11th June 2023

My name used to be Levi. Ironic, isn’t it. Levi, in Hebrew, means “joined”. I wasn’t joined to anyone – I was the most despised and hated person in Capernaum.

I lived and worked on a border – the border between the territory ruled by Philip the Tetrarch and the territory ruled by Herod Antipas. So I wasn’t just a tax collector, I was in Customs and Excise as well. And because of that I lived and worked on a different kind of border – the border between respectability and crime, and I crossed that border many times.

People had...

Thoughts on the Holy Trinity by Canon Dean Fostekew

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God almighty!

Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee;

Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty!

God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

Trinity Sunday, a day in which we celebrate the three persons manifested by God, three ways of being the one and only God. When one says it or writes it, it seems quite simple but to many when we talk of the three persons in the God head they may assume we are talking about three gods and not One God.

I can remember when I was at Theological College having to write...