25th December, Christmas Two little girls playing a hiding game, ‘What are you doing?’
asked their grandma, who told the story. ‘We are playing God & Jesus, you can’t see
us we are invisible’.
23rd August, Trinity 11 Spanish churches have now been told to administer Holy Communion
in one kind, to nod rather than shake hands during the peace & to empty the holy
water stoops, all to avoid the risk of spreading swine flu.
31st May, Whit Sunday. ... that very Spirit intercedes with us with sighs too deep
12th April, Easter Day. Easter and Baptism remain firmly linked.
10th April, Good Friday. Before we venerate a cross rough hewn for us by the workshop
of the New Hope Trust – a sacramental sign of the suffering of the homeless – we
can reflect on Jesus’ words.
20th November, Christ The King Above the arch of many mediaeval churches was painted
a doom - Christ as King and Judge, separating the sheep and the goats, sending the
sheep to heaven and the goats to hell.
2nd October, Harvest Festival in Oxhey always requires an exercise of imagination
or memory of a more rural childhood living as we do in an urban area like Watford.
25th September, St. Matthew's Day To many of our neighbours Christianity seems meaningless
or irrelevant. Why are we different?
18th September, Trinity 17 St Paul wrote from prison 'For me living is Christ & dying
11th September, Trinity 16 September 11th is a good date to think about forgiveness.
How often should we forgive?
7th August, Trinity 11 Jesus' disciples were all together in the boat when the storm
31st July, Trinity 10 We are unlikely to face the catering challenge faced by Jesus
in today's Gospel; how to feed over 5,000 with five loaves and two fishes.
24th July, Trinity 9 We can use Lammastide to remind ourselves of several important
aspects of our faith.
17th July, Trinity 8 Ladders seem to be a necessary feature of parish churches and
a ladder is featured in today's reading from Genesis.
10th July, Trinity 7 At St. Matthew's we are familiar with the stony ground described
by Jesus in the parable. Our Church is built on stony ground, as is the Vicarage.
3rd July, Trinity 6 A bag of rubbish that was part of a Tate Britain work of art
was accidentally thrown away by a cleaner.
26th June, Trinity 5 In his poem 'The parable of the old man and the young' Wilfred
Owen quotes from the AV version of the Genesis story.
12th June, Trinity 3 Through three verses from Acts we discover three aspects of
5th June, Trinity 2 What should we pray for in this service of anointing?
29th May, Trinity 1 Today we read the story of Noah's Ark in Genesis. How does it
inform our Christian faith?
15th May, Whitsun St. John has deep reflection with less headlines-grabbing excitement
than St. Luke's account of Pentecost.
8th May, Easter 7, Sunday after Ascension St. Luke in his two accounts of the Ascension
used highly pictorial language to describe the experience of the disciples.
5th April, Ascension Day The Ascension expresses the Christian belief that God exalted
Jesus to glory in heaven and that he is now king of the universe.
24th May, Easter 5 Annual Parochial Church Meeting
3rd April, Easter 1 I want to take you back to Palm Sunday at Bedmond, this year
- because the donkey was late!
27th March, Easter Day If the four evangelists were film directors, what kind of
films they would have made?
25th March, Good Friday Today is also Lady Day, the Feast of the Annunciation.
13th March, Lent 5, PassiontideIn his Gospel, St. John invites us to see the 'signs
of glory' revealed by Jesus.
6th March, Mothering SundayMother's Day has become very commercialised. In the past,
Mothering Sunday was much simpler.
27th February, Lent 3In the wilderness of Sin, Moses again faced a grumbling congregation.
20th February, Lent 2Lent is time when we're invited to grow closer to Jesus.
13th February, Lent 1So what happened to paradise?
20th July, Trinity 5. The 23rd Psalm. This Sunday's readings include it, so let's
have a closer look.
13th July, Trinity 4. To an outsider, a lot of what we do during the Eucharist must
seem very alien and strange.
7th July, Trinity 3. What makes you sorrowful, what do you long for, what do you
29th June, Trinity 2, St Peter and St Paul. Remembered together because they were
martyred in Rome about AD 64, possibly on the same occasion, they were actually very
different in their contribution and manner.
15th June, Trinity Sunday. How do we approach the mystery of the Holy Trinity? Bishop
Heber's answer is in song.
8th June, Whit Sunday, Eric Milner-White introduced the service of Nine Lessons and
Carols King's College Cambridge in 1919. He prayed for the gift of better prayers
and had the gift of writing better prayers than most.
1st June, Easter 7, Comfort What does comfort mean for the Christian and what does
it mean to receive the Holy Ghost the comforter?
25th May, Easter 6, Rogation Sunday. Friends share a special level of intimacy and
closeness and this was true of Jesus and the twelve.
18th May, Easter 5, Baptism The stirrings of faith that lead parents to bring their
infants to baptism can bear unexpected fruit in many different ways.
4th May, Easter 3, St Luke leads us to discover the reality of the person of the
27th April, Easter 2, Easter gives us hope. We can explore that hope as we look at
today's Gospel from St. John.
20th April, Easter Day, Three women, Mary Magdalene, Mary and Salome two thousand
years on can lead us to Easter faith because they are like us, fearful, vulnerable
6th April, Lent 5, Today's recorded request to Philip in St. John's Gospel,'Sir,
we wish to see Jesus'. resonates in an age of visual plenty just as it did in one
of visual famine.
5th March, Ash Wednesday, The Ten Commandments. A traditional exercise for today
is to reflect on the 10 Commandments, always reading them in the light of Our Lord's
command to love both God and neighbour.
2nd March, 1st before Lent, In uncertain times... The awareness of the glory of God
in our prayers can help us to live out our Christian discipleship in the present
16th February, 3rd before Lent, Septuagesima: In today's readings we find two lepers.
We need to see others as God sees them. All to often we judge others by the externals
of class or race.
9th February, 4th before Lent, Roots: Trees need roots to hold them in the ground
in a storm and to draw up the moisture that sustains their life. This Sunday's Gospel
shows how we can be rooted in the person of Jesus Christ.
2nd February, Candlemas reminds us that Christians are to be spiritual naturalists,
people who look, listen, hear, who know their Bible's, who pray and know the Lord.
12th January, The Baptism of Christ Baptism: the waters through which we pass from
darkness to light and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
5th January, Epiphany The Three Wisemen give us valuable clues as to how to live
the Christian life.
1st December, Advent Sunday Advent is a time for recovering our fine, strong and
simple faith, a time for renewal.
17th November, 2nd Sunday before Advent Christian stewardship: Renewing our giving
for the coming year in Advent.
10th November Remembrance Sunday St Paul tells us that we as Christians are not to
grieve as others do without hope.
3rd November All Saints Sunday: You are all saints Everyone has imperfections, even
the great, the good and the saints themselves. What is important is that we all pass
on the message of Christianity to others. In this we can all be saints