Sunday, 13 June 2021

Learning to forgive in order to move on

THE week commencing May 17 brought some much-needed relaxation of the covid-19 restrictions. Once again we are allowed into pubs and ...

 

Silence makes room for the spirit to speak

Silence makes room for the spirit to speak

HAVE you noticed that the sounds of traffic have increased since the easing of lockdown restrictions? Henley seems generally noisier ...

 

When life is tough God is on my side

I AM a Christian, not because I have all the answers. I don’t think I know it all. I have studied as hard as I can — I have degrees ...

 

Choose motto for life and keep to it

GIVEN that none of us knows what lies around the corner, something that can help us deal best with whatever looms ahead is a really ...

 

Spring reminder of our transformation

SOME years ago, I watched a play performed by some small children about a pond; not any old pond, but a pond full of fish and grubs. ...

 

Future is bright if we stick together

EASTERTIDE is always one of my favourite times of year: the sense that winter has lost its grip in the face of the gathering strength ...

 

Praying for better things to come...

THERE is a natural order to our observations of Lent, Holy Week, Easter, Ascensiontide and Pentecost that creates a great spiritual ...

 

Great story with a part for all of us

“NO time to die” — no, not the Easter story re-hashed but the latest James Bond film, which should have been released over this Easter ...

 

The positive side of living with loss

LIVING with the reality of death and loss can be very positive. It helps us treasure what really matters and find hope. We have faced ...

 

Online worship has made church think

Online worship has made church think

DEAR Friends, A strange time we are in at the moment with covid restrictions affecting every aspect of our lives. My churches took the ...

 

Don't be worried as it never helps

WHAT are you worried about? Last week I watched a great film called Bridge of Spies, which is based on a true Cold War story. A rather ...

 

Get real and think of others worse off

HAVE you read The Crime of Gabriel Gale by G K Chesterton? It’s a story about how to retain your grip on reality. The plot goes ...

 

Pandemic opened our eyes to beauty

A FEW weeks ago, the Gospel reading for Sunday was the account of the Transfiguration, when Jesus was transfigured before his ...

 

Leaving lockdown is our opportunity

LITTLE less than an hour after the Prime Minister had announced his roadmap from lockdown, I had the first of several phone calls. ...

 

You are not alone with that big load

IN the 19th century, ships were often recklessly overloaded with cargo. As a result, ships sank and crews and cargoes were lost. ...

 

Serious questions must be asked for sake of patients

UNTIL last year I would have dismissed this thesis as far-fetched. However, I am writing this in a hospital car park while Ann and ...

 

Have hope as joy will come again

HOW do you write a Thought for the Week in the middle of a national lockdown, a week when every day looks the same and the biggest ...

 

Whatever you do, God will love you

THIS coming Sunday, the third before Lent, is traditionally known as Septuagesima, meaning 70th in Latin. It marks the period of 70 ...

 

Online worship is blessing for us all

JUST over a week ago we had our last live church communion service as part of our Thursday opening. With the current situation this ...

 

Locked down but feeling liberated

I AM writing this a couple of days after our Prime Minister announced England’s third lockdown since the outbreak of covid-19. Once ...