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Outcomes

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the dailiness of life

Dear Friends, The excitement and joy of Easter Day is fading into the dailiness of living life in a post-Easter world. As frail human beings, we cannot live on a permanent high. Heaven seems too overwhelming to contemplate, so God is gently returning us to our journey on the road towards God. Now, instead of encountering empty tombs and angels, we are called to the regular work of uncovering the God of Life in all that we do and say and experience.more...

into the wilderness

Dear Friends, I have never seen the wilderness in which so much of Scripture is set. I do have experience of the vast wildernesses of New Mexico. It isn’t a place in which you want to be stranded. One look at that vast expanse of barren beauty leaves me in no doubt as to my relationship to the creation - small. more...

How could such a thing be true?

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Movie trailer + premiere

The approaching Palm Sunday has something of the atmosphere of a movie trailer. Events flash before us at confusing speed in an attempt to persuade us we want to see the whole production. Beginning with the excitement of a triumphal procession we are quickly plunged into a morass of jealousy, politics, betrayal, and suffering. The director of this particular movie, however, leaves us with no happy ending. There is no cheap and neat conclusion to his plot. It appears to be the quintessential kitchen-sink drama; beginning in joy, rapidly descending to darkness and despair, and ending in failure – just what we expect.more...

consoling hope

This morning’s collect asks, “Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what your promise.” Some years ago there was a radio broadcast of some children being interviewed about their observance of Lent. They had chosen fasting. One boy explained that he had given up all fried foods. The interviewer inquired as to whether he had felt tempted to break his fast. “Yes,” the boy responded. “How did you deal with that?” “I cheated,” he replied.more...

bigger than ourselves

Some years ago I was on a trip that included a visit to Grand Canyon. Impressed by its splendor and beauty, my family and I decided to take a dawn trip into the canyon along the recommended “easy route.” Equipped with the correct amount of water, appropriate shoes and hats, and sensible clothes we set off in the morning darkness. Confident and excited, we anticipated our arrival at the first rest stop, Indian Terrace, five miles down. This was really going to be something for our Christmas letter to England!more...

The task of the Israelites

The collect this morning names the fears of our lives we would rather not acknowledge. “Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”more...

deeply moving reconciliation

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Simple and holy Lent

Lent is not so much a time set apart from our normal lives as a time to re-connect with life as we might like it to be.more...

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