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About ramtopsrac

Church of England Priest, child of God, daughter of the New Forest, wife and mother.

Hog-news

With the end of the holidays we’re not being quite so regular in our setting of the trail-cam. However, I’m pleased to report that the regular hedgehog (what we first thought were leaves stuck on it’s bottom may perhaps be … Continue reading

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Songs of salvation #RIPAretha – Ephesians 5:10-20 and John 6:51-58

Swing low, sweet chariot Comin’ for to carry me home Swing low, sweet chariot Comin’ for to carry me home I looked over Jordan, and what did I see? Comin’ for to carry me home A band of angels comin’ … Continue reading

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Diary of a Hogfather?

Back on a fairly toasty morning in early May I was gardening and heard a rustling sound. Since no bird flew away, I explored the source of the sound, and discovered a little mound of prickles under some ornamental Cuckoo … Continue reading

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“Gluten-free” Jesus – John 6:35,41-51 and Ephesians 4:25-5:2

To see the broad smile our resident celiac’s face, when she received the same communion bread as everyone else this morning, made preaching a slightly ‘alternative’ sermon worth while. The gluten-free pitta bread was also popular with several others, and … Continue reading

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Nuthatch – a very close encounter

Yesterday afternoon, I sat down for a spot of therapy in a busy Sunday. I needed to paint a stone for the Charles Kingsley School art installation commemorating 165 years since they were founded. It’s got a Brimstone butterfly on … Continue reading

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Peregrines at Winchester Cathedral

I’ve been keeping a secret, and finally I can share it. Back on 21st March, I had finished a meeting at Winchester Cathedral, and got in the car, when I heard an incredibly distinctive noise that had me behaving like … Continue reading

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Exam subject: LOVE  Pass/Fail? John 15.9-17 and Acts 10.44-end

  Back at St. Barnabas this week, with the sun streaming in through the window, and God’s presence very much present, quietly at work among those who need to feel his touch. One or two commented afterwards they wanted to … Continue reading

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Whose voice are we listening to? John 10:11-18

My sermon this week, reflects the nature of our calling as Christians to listen to Jesus, and those who live, love and speak truth in his name, even, perhaps especially, when it’s counter to what is peddled by political leaders … Continue reading

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Christ is risen; share the news – Mark 16:1-8

HAPPY EASTER! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed. Alleluia! This morning was a great chance to consider the Resurrection through the eyes of St. Mark with the children of our congregation taking part. So the following is something like … Continue reading

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Security – Psalm 118:19-end Mark 11:1-11

I preached this on Palm Sunday, a day when many remember the joy and hope that filled the hearts of many pilgrims in Jerusalem at the start of the final week of Jesus life. But, given all that has been … Continue reading

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