Category Archives: ministry

Doing the right thing – Matthew 11:16-19, 25-end Romans 7:15-25

Doing the right thing doesn’t involve un-necessary guilt. I have a constant and irritating problem, and it involves a computer. Well, to be precise my laptop and our printer. Quite regularly the former will not talk to the latter, in … Continue reading

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Receiving Jesus, Being Jesus – Matthew 10:40-42 and Romans 6:12-end

Some words shared with the lovely people of St. Mary’s Eversley on this first morning of my deployment, when the Gospel seemed appropriately themed to ‘welcome’. Of surprisingly personal interest among the welcoming congregations were a couple we last shared … Continue reading

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Leaving the family – Romans 6:1-11 and Matthew 10:24-39

Last Sunday it was time to leave St. Mary’s Old Basing and Lychpit for pastures sort of new in Eversley. I’ve been so busy since picking up the threads and meeting new people that I’ve not stopped to say thank … Continue reading

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Be heroes of hope – Matthew 9:35-10:8 and Romans 5:1-8

Today has been the last time for the foreseeable future in which I will support the North Hampshire Downs Benefice before my deployment to Eversley. All ‘lasts’ are tough, but after a week visiting the battlefields of Flanders to a … Continue reading

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Growing in new ground: deployed curacy

I wrote my last essay two weeks ago, handed in my training portfolio a week ago, and today it was announced that I am on the move, ministerially speaking. I see the Bishop to conclude the formal element of my … Continue reading

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Praying in Advent through five festivals

Regular readers will be aware that I’m currently on placement in the North Hampshire Downs Benefice. One of the mini-projects that I’ve been focusing on is leading the prayer element of a couple of Prayer Suppers in the Parish of … Continue reading

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If Jesus chose to return today? An Advent reflection

I’ve been preparing some Advent materials, and in doing so found this old reflection, dated November 2006, so as I started Reader Training and before this blog was started! It is by way of a response to the following questions: … Continue reading

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Luke 7:36-8:3 Serving and being served #HMQ90

On the occasion of national celebrations for Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday, I found my self covering a service of Holy Communion in a parish a mere five minutes from my home, rather than the usual 25 minute drive to Old … Continue reading

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Lenten Array (Sarum use) at St. Mary’s Old Basing

I was brought up with Lent being marked by church furnishings and vestments in a deep purple colour, the same as are used in Advent (and by some for funeral services). St. Mary’s Old Basing and Lychpit however is a … Continue reading

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Reflection on Mary of Magdala (John 20)

Presiding in celebration of a Saint for the first time today, so needed to come up with some reflections on St. Mary Magdalene: Mary of Magdala, Mary Magdalene. The woman we remember today has had so much imposed upon her … Continue reading

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