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Patience for maturity – Matthew 13 v24-30 and 36-43

My first sermon as Curate at St. Mary’s Old Basing and Lychpit for 8am Eucharist (BCP) and 9.30am Sung Eucharist (CW) TRINITY 5 (PROPER 11) Readings: Isaiah 44:6-8, Romans 8:12-25 and Matthew 13:24-30 and 36-43 The parable of the weeds and … Continue reading

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My love-hate relationship with Starlings #Birdwatch

The reason that this weeks Mistle Thrush has had so much seed to feed on, is because of the Starlings. I know that according to last years RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch suggested that Starlings are among the garden birds most … Continue reading

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Is my Mistle Thrush muddled? #Birdwatch

During the snows of the last week, we’ve had a new visitor to the garden. A Mistle Thrush. I don’t think it arrived just to perform for the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, though when I do my hour of recording … Continue reading

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Service for the Celebration of Pentecost

On Pentecost Sunday I had the privilege of leading and preaching at the church of All Saints, Minstead (at the invitation of the incumbent Revd Dr James Bruce). This was the church in which I was baptised, confirmed and married. … Continue reading

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Last Swallows of Summer (and other news)

It looks like the Swallows left before summer had had it’s last gasp! It’s now just over a week since I last saw Swallows heading South-East across the heath at the back of Blackbushe Airport. For the sake of the … Continue reading

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Turbo those tomatoes and other gardening notes

This is by way of a horticultural note to self – so you are welcome to ignore it. Last year as we started to spin the greenhouse back into action after the build, Dad gave me three ‘turbo tomato’ plants, … Continue reading

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Fear, a burning bush, and the woman who consented

God moves in mysterious ways. Several ideas and experiences have come together today, and I’m unlikely to be able to articulate them clearly. Please don’t feel you have to understand, as the picture is much bigger than I can write … Continue reading

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Lavender’s Blue – heavenly scenes and scents in Hitchin

There was a brief interlude in the steep learning curve that is lay ministry in an interregnum (sorry, vacancy) last weekend, as we travelled north up the A1M for a wedding in Lincolnshire. A truly excellent and relaxed occasion it … Continue reading

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More wildflowers and spring activities

A pleasant family walk whilst celebrating two birthdays this weekend produced these delightful scenes at Sheepsleas near West Horsley in Surrey. I have a real ‘thing’ about Bluebells… which stem from childhood walks at a place near Fritham in the New … Continue reading

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