Archive for April 2012

A case for doubt

Some thoughts about doubt. This Sunday we read the story of Thomas. Readings are here. The BBC is featuring a series on doubt. “Doubt is so much more useful than certainty” Madeleine Bunting relates her thoughts on The Case for Doubt: “Doubt is a glorious reminder of our limitations as human beings, of how suspicious…

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Notes towards a sermon — not quite there yet. Readings are here. Mary Magdalene – early, weeping burdened with her grief, uncaring of her safety in the streets and outskirts of the city, she walks through the town out to the place where she last saw him in the garden near his tomb. Jesus the…

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Good Friday: if it be your will

If it be your will  That I speak no more  And my voice be still  As it was before  I will speak no more  I shall abide until  I am spoken for  If it be your will  If it be your will  That a voice be true  From this broken hill  I will sing to…

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Maundy Thursday: wash my hands

by Lucy Nanson, New Zealand: Wash my hands on Maundy Thursdaynot my feetMy hands peel potatoes, wipe messes from the floorchange dirty nappies, clean the grease from pots and panshave pointed in anger and pushed away in tearsin years past they’ve smacked a child and raised a fistfumbled with nervousness, shaken with fearI’ve wrung them…

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Maundy Thursday

Notes towards a sermon. Readings are here. Exodus tells of the origins of Passover – Blood on the door posts and the lintel. A spring festival of birth – lambing – a way to ensure safe passage for all being born. All entryways were daubed with blood. Flocks and herds were the wealth of the…

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Palm Sunday: Hosanna

Readings are here. Hosanna! We shout at the beginning of our liturgy – waving our palms. I always thought it meant something like Hallelujah but discovered that it means “Save us.” Save us, save me! My question today is “Save us from what? for what?” What are the things you wish to be saved from?…

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