‘Twas the Night Before…

Not knowing what is going to happen can produce all sorts of feelings, such as worry, hope, desperation, confidence, resignation, determination, excitement and so on. The ‘night before’ can last a long time. Sleeplessness can lead to hours spent thinking about possible outcomes. Anticipation could build up to excited expectation or fear of failure. The […]

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Winter

The lights are going up on the houses all around us. Bambi in golden lights on one house, the palm tree lit up in the garden of another, and flashing blue and white lights on a third.  December 1st marked the beginning of meteorological Winter and the start of the Christian festival of Advent. I […]

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What is a spiritual approach to Christmas?

Do we celebrate with Christians their joy and hope, even though the story is mythical and the timing adopted from the Yuletide celebrations?  Do we try to be sensitive to all faiths, recognising that this is also the time for Hanukkah and other religious observances? Do we go for a cultural celebration, a winter fest […]

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A New Life

I have agreed to take part in a worship preparation session for a carol service. I am not sure why! I have been singing carols and other songs about Christmas for weeks at the community choir rehearsals. The concert was on 1st December so I could have left them behind. Of course the words and […]

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Time

“What time is it Mr. Wolf?”  Is the question asked in a children’s game. There are many different answers, but the one to be afraid of is “Dinner time!” In our Community Choir Concert this last weekend we sang a song entitled ‘Now and forever’, which included the words ‘time waits for no-one, time rushes […]

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A new World?

Carols on the High Street on Christmas Eve was, I suppose, a community cultural event. I am not sure how many people there thought about the story of the birth of Jesus as a world changing event. Or how many are expecting the return of Jesus to usher in a new world. I wonder if […]

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Telling the story

Telling the story Being able to communicate is a wonderful ability. To establish understanding between yourself and other people is quite an achievement. The trouble is our communications often go wrong, and misunderstanding, frustration and worse can result. Our community choir sang with a brass band to give a Christmas Concert last Saturday. We sang […]

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Identity, nationality, culture and religion

Identity, nationality, culture and religion. On Monday night I heard from Tim, a worker for a local charity, some of the story of three Syrian families who have come to this country as part of a resettlement programme for vulnerable refugees. One of the issues we touched on was that of identity and how it […]

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