Online Worship Archive

Welcome to this online service of worship from Mayfield Salibury Parish Church.  The YouTube playlist may be found here or view below.

 

 

Note: Zoom Coffee and Chat after the Service
  
11:30 am every week on Sundays. The link is:
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Third Sunday in Lent

 Sunday 7 March 2021

 

 

God dwells in creatures,
in the elements giving them existence,
in the plants giving them life,
in the animals conferring upon them sensation,
in [humanity] bestowing understanding.
He dwells in me and gives me being, life,
sensation, intelligence and makes a temple of me.

St Ignatius

 

 

  

AS A DIVERSE PEOPLE, THE CHURCH GATHERS TO WORSHIP ALMIGHTY GOD

 

 

Introduction &   Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth
Call to Worship

 

Call to Worship  From Psalm 19:1 - 4

Leader: Your glory is written in the sky, God;
All: Your artistry is carved on the face of the earth.
Leader: From one day to another, the message passes on,
All: And each night puts the next one in the know.
Leader: Not a word is spoken,
All: Not a sound do they make;
Leader: Yet their silence reverberates around the earth
All: And their unspoken message echoes from pole to pole.
Leader: The stars and angels and all creation are worshipping God.
All: Let us join the chorus.

 

Opening Prayers   Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth

 

Let us hear the words in the first verses of Psalm 127 (NIV).

Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labour in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch
in vain. Happy is everyone who trusts the house-builder, God.

 

Prayer of Thanksgiving
Let us be thankful for the great things God has done.
Holy, Holy, Holy God,
Creator of the heavens and the earth and all that is in them,
You are present in the history of your people, yesterday to today.
Loving God, on whom Vanuatu stands, we adore you.

For our fellowship with each other and with sisters and brothers
around the world gathered by World Day of Prayer, We thank you.
For the great and wonderful things in our lives and nations.
For the authority, wisdom, knowledge and understanding
You grant us, to care for all beautiful islands and countries,
We thank you.

For the fertile lands, for the fresh air, clean environment,
beautiful sunshine, blue seas and still waters of Vanuatu islands.
We thank you.

For the sweet melody of the birds, the sound of land animals,
the fish in the sea and rivers. For waterfalls that
rain down and serenely declare your greatness and power,
We thank you

For children singing, laughing, shouting; for the prayers and
songs of old and young, manifesting the joy of your love,
Praises, glory and honour be to you alone forever.
Life-Giving God, receive our praise.

 

Prayer of Confession
Let us confess to God, who is faithful and just to forgive us. (1 John 1:9).

Our Father in heaven, your name is holy. We are in your
house of grace to confess that we have listened to your words
but have not acted on them. We do the things we should not do
and leave undone the things we should.

(Silence)

We face adversities and challenges in our homes and nations.
We build our homes, thinking we are building on the words of
Jesus Christ, but actually building on sand. We long to be
changed. Restore us, that we may do what is right and just.

Creator God, we confess that we have polluted the environment
and harmed the creatures of the sea by throwing rubbish into
their habitats. We endanger marine life and ruin sustainable
livelihoods. We know we can change.

(Silence)

We confess and regret our wrongdoing and commit ourselves
to fulfilling the mandate to be good stewards of your creation.
God, hear our prayers.

 

Prayer of Commitment
God is looking for a house to live in. Where is the house that you
will build for me? Where will my resting place be?  (Isaiah 66:1-2, NIV).

We come humbly before you and pray that you will grant us
your Spirit of wisdom and knowledge.

(Silence)

Teach us to discern the truth. Lead and guide us that we may live
in a way that is pleasing and acceptable to you.
Humbly we offer ourselves to be a house that you can dwell in.
By the power of your word, transform our lives and
our nations. Make us a household of justice and peace.
Gracious God, accept our commitment.

We offer our prayers to you together in the words we call the Lord’s Prayer

 

The Lord's Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.  

 

Collect for the Day
Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

 

 

All-Age Address  Hillary Leslie

Good morning! How are you all doing? Have you been getting outside and enjoying the sunshine? I went for a sunrise walk last Monday morning and it was beautiful seeing the colours change over the city from the top of Blackford Hill.

Can anyone remember what we call the season we are observing as Christians right now that leads up to Easter? We are in the season of Lent. Did you know that the English word ‘Lent’ is a shortened form of the Old English word ‘lencten’ meaning ‘spring season?’ It seems like this church season that we observe as Christians, fits in well with the different weather seasons we experience here in Scotland. The closer we are getting to Easter Sunday, the more and more it is feeling like spring every day!

I’ve really loved getting outside lately and seeing what flowers I can find blossoming when I go for a walk, as well as watching the flowers growing inside my flat, too. It’s been great to see photos from all of those who have some crocuses blooming from the bulbs that Boyd gave out at Christmas time! I’ll share a few pictures of those with you, as well as a couple of other photos.

Here’s a collage of all the various crocuses – it looks like they have been growing at different stages for those who’ve placed theirs inside versus outside.

I also have some pictures of daffodils – I always buy a bunch when I’m at the supermarket during the spring.

This hyacinth bulb was a Christmas present, and it has slowly blossomed into a beautiful flower – I’m wondering if it will get any bigger.

I love chrysanthemums and these are one of my favourite colours – has anyone else ever heard them called ‘mums’ before?

Kay also sent me some beautiful pictures of some snow drops that she saw on a walk recently.

This time of the year we can also see other creatures coming to life with the changing of the seasons. I saw my first wasp of the year this past week! It won’t be long until the bumblebees are around again, too, especially with all of these beautiful flowers growing all around us.

Something interesting that I learned the other day, is that we used to think it was impossible for bumblebees to fly. We thought that their wings were too small and fine, and that their bodies were too big for it to be possible – it just didn’t make sense! Over the years, though, people studied them and discovered that they fly more like helicopters than airplanes – isn’t that cool? The bumblebee can fly because God created it to fly; God calls it to be what it is, and to carry out the special gift it has been given to take care of the earth. God has called bumblebees to an important job: to pollinate crops and wildflowers. Pollinating is when a bumblebee flies between different plants, carrying the pollen from one flower to another flower to help new seeds grow.

All of us, too, will be called at some point to do something that seems impossible. When you are called to this impossible thing, you might feel that you aren’t smart enough, old enough, tall enough, funny enough or strong enough to do this certain thing you’ve been called to do. But when God calls you, that means you can do it. God will be there every step of the way, giving you the strength and wisdom that you need!

This week’s Bible story reminds us that God is stronger and smarter than we are, and God has used this strength and knowledge to create each of us to be our unique selves, calling us to do things that at times seem impossible.

I’m sure at times this past year you have felt that making it through the pandemic has felt impossible – it’s been so hard at times. But despite all of the changes and difficulties each of us has experienced, God has given us the strength to face each new day and all of the challenges that come with it.

During the Christian season of Lent as we journey alongside Jesus into the wilderness, we are called to listen for God – to see what we can learn, how we can grow, and how we can do the things that seem impossible – like a bumblebee flying! We know that God is with us on our journey – within us and all around us, and we can live the life that God calls each of us to live so that we can grow into the person we have been created to be.

Let’s say a prayer:
Dear God
Thank you for the beautiful flowers,
And for the bumblebees coming to life this spring.
Thank you for being with us,
And showing us that you care.
You call us to do things that seem impossible,
But you are strong and wise,
And you remind us that we can do impossible things through you.
Thank you for helping us grow every day,
And become more and more the person you have called us to be.
In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

 

 

HYMN 404     I danced in the morning    

I danced in the morning
when the world was begun,
and I danced in the moon
and the stars and the sun,
and I came down from heaven
and I danced on the earth --
at Bethlehem
I had my birth.

Dance then, wherever you may be,
I am the Lord of the Dance, said he,
and I'll lead you all, wherever you may be,
and I'll lead you all in the Dance, said he.

I danced for the scribe
and the pharisee,
but they would not dance
and they wouldn't follow me.
I danced for the fishermen,
for James and John --
they came with me
and the Dance went on.

I danced on the Sabbath
and I cured the lame,
the holy people
said it was a shame.
They whipped and they stripped
and they hung me on high,
and they left me there
on a Cross to die.

I danced on a Friday
when the sky turned black --
it's hard to dance
with the devil on your back.
They buried my body
and they thought I'd gone --
but I am the Dance
and I still go on.

They cut me down
and I leapt up high --
I am the life
that'll never, never die.
I'll live in you
if you'll live in me,
I am the Lord
of the Dance, said he.

Played by Kate Pearson sung by Stuart Mitchell
Sydney Bertram Carter (1915-2004)
Words and Music: (c) 1963, Stainer & Bell Ltd

 

  

WE LISTEN FOR THE SPIRIT OF GOD IN SCRIPTURE

 

 

Reading Psalm 19
 NRSVA  
Christine De Luca


 
 
 

Reflection    Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth
Part 1 -  'The heavens are telling the glory of God…’

Close your eyes and imagine yourself in the silence of the countryside on a warm summer’s night. You are walking in the darkness across an open field. Except the darkness is not complete. Without the light pollution of the city, above you is a canopy of stars and planets. You stop and lie down on the dry grass and stare upwards in awe at the sheer wonder of what is above. Thousands of pins of light. Polaris, the Big Dipper, the Great Bear, Orion the Hunter and the Plough. Shooting stars and satellites.

And into your mind comes Psalm 8:1 – 'The heavens are telling the glory of God and the firmament proclaims his handiwork’. The heavens and the firmament are speaking into your heart of themselves. Verse 2 – ‘day to day pours forth speech and night to night declares knowledge.’ The heavens need no language to shout God’s praise, to speak to the ends of the earth. All human wisdom and invention is rendered irrelevant at a stroke. The heavens speak words that declare true knowledge of God, of who God is to us, mere mortals. Take a moment to stare at the stars and think of their speech…

And then comes to mind Psalm 8:3-4:


When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars that you have established;
what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
mortals that you care for them?

What are we? Minor pecks of dust and matter in comparison to creation. Yet God is mindful and deeply caring of each of us. Take a moment as you stare at the work of God, the moon and the stars, to contemplate his care for you…

And your heart might be filled with praise, for his presence in all matter, in every atom, in each beautiful and complex movement of nature. Gazing at the firmament above, into your mind comes phrases from the poem ‘Praise’ by R.S. Thomas.

I praise you because
you are artist and scientist
in one. When I am somewhat
fearful of your power,
your ability to work miracles
with a set-square, I hear
you murmuring to yourself
in a notation Beethoven
dreamed of but never achieved.
You run off your scales of
rain water and sea water, play
the chords of the morning
and evening light, sculpture
with shadow, join together leaf
by leaf, when spring
comes, the stanzas of
an immense poem. You speak
all languages and none,
answering our most complex
prayers with the simplicity
of a flower, confronting
us, when we would domesticate you
to our uses, with the rioting
viruses under our lens.

The whole of creation cries glory. It seeks out humanity even if humanity is unaware. Do we have eyes to see or ears to hear? Rising from the grass, you walk onwards. The Christ is walking a little in front of you too, towards Jerusalem…

 CrossCarry

 

 

 

Organ Voluntary    Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir
(Out of the depths I cry, Lord, to thee

Attrib. Christian Geist (c.1640-1711)

Played by Kate Pearson

 

 

Reflection    Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth
Part 2 -  'For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom…’

We’ve all heard all them. If you've maybe been say a schoolteacher or a police officer, you’ve probably heard more than most, but even as a parent or a granny or grandpa they might be all too familiar. I mean the lame excuses. The toe-curling, embarrassing nonsense that can be given as a reason why. The classic is of course, ‘the dog ate my homework’. When I was at school, a boy was punished for handing in an excuse note that was signed by a person called ‘my Dad’.

Here’s a fine collection of pathetic excuses from genuine motor insurance claim forms after accidents, some of them unintentionally so:

"The guy was all over the road. I had to swerve a number of times before I hit him."

"As I reached a junction a hedge sprang up obscuring my vision and I did not see the other car."

And last but by no means least, “The accident happened because I had one eye on the lorry in front, one eye on the pedestrian and the other eye on the car behind."

It reminds me of the terracing chant when your football team is truly dire - ‘what a load of rubbish’. After the laughter had died down, you can imagine the claims handler at the insurance company thinking this is absolute drivel. Ridiculous, nonsense. Foolish beyond belief.

As Paul writes in his letter to the church in Corinth, when missionaries began to speak of the Gospel in the decades immediately after Christ all around the Mediterranean, for some cultured Greeks and pious Jews this new fangled Christian idea seemed to them also like garbage, a lame excuse for a religion, weakness and total foolishness. It simply could not fit in to the mindset they had constructed of what God and life was all about. For as Paul says in verse 22, ‘Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom’.

For the Jews, it would have been incredible that a person who ended up crucified on a cross in apparent weakness and death could be the Messiah, the long-awaited son of God, who would free the people in glorious conquest from their captivity. They sought signs and grand miracles to rival the parting of the Red Sea. They sought them even in the time Paul was writing. In AD45 a man named Theudas led thousands of people to the Jordan with the promise that he would part the river, which of course he could not. In AD54 a prophet from Egypt led 30,000 people to the top of the Mount of Olives, telling them that he would bring down the very walls of Jerusalem, which stubbornly refused to move.

How could this Jesus be the Messiah, who when he was challenged by the devil in the desert to prove his deity in a miracle, who when he was taunted at his crucifixion to come down from the cross if he really was God, did not respond at all – nothing, zip, nada. A so-called servant King with a message of repentance, forgiveness and love was just not impossible, it was contrary to all belief, it was nonsense. If God was all powerful, if his power to intervene was really endless, and this man claimed to be God, why didn’t he show it off?

 

Jesus Tempted in the Wilderness

Jesus Tempted in the Wilderness, James Tissot (1836 – 1902)

 

And there are plenty of folk in our times too who want the facts, the evidence, the visible proof. Where are the miracles, the signs, the more blatant interventions in the world to stop suffering and evil to prove that a God who cares actually exists; signs of proof now that point towards the Christian claim that Jesus was God’s living presence on earth, his incarnation.

And then there were the Greeks in Paul’s time who also saw foolishness in this Christian claim, but from other angles. For them, Gods were apathiea, more than our derived word apathy, rather a total inability to feel. The Greek Gods were detached from the world, they were not capable of human form at all, especially as a human being that embraced pain, suffering and weakness.

But more fundamentally, the Greeks admired above all else wisdom, scholarship and brilliant oratory. They were intoxicated with fine words, sharp public rhetoric, detailed philosophical arguments on minute points that were like dancing on a pinhead. Christ’s message, and the people that were Christians, seemed to them to be far too simple – they were crude fishermen and tax collectors, uncultured and blunt, an object of ridicule, not respect.

And likewise now, there are many who say, so what? Science has conquered all of your silly superstition. It’s only the foolish and the gullible that can believe these stories. Only those who don’t really understand the world like we do. The human mind is the measure of all things, reason and forensic proof tell us ‘truth’, they have all the answers. ‘Truth’ isn’t this speculation. There is no room for a foolish dream that a God could come from another realm to become human and die for humanity as our saviour. Saviour from what?

Paul’s response in his letter to the demand for proof of the Jews and the superior wisdom of the Greeks is this. In verse 23, Paul says, you might demand signs, you might tell us of your superior, rational wisdom, but here’s what we say, plain and simple – we preach Christ crucified: and it is a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles.

A Son of God nailed to the cross, who died and rose again for the weak and the powerless, for those who have acknowledged their wrongs and limitations and given themselves to God. In verse 24, Paul says you that might find that offensive, or foolish, but for all those who believe it, there lies the power of God come to earth, shown in life and death and resurrection, there contrary to all your jibes and insults, there lies the wisdom of God.

And so Paul is saying, true wisdom lies in the language of the cross, and its meaning for Christ’s life and our own now. And in verse 25, he says that even if you think that shows foolishness or weakness, God’s foolishness or weakness shown in the cross is stronger than all human wisdom or strength. Because, Paul says later in verses 27 and 28 – ‘God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not.

To the slave culture of ancient Greece and Rome, to the poor and rejected of the people of Israel, you can imagine how this was music to their ears! Christianity was liberation. It gave people an identity as sons and daughters of God, not a number on a list, a mere face in the crowd, or a commodity to be bought and sold in the marketplace.

It did then, and it still does now. Respect to those who have none. Life in all its fullness to those who have no life. It says even if you do not matter at all to anyone else in this world, you matter to God. Christianity is transformational.

The ‘special people’ for God are not the famous and the powerful. The ‘special people’ are the person now sitting in the house feeling lonely, the parents exhausted by months of home schooling and full-time work, the bereaved person missing a loved one, the teenager taken over by anxiety and self-harm, the single mother trying to look after her child, the homeless guy trying to stay off the drink or the drugs and restart his life, the refugee cast far from home by war and starvation. These are the special people who are ‘blessed’ in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus promises that in and through Him, they will have heavenly joy.

 

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And that is the true scandal and shock of the Cross – the glorification of weakness, of a God nailed to a pole unwilling to come down, of a God who chooses humility, self-sacrifice and identification with what the world would see as low, dirty, unclean, broken or useless. This is what so provoked the anger and detestation of the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche towards Christianity. Not proof of whether God did or did not exist. Nietzsche once said that if God walked into the room, he would try to kill him. Nietzsche's case against Christianity was that it kept people down; that it smothered them with morality and self-loathing. His ideal human was one who is completely free to express themselves like a great artist or a Viking warrior.

As Giles Fraser put it, for Nietzsche, ‘Jesus was a genius for having the imaginative power to reinvent Judaism but a dangerous idiot for basing this reinvention on the idea that there is virtue to be had in weakness. The weak, Nietzsche insists, are nasty and cruel. They take out their frustration on those who have the power of genuine self-expression.’

The message of the Cross does indeed glorify the weak, but in a way that is not debasing but literally uplifting. It is not a cross of failure and utter folly that disproves a distant, meaningless God, or an interfering, meddling represser. It is a cross with the power of love and the gift of life where God is with us, all of us, broken and calling out in despair as Jesus was on the cross. This morality is the foundation of existence, not its great detractor. The image of the cross shouts out that true freedom might lie in the abandonment of ego, in selflessness and the engagement with the other through God, not the abandonment of the other and the supremacy of self.

Paul writes in verse 25, ‘God’s weakness is stronger than human strength’. And as the Psalmist said, ‘what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?’. Our smallness, our weakness, no matter our lofty thoughts of our own power and strength, is still embraced by God. For Paul, the life, death and resurrection of Christ is not bland or banal or meaningless, but challenging and shocking, as all the norms are overturned, all the usual frames of reference of wisdom and power cast aside. Paul does not abandon all the insights of the day, or say that the pursuit of human knowledge is meaningless. Instead, Paul sets its meaning within the experience of the divine. That is the kind of wisdom we truly have to boast about, he says.

This is the ‘foolishness’ of the cross. The joy beyond human wisdom and strength that comes from the presence of Jesus in our lives. Worldly pleasures and the satisfaction of the desires of the self come and go, as does our health, our plans, our work, our relationships, our fortunes. But walking in the presence of Christ points towards the blessedness of a more permanent, underlying foundation; of a joy which can never be satiated in a morality free vacuum of a libertine hedonism, or a total indulgence of one’s own desires, a joy which the world cannot wholly create or take away.  A joy of the heavens and the stars.               

 

 

RESPONSE TO THE SPIRIT OF GOD WITHIN   

 

 

Prayer  Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth
for Others

Loving God,
We bring to you our world of need and sorrow,
A world you care for so deeply,
That you willingly gave your all for it,
Walking to Jerusalem and dying among us through your son, Jesus Christ.
In our weakness and our folly,
Reach out again in mercy, and heal the wounds of the world.

We bring to you the causes that humanity has created of so much pain and suffering:
The sin of greed,
Our rapacious consumption of the earth’s riches in the West to the benefit of the few;
The sin of waste,
our squandering and destruction of your beautiful creation and our environment in the name of progress and profit,
with no thought of future generations,

The sin of intolerance,
Dividing races, religions, countries, communities, the sword and not the ploughshare,
The sin of pride,
Believing in our superiority, beyond the restrictions of morality and inter-dependence,
The sin of indifference,
Caring too little about you, or anything
Reach out again in mercy, and heal the wounds of the world.

We pray for those who pray the price of human vanity, greed and selfishness
The poor and the hungry
The homeless and the dispossessed
Victims of crime and cruelty, of war and violence
The distressed and the isolated
All who are deprived of love
Reach out again in mercy, and heal the wounds of the world

Loving God,
Come again in this time of Lent to our world, through your Son, our saviour
Mend our divisions,
Forgive our folly,
Guide our actions
Reach out again in mercy, and heal the wounds of the world
In the name of Christ we ask it. Amen.

 

HYMN 397    In the cross of Christ I glory

In the cross of Christ I glory,
towering o'er the wrecks of time;
all the light of sacred story
gathers round its head sublime.

When the woes of life o'ertake me,
hopes deceive and fears annoy,
never shall the cross forsake me;
lo! it glows with peace and joy.

When the sun of bliss is beaming
light and love upon my way,
from the cross the radiance streaming
adds more lustre to the day.

Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure,
by the cross are sanctified;
peace is there that knows no measure,
joys that through all time abide.

In the cross of Christ I glory,
towering o'er the wrecks of time;
all the light of sacred story
gathers round its head sublime.

John Bowring (1792-1872)
Sung by the Chamber Group

 

 

Closing Responses    Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth
and Benediction

CLOSING RESPONSES
Leader: In our coming and going
ALL: THE PEACE OF GOD
Leader: In our life and believing
ALL: THE LOVE OF GOD
Leader: Upon our heads and in our hearts
ALL: THE BLESSING OF GOD

 

BENEDICTION
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, let it be so with us all,
and with everyone whom we love, this day and for evermore,
Amen.

 

 

HYMN 825   Amen

Amen! Amen! Amen! Amen! Amen.


 

God has chosen to save the world
through the cross, through the
shameful and powerless death of
the crucified Messiah. If that
shocking event is the revelation of
the deepest truth about the
character of God, then our whole
way of seeing the world is turned
upside down… all values are
transformed… God refuses to play
games of power and prestige on
human terms.

Richard Hays, New Testament Scholar

 

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INTIMATIONS

 

  

YOUTH WORSHIP  Tonight (7 March) at Youth Group on Zoom we will be having a virtual game night! P6 - S1 from 6.30 - 7.30pm and S2-S6 from 7.30pm - 8.30pm. For the Zoom log-in information, please contact Hillary.

 

PASTORAL CARE   Remember we need you to inform us if someone is ill or due to go into hospital. Perhaps you would now like to have a pastoral visitor or receive a regular phone call?We would be delighted to hear from you and will respond to your request. Contact Kay on 07903 266 307.

ECO UPDATES  Please read our Eco Group page on the church website here: www.mayfieldsalisbury.org/eco

FORTHCOMING SERVICES AT MAYFIELD SALISBURY PARISH CHURCH 

Sunday 14 March Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth
10.15am - Live Stream - Holy Communion
1.00pm onwards Phone Worship: Dial-a-Sermon
Note: No Services in the Sanctuary

CORNERSTONE BOOKSHOP    If you are looking for a book to help you on your inward journey, expand your knowledge of Christian history, doctrine or the Bible, then please support our local bookshop Cornerstone Books.

The physical store is closed during Level 4 restrictions, but purchases can be made at  www.bookshop.org - nominating Cornerstone for all your book buying needs.  More information at: www.cornerstonebooks.org.uk  

 

OFFERING The Church is very grateful to all those who continue to support it through their regular and one-off donations, now possible through standing order or the ‘give.net’ facility on the website www.give.net/20311853 So many members have kindly changed from Freewill Offering Envelopes to standing order that envelopes will not be distributed in future. Because of ongoing concerns regarding Covid19 it is not known when open plate offerings will recommence. If you wish to discuss the manner of your future offerings please feel free to contact me using the details shown on the last page of the Grapevine parish magazine.  Hugh Somerville

  


 

Recommended Daily MeditationsFr Richard Rohr at www.cac.org      Also, see www.pray-as-you-go.org

Books for the Journey

A Literary Christmas  British Library Publishing 2018 and 
The First Biography of Jesus: Genre and Meaning in Mark’s Gospel by Helen K Bond  WB Eerdmans Publishing 2020

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Quotations

  • Because God is both knowable and unknowable the tension of the symbol, the multilayers of the myth and the openness of the poetic are all vital to our desire to celebrate the Mystery to whom we relate and in whom we have our being.
    Mark Oakley

  • You must love him as he is: neither God, nor spirit, nor image; even more, the One without commingling, pure, luminous ...

    Meister Eckhart

  • The purpose of our life is God's glory. However lowly a life is, that is what makes it great.
    Oscar Romero

  • Faith may justify bigotry or fanaticism, as Church history tragically witnesses. It needs a safeguard. If it is not animated as it were by the greatest of the theological virtues (love), faith can become defective.
    Thomas Norris

  • Dry not, dry not, your tears of love eternal! Only to eyes that fail to weep does this world seem so dull and dead. Dry not, dry not, those long, sad tears of love.
    Johann von Goette

  • The post modern paradigm manifests itself as a unity which preserves diversity and diversity which strives after unity.
    David Bosch

  • There is only one assertion that requires no evidence. Children are a sacred trust...Unless we care properly for our children, we shall never build a better world.
    'A Good Childhood’ The Children’s Society

  • These are only hints and guesses, hints followed by guesses; and the rest is prayer.
    'The Dry Salvages' T.S.Eliot

  • According to strict truth, God is incomprehensible, and incapable of being measured.
    Origen

  • Myth is a story about the way things never were, but always are.
    Thomas Mann

  • In the darkness ...The child of your love - and now become as the most hated one - the one You have thrown away as unwanted - unloved ..... The darkness is so dark .... I have no faith.
    Mother Teresa

  • I love the Bible. I owe my faith and my life to the Bible and its liberating message. It is in the Bible that I first met Jesus ... I too am included in God's embrace.
    Gene Robinson

  • It is this great absence that is like a presence, that compels me to address it without hope of a reply ....
    R.S. Thomas

  • Faith is not a proud self-consistent philosophy. It involves maintaining oneself between contradictions that can't be solved by analysis. It is therefore a living response to the grace of God as revealed in fragile lives.
    Mark Oakley

  • Any religion which does not say that God is hidden is not true.
    Blaise Pascal

  • The contemporary Church is losing aspects of its wide and generous memory and therefore condemning itself to become a 'swimming pool Church' - one that has all the noise coming from the shallow end.
    Mark Oakley

  • For all your doctrinal headaches take Paradox.
    Mark Oakley

  • The true vision and the true knowledge of what we seek consists precisely in not seeing, in an awareness that our goal transcends all knowledge and is everywhere cut off from us by the darkness of incomprehensibility.
    St Gregory of Nyssa

  • Death, death be hanged, the Lord has promised me that I shall live. This I believe!
    Martin Luther

  • We feel that even when all possible scientific questions have been answered, the problems of life have not been put to rest.
    Wittgenstein

  • Religion is the flight of the alone to the Alone.
    Plotinus

  • Stupid clergymen appeal quite directly to a Bible passage directly understood ....
    Soren Kirkegaard

  • What is the point of the arts of reading and criticism as long as the ecclesiastical interpretation of the Bible, Protestant as well as Catholic, is cultivated as ever?
    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • A figure like Ecclesiast, rugged and luminous, chants in the dark a text that is the answer, although obscure.
    Wallace Stevens

  • Myth is the poetry of the soul.
    Sara Maitland

  • Our loss of the ability to think mythically, poetically, allegorically, creatively, theologically, and artfully is a greater threat to our religious experience than anything good scientists have to report ...
    Sara Maitland

  • In general, Zen attitude is that words and truth are incompatible, or at least that no words can capture truth.
    Douglas Hofstadter

  • 'God' is a one word poem
    Rowan Williams

  • What is today? Today is eternity.
    Meister Eckhart

  • Apprehend God in all things, for God is in all things.
    Meister Eckhart

  • The most powerful hunger we have, mostly suppressed and misdirected, is the hunger for God.
    Miroslav Volf

  • We frequently judge that things are as we wish them to be, for through personal feeling true perspective is easily lost.
    Thomas a Kempis

  • Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.
    Rabindranath Tagore

  • God is the beyond in our midst.
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  • 'God is not the answer, God is the question.'
    Herbert McCabe