Thursday, 30 May 2013

Thought for the Week First Sunday after Trinity

Anyone could have seen the first two just behind the fabric of the world. The third is in an unlooked-for ray of brilliance. Power lifts over us abundantly in sunlight, ocean, lightning; matchless design in a bird’s wing. Only a mind sealed shut could see and not stir to the presence of a creating majesty. Voices speak suddenly with different clarity sing in a key nobody taught. For those it touches this empowerment is undeniable as the wild wind. But power given utterly to the task of mending, healing, cleansing, at its own cost; making whole what was broken; pouring itself out endlessly to be a light to the soul lost in the dark rocks; spending itself as salt to fend off decay this is a new song, a gift beyond imagining, and surpassing strange.
Roddie Cowie

Luke (7.1b–10)

Jesus entered Capernaum. A centurion there had a slave whom he valued highly, and who was ill and close to death. When he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him, asking him to come and heal his slave. When they came to Jesus, they appealed to him earnestly, saying, ‘He is worthy of having you do this for him, for he loves our people, and it is he who built our synagogue for us.’

And Jesus went with them, but when he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to say to him, ‘Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; therefore I did not presume to come to you.

But only speak the word, and let my servant be healed. For I also am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, “Go,” and he goes, and to another, “Come,” and he comes, and to my slave, “Do this,” and the slave does it.’ When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, he said, ‘I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.’ When those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.

Monday, 27 May 2013

The vicars Donkeys Dilema

Trinity Sunday brought the donkey again, this time with friends in the continuing saga of the Donkey, in Attack of the Donkey clones. 21 donkeys in various guises were found around the church which gave the choir an exciting job of seeking out and finding each and every one.
Jenny is awaiting the donkeys return or possible hi-jack of the soon to come teddy bears picnic, the churches annual picnic in the park day. Hopefully better weather might actually see this event in the sun this year.

Friday, 24 May 2013

Thought for the Week Trinity

Thank you God for my family, friends and people at church.
Also, thank you for my new friends Leoni and Naomi
and please look after everyone in the world and the animals.
Thank you also for the world.
By Tijana Catchpol

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most holy sacrament.
I love you above all things and I desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as if you were already there
and unite myself wholly to you.
Never let me be separated from you.
By Leoni Appiah

Monday, 20 May 2013

The Phantom Donkey

The Vicars' nemesis, the Donkey returned again this week to the service. In his fourth appearance the Donkey, with tails of Pentecostal fire zip lined into the crossing from the organ loft during the notices. The donkey also told the story of how he had met the vicar at the local cinema, watching the film because he liked the book so much.
In other weeks the donkey had appeared on Christmas day because the vicar seemed to have forgotten the most important part of the Christmas message -  the New Hope - how Mary got to Bethlehem, Paul took part in the nativity scene in the role of the Donkey.
Later he appeared at Epiphany because he had been forgotten and so came dressed in Camelflage in the Donkey Strikes Back. In his third appearance the Donkey appeared on Palm Sunday in Return of the Donkey, as a high speed Radio Controlled donkey designed to carry Christ into Jerusalem. The Donkey also explained how he had returned the Vicars' bible.
There are rumours that the Donkey will soon return in ... now I get ahead of myself. Perhaps the return will be sooner than you think.

Friday, 17 May 2013

Thought for the Week Pentecost

Life in all its fullness
our gift to be received,
life blessed with joy and wholeness,
too complete to be perceived.
Yet, this was won through suffering,
with pain and blood and tears,
through anger and with hatred,
with jealousy and with fear.
The evil of the cross
through his Word transformed us all,
and now we hear his voice
and his quiet persistent call.
‘Come follow me, and trust me,
just put your hand in mine;
don’t worry about the journey,
I will give to you all the signs...
You will not journey on your own,
I’ll guide you where to go.
Just listen to me calling,
trust me and you will know.’

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Thought for the week 6th Week of Easter

Would he would vanish from their lives?
He knew they were wondering.
So very sad they were.
So sad was he.
he had to
go away from earth.
But his love for them was so keen
that he would place his Spirit deep
within them.
And within us.
Spirit of Jesus,
be our constant guest.
Teacher of all good, remind us
what Jesus said and did and is and how
he has loved us.
Anne Osdieck