Archive | November 2015

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BE ALERT! (Advent 2015)

One of my favourite characters in Christian history is Billy Bray (1794-1868), the unconventional Cornish Evangelist. The story of his life and activity is well worth a read. It is both poignant and amusing, containing numerous humorous and moving anecdotes. Born in 1794 in the village of Twelveheads, Cornwall, Billy was the eldest of three children […]

THE GLORY OF THE DAWN (Christ the King Sunday)

There is a story told of a Chinese artist in the third century BC who, having spent many years in carving dragons, birds, and horses upon a cherry-stone, offered his finished work to a royal prince. The prince could see nothing in it at first except a mere stone, but the artist bade him ‘have […]

STIR-UP SUNDAY

‘Stir-Up Sunday’ is an informal term, in many churches, for the last Sunday before the season of Advent. Originally the term ‘Stir-Up Sunday’ came about as a result of our love in the UK of Christmas pudding! The Christmas pudding is one of the essential British Christmas traditions and is said to have been introduced to […]

LEST WE FORGET (Remembrance Sunday)

One of the benefits of not having been in pastoral charge of a church for the last five years is that, on Remembrance Sunday, Julia and I have been able to ‘play hooky’ from the church where we are now members, and attend the annual Remembrance Day Service on the seafront at Weymouth near to […]