This is the second in a series of sermons about the service of Holy Communion,
what is in the service, why it’s there, what the pattern, the shape of the service is.
We have now moved into ordinary time – green time – the Sundays after Pentecost/Trinity when we read through one of the gospels (this year it’s Luke) and try to grow in our Christian faith.
I’m proposing to spend time looking at the service of Holy Communion / Eucharist / Mass (yes, that’s not a common Anglican term but it is worth thinking what its root is).
What is in the service, why it’s there, what the pattern, the shape of the service is.
I’m going to start at the beginning – The Gathering (or, in the 1984 service, The Preparation): Continue reading
Once upon a time I was very suspicious when life seemed to be really good, as if happiness was a dire warning! There seemed to have been so many times when from a high I crashed down into a low. I have learned, of course, that life is always a mix of good and difficult, that often the seeming disaster does have a silver lining, and the assurance of good times can carry me through when things get tough. I have learned to be better at noticing the many blessings of life, so often unrecognised amidst the grumbles. Continue reading
Snow is forecast but, today, the sun is shining with a promise of Spring. Snowdrops are still in bloom, green spears of daffodil are growing taller day by day. We are privileged to be able to enjoy such beauty around us every day.
On Sunday we heard the story of Mary and Joseph taking the baby Jesus to the Temple ‘to present him to the Lord’ as was the custom. (Read it here.) Of all the people who were in the Temple that day, two of them, Simeon and Anna, joyfully recognised in this baby the promised Messiah.
The gospel story this Sunday was about the wedding party at Cana in Galilee at which the wine was running out.
On Sunday we heard the story of God calling the boy Samuel. Continue reading