Reflections 23rd August

St Andrews Ealing Sunday 23rd August 2020 Preacher: Revd Dr Elizabeth Welch Readings: Isaiah 51.1-6 Psalm 138 Romans 12.1-8 Matthew 16.13-20   Introduction: The names we give to Jesus In the Gospel for today, we read firstly of Jesus asking a question of his disciples as to the views of the crowds around him: ‘who […]

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Reflection 16th August

Changing hearts – Matthew 15: 10-28 Reflection by Revd Maggie Hindley I reckon the first part of today’s gospel to be one of Jesus’ hard teachings. Watch what’s in your heart, he warns. I’m with Peter. Surely good people are indeed good people! Why go around digging into their motivations? What hope is there for […]

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Reflection 9th August

Reflection given at St. Anddrew`s URC Ealing by Revd Sue McCoan Have you ever had a day when things didn’t turn out quite as you expected? Maybe things going wrong – the milk’s off, your shoelace breaks, your train is cancelled – or sometimes nice surprises. On Monday, I was setting off to go to […]

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Reflection 19th July

Reflection I mentioned earlier that, for the next 2 Sundays, our zoom services will be in the evening at 6pm, and then on 9th August we meet again online in the morning. But some of you will be going back to your own churches, as they reopen for worship; some who have been regular participants […]

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Reflection 12th July

Reflection: ‘Good soil’ by Revd Sue McCoan  Our bible reading this morning is a very familiar story. As we often do these days, we will hear it in two parts; and we will hear the first part now, before we start reflecting.  Bible reading: Matt 13: 1-9 Jesus told parables, teaching stories, set in everyday […]

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Reflection 5th July

Reflection 5th July by Revd Sue McCoan  Yesterday was hailed as Liberation Day – or, in some of the papers, Super Saturday. After 100 days of lockdown, the pubs are open again! Hurrah! Also hairdressers and hotels and other businesses and, somewhere in the small print near the end of the article, places of worship. […]

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Reflection 28th June

Hymn: Let us build a house where love can dwell   © Marty Haugen 1994   Reflection by Revd Sue McCoan No prizes for guessing, from the hymn, that the theme for today is ‘welcome’ – the way we are made welcome, and the way we welcome others. It might seem like tactless timing, given that […]

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Reflection 21st June

Reflection by Revd Sue McCoan Last week, we looked at Jesus sending out his twelve disciples to bring good news to the people around them. Our readings this week are from later on in that same briefing. In between the two readings, Jesus has told them not to take luggage, and just before the verses […]

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Reflection 14th June

Reflection by Revd. Sue McCoan  If you’ve been watching anything on commercial TV lately, and you’ve seen the adverts, you will almost certainly have seen the one inviting people to pick this year’s crops. For umpteen years now, most of the soft fruit and summer vegetables in this country have been picked by seasonal workers, […]

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Reflection Trinity Sunday

Reflection by Revd Dr Elizabeth Welch  I can remember speaking at an ecumenical conference some years ago and mentioning the Trinity. During the question time a Methodist minister commented ‘oh that’s the Sunday Methodist ministers have off and the service is left to the lay preachers.’ Well I was pretty impressed that Methodist lay preachers […]

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