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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Reflection: Pentecost

Reflection by Revd Sue McCoan  ‘When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place’. Familiar words, that start our bible reading for today, Pentecost Sunday. We’ll hear the reading shortly. But in preparation for that, I’d like to reflect on what Pentecost meant before it became known to us as […]

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Reflection 24th May

Reflection by Revd Sue McCoan  Last week, we reflected on freedom, partly because we were feeling the lack of it. This week I am reflecting on ‘Glory’, and after 2 months without a hairdresser I’m a bit short on that too. When I think of glory, it goes with splendour and majesty – pictures of […]

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Reflection 17th May: freedom

Reflection given by Revd Sue McCoan  I’m sure we’ve all been aware, over the last couple of months, of our loss of freedom. Last weekend, in anticipation of the government reviewing the lockdown on Sunday, there were headlines in the papers like ‘Freedom Monday!’ Yesterday, there were people gathering to protest against lockdown, demanding freedom […]

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Reflection 10th May

Reflection by Revd Sue McCoan  I wonder if you remember the TV sitcom ‘Are you being served?’, set in a department store. If so, you will remember Mr Humphries, played by John Inman, the sales assistant in gents’ clothing who was outrageously camp. Mr Humphries could always raise a laugh, when a customer asked how […]

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Reflection 3rd May

Reflection by Revd Sue McCoan  This week, we leave the Easter story. For the next few weeks, up to Pentecost, we’ll be looking at some of the things Jesus said about himself, and about his followers. Today, we have Jesus using the image of sheep and shepherds. There are a lot of shepherds in the […]

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Reflection 26th April

Reflection    April 26th We are a month into the lockdown now. We are over the initial shock, the sudden change of the way we live, shop, work and worship. It’s been tiring enough just keeping up. But now we have time to adjust, to look around, to draw breath. We hear encouraging news, that we […]

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