Category Archives: Lent

Sermon: Ashes and Valentines

A short sermon for yesterday evening’s Circuit Ash Wednesday Service. Joel 2:12-17 Easter, and therefore Ash Wednesday, is early this year. One of the curious results is that this year Ash Wednesday is followed by Valentine’s Day, which is, as … Continue reading

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Hymn of the week: All glory, laud and honour

One of the books I am reading at the moment is Hywel William’s Emperor of the West: Charlemagne and the Carolingian Empire. I enjoy reading history and found this second hand on the shelf of our church charity shop Second … Continue reading

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The Lord’s Servant: a brief reflection on Isaiah 50:4-11

Last week in church we read words of hope from the prophet Jeremiah that were spoken to a people about to go into exile in Babylon. This Sunday’s Old Testament reading comes from a slightly later period – possibly a … Continue reading

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Hymn of the week; All glory, laud and honour

I am afraid I am a bit of a liturgical dinosaur. Having been brought up on a lectionary and calendar that observed last Sunday as ‘Passion Sunday’ and this Sunday as ‘Palm Sunday’ I find it difficult to make the … Continue reading

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Sermon: ‘The world’s tempestuous sea’

First Sunday in Lent, Year A Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11 Note: this sermon is a development of an earlier post in the light of the Japanese earthquake/tsunami. It draws on material originally written on the occasion of … Continue reading

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Hymn of the week: Lord, who throughout these forty days

This week’s hymn is particularly appropriate for the First Sunday in Lent. Based on the Gospel account of Jesus’ temptations, it was written by Claudia Hernaman as a children’s hymn, and first published in 1873. The hymn’s first appearance in … Continue reading

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Forty days

Today is Ash Wednesday and the first day of the season of Lent. Lent, as everybody knows, is forty days long, only if you count the days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Saturday on a calendar you will find there … Continue reading

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