At Candlemas we celebrate the presentation of the infant Jesus in the temple as told in Luke 2, and especially his welcome by two people, Simeon and Anna, who had been waiting faithfully for a lifetime to see the fulfilment of God’s promise through the prophets.
Today is Holocaust Memorial Sunday and also Homeless Sunday. In the midst of a troubled world we need more than ever to rediscover the Word of God for ourselves and live our lives by His standard. Barry refers to the sermon by Revd Dr Sam Wells in the BBC Sunday Worship programme. You can listen to this sermon online. The sermon itself starts at 20:55.
This familiar story, which is told only in the gospel of John, is the third of the Epiphany themes and follows on from the visit of the Magi and the baptism of Jesus. It is the first revelation of who Jesus is to the ordinary people Israel, in his home town.
Looking at the baptism of Jesus himself helps us to understand what our own baptism is about – not a box-ticking event but a call to action.
It’s that time of year again, when we take down the Christmas tree and think about the visit of the Magi, and Herod’s role in the story. Who knew that Herod’s first wife was called … ? You’ll have to listen to find out!
There is a recurring theme in the Old Testament of God providing for childless women and removing what was a huge stigma in ancient times. In Mary’s case, the provision of a child when she was still unmarried had quite the opposite effect and, willing as she was to do God’s will, she went to her cousin Elizabeth to seek counsel.
John was a prophet, bringing a message that was often unpopular, but preparing the people for the coming of their Messiah.
In St Mary’s Priory, Abergavenny, is a medieval wooden sculpture known as the Jesse Tree depicting the history of the Jewish and Christian faiths. As we decorate our church Christmas tree we consider some of these anchor points of our faith.
To find life in all its fullness is to follow Jesus, and to do that is to follow the word of God as revealed in the Bible.
James and John ask Jesus whether they can sit at his right and left hand in his kingdom, and he responds by asking ‘can you drink the cup I drink?’ Such a simple question, like the questions that are asked at baptism, yet revealing that accepting Jesus is not to accept the easy path through life.
This morning’s readings, from Amos chapter 5, calls on Israel to act justly, and Jesus talks about the difficulties of the rich young man. Rana looks at these readings from three angles: A call to review your theology A call to challenge our economic systems A call to transform yourself
With two candidates for baptism today, Rana looks at what we mean by a sacrament – an outward sign of an inward blessing.