2013: year in review

The end of 2013 is nearly here. I am full of the cold and will likely spend this evening curled up on the couch with a whisky feeling sorry for myself and will fall asleep about 10pm, only to be wakened briefly by the fireworks at the castle mere yards away from where I live.…

winter worship

Just for fun, and because it's the time of year for good poetry, especially poetry about darkness and light, here's one of my favourites. ...Mother of Darkness, Our Lady, ...Suffer our supplications, ………………………...our hurts come unto you. ...Hear us from absence your dwelling place, ...Whose ear we plead for. ………………………...End us our outstay. ...Where darkness…

sermon: god with us

Isaiah 7.10-16; Psalm 80; Romans 1.1-7; Matthew 1.18-25 +  In the name of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I don’t know about you, but I always breathe a sigh of relief when we get to this time of the year when the winter solstice has passed. It means that the light will return, albeit slowly,…

sermon: joy, poignant as grief

Isaiah 35.1-10; Psalm 146.5-10; James 5.7-10; Matthew 11.2-11 + In the name of God: Creator, Redeemer, Sanctifier. Today, as many of you know, is what we call Gaudete Sunday. It’s the Sunday when we move from the more somber themes of repentance and preparation towards joyful expectancy. Our dark violet vestments and altar frontal lighten…