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Crumbs of comfort

Crumbs of comfort

One commentator described today’s Gospel in Mark as “Jesus with his compassion down”. Perhaps we might call it: “Small crumbs of comfort”.

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A service interrupted

A service interrupted

‘And when the priests came out of the holy place, a cloud filled the house of the Lord, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord.’

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Hallelujah, hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah

Cohen said: “But there are moments when we can reconcile and embrace the whole mess, and that’s what I mean by ‘Hallelujah.’”

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Bread from heaven

Bread from heaven

I’m going to try and keep you awake. If I say: ‘bread from heaven’ you reply: ‘feed me now and evermore’. You get bonus point for singing.

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Embarrassing parent

Embarrassing parent

Are you now, or have you ever been, an embarrassing parent? Do your saintly children have a ‘Ready-Brek’ aura around them?

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Come aside and rest awhile

Come aside and rest awhile

Jesus is telling us that we must also come aside and rest awhile. To slow down and pay attention to our own hearts, our own movements.

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A healing interrupted

A healing interrupted

So, next time that you’re interrupted… just pause a second… before you decide what to do next. Pause before you decide how to respond.

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Other boats were with him

Other boats were with him

We need a nudge to remember that there are other people in other boats out there when we’re in a storm – and Jesus calms it for them too.

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Love, the towel and the bowl

Love, the towel and the bowl

How different would things have been if the church had taken the towel and the bowl from the foot washing as its sign rather than the cross?

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A vine, branches and a chariot

A vine, branches and a chariot

This week it’s a vine, branches – and an Ethiopian in a chariot. We’re still in Easter Season and still getting a sense of who this Jesus is.

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God showed up

God showed up

In the Wilderness, God showed up – and if he didn’t, the people perished. But people soon forget. They did then – and we do now.

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The Shepherd’s Voice

The Shepherd’s Voice

There’s a theme today of listening for the shepherd’s voice… the nearest most of us get are woolly jumpers, shepherd’s pie and Countryfile.

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Washing of feet

Washing of feet

Is your least favourite time of the church year Maundy Thursday? And for no other reason than because it’s the ‘Washing of Feet Day’?

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Come, thou long un-expected Jesus

Come, thou long un-expected Jesus

Did you notice something un-expected in our Gospel reading today from Mark? Frankly, Jesus acts like he’s a day-tripping tourist.

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Jeremiah – hope and consolation

Jeremiah – hope and consolation

Jeremiah isn’t often known for hope and consolation. Indeed he has a reputation for being a miserable so-and-so, mournful and sorrowful.

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