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The Time is Now

This summer in our series of evening services here at St Catherine’s we are going to be looking at some of the parables of Jesus. Now, they are not necessarily ones that are well known, but they are ones which illustrate overarching themes in the message of Jesus – the day of salvation is here, […]

Journeys to Faith – Nebuchadnezzar

I wonder how you came to faith in Jesus. Over the summer we’re going to be exploring the stories of some characters from the Bible, and their journeys to faith. But there is a sense in which they can feel a bit far off, so each week we’re also going to be hearing the stories […]

Well, well, well

Is it just me, or does tonight feels a bit like the season finale of a television series. If I’ve counted back correctly, we’re just coming to the end of the fourth season of “The People Of God”. Season 1 was broadcast in the Autumn of 2016 and shared the stories of Adam and Eve, […]

Not Timid

This evening our text is from Paul’s second letter to Timothy, chapter 1, verse 7: “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” Now, let’s get a couple of bits out of the way to start with. Firstly, is this spirit the Holy Spirit or […]

As we have heard

The Psalm we heard this morning begins with a call to praise God. The place where God dwells is declared to have taken on God’s character – Holy – beautiful – elevated. Zion is these things because God abides there in the temple. It is God’s presence that suffuses the mountain and the city with […]

Confession Time

In 2006, two performing artists created an exhibit in a storefront in Manhattan that allowed passers by to confess. The two women dressed as nineteenth-century washerwomen and sat in the storefront. One underlined the words on the glass — “Air your dirty laundry. 100 percent confidential. Anonymous. Free.” Onlookers were encouraged to write their deepest […]

Ups and Downs

One of the most well known songs from the musical “Joseph and the amazing technicolour dream coat” is “Any dream will do.” Don’t worry, I’m not about to burst into song. It is usually sung at the beginning and end of the performance, as a frame for the story. Poignantly it sketches Joseph’s fall from […]

After you…

I’m approaching the time of life at which I’m starting to think that before long I am likely to have to start wearing glasses, especially if I want to be able to keep reading without holding everything at arms length. I wonder how I’m going to feel about that. For those of you who have […]

Lucozade and God

I wonder how many of you have seen this advertisement for the sports drink Lucozade. I first saw it a couple of weeks ago on the bill board on the station car park. I wonder how it makes you feel, what you think about this Biblical account being subverted and used to sell fizzy sugar […]

Soldier. Athlete. Farmer.

Having spent the last few weeks in Paul’s first letter to his friend Timothy, we now step into the second. The context is similar for Timothy, he is still in Ephesus, leading the church there. It seems, however, that Paul’s suffering has increased as he is imprisoned in Rome, and his reflections on that lead […]