Tag Archives: prayer

Prayerfulness

I’m going to start this morning in what might seem to be a slightly odd place, which is by addressing something that I now think that I missed in what I said last Sunday morning. You see, last week we were thinking about what it means to be expectant to meet with God, as part […]

Exiles and Foreigners

A couple of years ago I was in Lubambashi airport on the way home from a two week trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo. We were already running a day late, because of a failure of a connecting flight the previous day, and there was some doubt as to whether or not we had […]

Sit down and shut up?

So, this week we begin our slightly postponed journey through the Pastoral Epistles, 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus. These letters, written by Paul towards the end of his life to his young proteges give us insight into the working of the early church, the challenges it was facing, and practical guidance on how leadership […]

Speak Lord

I have a bit of a soft spot for good old Ananias. There he is, minding his own business in Damascus, when one day God speaks to him in a vision. In scenes reminiscent of the call of Samuel in the Old Testament, God starts with a simple call of a name. “Ananias”. Now, compared […]

Daily Bread

Come with me in your imaginations to the desert of Sin. This is not quite as interesting as it sounds. It’s just a hot, dry place somewhere to the north east of Egypt, between Mount Sinai and the oasis at Elim. The Israelites had been out of Egypt for about a month and a half, […]

Our Father in heaven …

So, Easter has been and gone, we’re working our way through the last of the chocolate eggs and looking forward to the kids going back to school, some sunshine, and the summer holidays starting to appear on the horizon. For the whole of this term here at All Saints we’re going to be exploring prayer, […]

Rejoice in prayer

This evening we are beginning our new sermon series exploring Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi but before we dive into the letter itself, it is worth taking a few minutes to understand the background and the context it is written into. A lot of this background is provided by the reading we had […]

Praying for the City

How do you eat an elephant? A bite at a time. Now, when Nick asked me to speak on Praying for the City that is a bit what it felt like. Cities are big places and prayer is a big subject, no just one elephant, but two! You’ll be glad to hear that I’m not […]

Don’t Worry. Rejoice.

When I was last in a prison I was sorry to leave, but was also very glad that I didn’t have to stay. I’d been there as part of my work experience placement from college when I was training to be a vicar. I’d spent two weeks with the chaplains, getting a bit of a […]

That I may see

In a moment I would like us to go on a journey in our imagination to Jericho, to experience this meeting between Jesus and the blind man. Before we do that, though, I would like to fill in a bit of the background for us. The first bit of background is to do with what […]