Joy to the World

I can see the church building from our dining room window, so we’ve got a pretty good view of the big conifer dressed up in Christmas lights, which our two-year-old has been very excited about. Every morning she checks to see if the lights are still on and reports back promptly. The other day weRead more

Once in Royal David’s City

Sermon, Living Waters Church, December 5, 2021Watch or listen here Our carol for reflection today might be new to some of us but is a well-loved Christmas hymn in other traditions. Once in Royal David’s City is one of those carols which draws out the sharp contrasts surrounding Jesus’ birth in the gospels. Which reminds me ofRead more

Psalm 40 (Ups & Downs)

LWC November 7, 2021 There’s a very old joke about an elevator operator who is usually ignored by those who take the lift from floor to floor. Finally, one day someone takes an interest in him. “This is a unique career choice”, says a woman, “how do you like your job?”, and the elevator operatorRead more

Safe hands

Luke 10.21-24 Pastors can be guilty of boring people with too many reflections from their own lives, and I’m sure at times I’m no exception. But you’ll have to forgive me today because what we’ve just heard from Jesus in Luke 10 remind me of a recent event in our family’s life. A few weeksRead more

Jesus & Power

Luke 9.46-48 Watch the sermon here. The island of Capri in southern Italy is a playground for the rich and famous. Visit and you’ll see super-yachts, fancy restaurants, and high fashion boutiques. Capri is a place synonymous with opulence and wealth, and the Roman ruins there tell us it was the same in Jesus’ day.Read more

Holy Voices

Colossians 1.9-11 Last year a handful of us on the team set up portable workspaces in our church sanctuary, spreading out around the room in a kind of physically distant communal office. We didn’t take that time together for granted, because even though the faces were repetitive, they were at least live faces! Of course,Read more

Recent Poems

Below are the links to twenty-one poems since January 2021. Investiture Beloved On the ChestObject of Prayer To a Welshman Mistakes Her Contrition Fuji (Psalm 19) Graffiti WastelandHomileticsTwo England Strokes The Cost On a Bluebell Early On a Windowsill River Bend Elizabeth Tree Halfway