St Cuthbert’s weekly – 4th June 2017

Hello all. I was very much struck by the story of Richard Nixon I told last week. Here it is again. Nixon arrives back for an event at the White House filled with ex-presidents and the great and the good. Nixon is an outcast and he is left alone at the side of the room.

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St Cuthbert’s weekly – 21st May 2017

Hello all. I hope that my weekly bulletin finds you well. I very much enjoyed Jon Jones’ talk last week. He spoke about gratitude. He spoke about the beautiful world we live in and being grateful to God for all the nature we see around us. I love my garden here. I may somehow kill

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St Cuthbert’s weekly – 14th May 2017

Hello all. I hope that my weekly bulletin finds you well. We had many people with us at café church last Sunday. Plus we had a wonderful band. I have asked them to come back after the summer break. I was struck by something at one point in the service. The band were hammering out

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St Cuthbert’s weekly – 7th May 2017

Hello all. This week’s talk was prompted by a teapot! It was the teapot that prompted a family feud that lasted for more than 20 years which is very sad. I am glad to report that by God’s grace that the feud is over and the world looks a much better place. It always does

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St Cuthbert’s weekly – Annual Meeting

Hello all. It seems like only yesterday that I started here – but just over 2 years have passed. I chose Luke 24closeLuke 24 The Resurrection 24:1 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2 And they found the stone rolled away

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St Cuthbert’s weekly – Easter day

Hello all. Five hundred years ago Edmund Spenser, the great Elizabethan poet wrote about Easter. He wrote his poem as a gift to his beloved wife. The poem captures the sacrifice of Easter and the call for lives to be turned around. Above all it is about love. The divine love for us and our

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St Cuthbert’s weekly – 9th April 2017

Hello all. The above is a picture of Welsh poet and priest R S Thomas. Thomas was a complicated character, whose faith never came easy. The poem below is by him and is called The Coming. It is sombre and perhaps best picks up the shadow hanging over Palm Sunday. The joy of Palm Sunday

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St Cuthbert’s weekly – 2nd April 2017

Hello all. I hope that you are having a fruitful Lent. I have certainly been encouraged by our services and all that God is doing here. Penny sent me through the following poem that came up in her Lent readings. It is by D H Lawrence. I love the sense of humour of the folk

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St Cuthbert’s weekly – 26th March 2017

Hello all. First, thank you so much to Penny for putting on a great quiet morning at church. It went so well that we have scheduled 3 more before the end of the year and we are thinking of doing a quiet evening too. The bring and share lunch and service was also great and

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St Cuthbert’s weekly – 18th March 2017

Hello all. The following comes from Carl Yung. He argues that we must accept ourselves – just as the woman at the well did. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses. I am the oppressor of the person I condemn, not his friend and fellow-sufferer. I do not in the least mean to say that we

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