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A Little Something for Parents

August 5th, 2010 No Comments

God be with the mother. As she carried her child may she carry her soul. As her child was born, may she give birth and life and form to her own, higher truth. As she nourished and protected her child, may she nourish and protect her inner life and her independence. For her soul shall […]

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Listen To Your Life

June 12th, 2010 1 Comment

This is how I will finish my sermon on Sunday morning, so it’s a sneak preview if you’re in early, or will be ready as soon as you’re home from church, if you want to read it again for yourself. It’s a reflection from a collection of Frederick Buechner‘s writings, Listening To Your Life, p2: […]

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Eat This Book

June 9th, 2010 1 Comment

What’s your favourite food? Imagine biting into it, chewing it luxuriously, savouring the taste… mmm… That’s what we did with Acts 3:1-10 on Sunday morning, in a version of the ancient Christian practice of lectio divina, ‘holy reading’, and it’s something you can do on your own, any day of the week. Start by imagining […]

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Trinity Sunday Art

June 4th, 2010 No Comments

The mysterious maths of God, that God is Three and God is One, is what we celebrate and ruminate on each year on Trinity Sunday, the week after Pentecost. Knowing that our Creator God made us in the image of the Three-in-One, on Trinity Sunday this year we asked God to speak to us through […]

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E100: Week One

May 30th, 2010 No Comments

This is the first in a series of E100 blog posts written by different people in our community. To kick things off we have Will Mills, whose E100 journey you can follow more closely on his own blog, here. Click on the text references below to see a copy of the biblical text Will is […]

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Service of the Shadows

April 1st, 2010 3 Comments

Tonight we extinguished seven candles, one by one, as we read through Matthew’s account of what happened 2000 years ago.  You could do the same at home, perhaps on Friday or Saturday evenings, so here are the readings, the shadows, and the artwork we reflected on tonight. Matthew 26:36-46: The Shadow of Agony. The first candle is […]

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Thalia’s Top Five #4: How to be Friends

March 26th, 2010 No Comments

Each year I write a ‘Pastor’s Top Five’ for our Annual Report.  This year I thought I’d serialise it on the blog, so here is number 4: one of the 5 things I am most grateful for in 2009 at West. Don’t tell numbers 1, 2, 3 and 5, but this is my favourite!  Especially […]

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Unplug and Plug In: Day 31

March 19th, 2010 No Comments

One of my great hopes for West is that this period of Unplugging from screen-based entertainment will give us space to Plug In to God – maybe Plug back In to God. So often we say to ourselves and each other that we don’t ‘have time’ for things we say are important to us.  I […]

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Unplug and Plug In: Day 13

February 28th, 2010 No Comments

Today we went ‘over and back’ to figure out what Jesus was on about when he announced that his followers were ‘salt’ and ‘light’. If you’d like some extra food for thought (perfectly seasoned!), download the excellent reflection from Robyn Lewis from Northpoint at the end of this post.  She’s also our special guest star […]

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Walking into a New Year

January 6th, 2010 2 Comments

Joyce Rupp is an international treasure. On Sunday at West we used a short reflection on starting a new year with God, extracted from Joyce Rupp’s ‘The Road of Life’ [forgot to say: it’s in a book called May I Have this Dance?, which Tracey owns and can lend].  The piece I read out is […]

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