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February 4th, 2011 1 Comment

If you are interested in a short reflection on Albrecht Durer’s Praying Hands (and plenty of others) to sustain you through your week, visit the excellent ArtWay site, where you can also sign up for weekly email reflections. I get them and find them a helpful oasis of visual worship to interrupt my very wordy […]

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Luke and Rembrandt

December 19th, 2010 No Comments

This morning we had some help from the master painter, Rembrandt van Rijn, in hearing God. His painting of the events of Luke 2:22-38 is sometimes called ‘Simeon and Anna Recognise the Lord in Jesus’ (most other famous paintings of the scene are called the much less insightful ‘The Presentation at the Temple’, also this […]

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Advent 2010

December 1st, 2010 No Comments

‘Tis the season to be Adventy! On Sunday we celebrated the beginning of Advent, the four weeks before Christmas where we get ourselves ready to welcome Jesus again, as ‘God became flesh and blood and moved into the neighbourhood’ (John 1:14, the Message). On Saturday James, Carol, Matt and I spent a day at Northpoint […]

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August 14th, 2010 No Comments

We’re opening tomorrow’s church gathering with this image from my new favourite cartoonist, xkcd. Thanks, Matt, for the find.

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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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Easter Sunday: ‘Hope is Regaining its Health’

April 4th, 2010 No Comments

We focused on two images today at our Easter Feast: an open, empty coffin, and this photo from photojournalism site The Big Picture.  It comes from a spread of images of Easter around the world. This is the caption: Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Police Chief Victor Amato holds a […]

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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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Shades of Advent

November 25th, 2009 5 Comments

Can’t remember what colour to wear each week at West? Me neither, so I wrote it down…

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