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February 2017

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Resources for Lent 1

The above chart gives a good overview of the different ways of counting Lent and Easter. You are welcome (encouraged) to reproduce it – but please have the courtesy of acknowledgement and, if online, put a clickable link to this site. Collect for Lent 1 Let us pray (in silence) [to follow Christ more closely]

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True Lies?

We live in a world of “alternative facts”, a “post-truth” culture. No questions are silly. Every opinion is of equal value. There has been a clever sleight of hand: we have turned valuing every person whatever their opinion into valuing every opinion. People, in this new world, don’t do wrong, certainly they don’t sin –

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Merton & Mindfulness

If you are in Christchurch on Thursday, 16 March, do come and listen to Helen and me talk about Thomas Merton and Mindfulness, and discuss and ask questions, in the Chapman Room at Christ’s College (Rolleston Ave). The talk starts at 7:30pm followed by refreshments. You will be getting away about 9ish. ANYONE and EVERYONE

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Another Lifestyle Option

I have previously suggested that the community that gathers around this site could purchase a home (see here; also here). Don’t ask me how (because I seriously cannot remember) but I recently stumbled upon a monastery for sale. It is on the site of a hermitage dating back to the fifth century. But now with

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Resources for Ordinary 8

Let us pray (in silence) [that we cooperate with God’s will] Pause Grant, Lord, [or O God] that the course of this world may be directed by your peaceful governance, and that your church may be joyful as, in confidence and serenity, we serve your purpose; through Jesus Christ, our Saviour who is alive with

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Matthew in Slow Motion 4

and Aram the father of Aminadab, and Aminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse (Matthew 1:4-5) This is the fourth post in a series – you can begin here:

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Prayers & Squares

I have already reflected on a Eucharist at St Andrew’s, Plimmerton, and there is another part of that service I want to reflect on. After receiving communion, most persons of the congregation stopped by a nearby quilt hanging vertically. Each of these persons tied a knot in one of the threads protruding from it, stopping

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Resources for Lent

Lent is a fortnight away. Here are some resources to help your planning. You are encouraged to use material from this site. Especially in reproducing material, please note the Terms of Use at the bottom of each page. Ash Wednesday Collect Let us pray (in silence) [for grace to keep Lent faithfully.] pause Almighty and

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