We, in the Southern Hemisphere, are celebrating the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity between Ascension Day and the Day of Pentecost, as originally suggested by the Faith and Order movement in 1926 and Pope Leo XIII in 1894. Christians, in the Northern Hemisphere pray for Christian Unity at a different time of year. Christians
Some people snuff out the Easter Candle today, Ascension Day, concluding the Easter Season today. Don’t!!! The Easter Candle is lit through the Day of Pentecost. It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty to react to such silliness with wrath, rage, and other such responses… Easter is fifty days. Count them: 50. Get
As the 200 cyclists gathered in Hagley Park [Christchurch, New Zealand] there was not a cloud in the sky. The inaugural Interfaith Memorial Bike Ride was organised on Sunday to bring people together after the tragic mosque shootings on March 15 and there was an air of excitement as we waited in the autumn sunshine. We met
Let us pray (in silence) [that the God who entices us may also enable us to be transformed] pause Almighty and everliving God,conform our wills freely to yours,and direct our heartsto share your glory by our undivided service;through Jesus Christwho is alive with you,in the unity of the Holy Spirit,one God, now and for ever.Amen.
There are new ways developing for a young person to explore faith, spirituality, justice, etc. This week on twitter “Anglican Religious” (each week a different group or individual tweets) is Young Franciscans (website here). What ways can you add (in the comments) that draw from the past and adapt it to our new, 21st Century,
I have long been passionate about having children in church. This is a Throwback-Thursday post that is certainly worth repeating. One of the chapters in my book Celebrating Eucharist is Chapter 18 – Children at the Eucharist. At a synod I attended, our church’s national youth adviser stood up and declared that our years of
First read:Accept This SacrificeSacrifice Part 1Sacrifice Part 2Sacrifice Part 3 The previous post on sacrifice looked at Paul’s use of the idea of sacrifice while the Jerusalem temple was still active – offering daily sacrifice. We can (too) easily read back post-Temple understanding of sacrifice into Paul’s language. To help us understand the effect on
Let us pray (in silence) [that we grow into Christ’s new life] pause O God,from whom all good things come,grant that,by your inspiration,we may discern what is right,and by your merciful guiding may do it;through Jesus Christwho is alive with you,in the unity of the Holy Spirit,one God, now and for ever.Amen. The above is