Rector’s Blog

Glory in the Highest

What fun it has been these last two days to sing carols on the train platform at Gerrards Cross station, brightening up the day for the commuters and letting local friends and neighbours know about Christmas at the Minster.  Our Carol service this Sunday evening will be a delight – the bands and singers and worship teams have been […]

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Tidings of Comfort and Joy

I am a carol junkie.  The advent calendars are being peeled open every morning in our household, with chocolate and scripture references being read amongst the cereal and bagels.  The iPod is on the carols playlist, and in the life of the Minster our worship teams and vocalists are practising during the week.  Just like […]

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Making Peace: Avoid Unnecessary Drama!

Peacemaking is a skill, a call, and in many ways a miracle.  We live in a culture that slides into disintegration and disorder, leaving the work of binding  and renewing communities, bringing reconciliation and drawing people into a peaceful relationship with their God to a very small minority.  The very nature of ‘peacemaking’ has become […]

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Oh My Soul

“Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.” (Psalm 86:4)   What is going on in the very depth of you, in the innermost part of your being? The scriptures are full of an understanding that there is more to our life than even our family, […]

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Happy are the Merciful

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy” Matthew 5:7 Many people involved in the management of staff are always having to balance mercy and judgement, patience and excellence – and I can understand what difficult positions this can put us into.  I find it so fascinating how this is acknowledged in part during […]

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Autumn Fire

Necessity, said Plato, is the mother of invention. At this time of year bonfires and fires are celebrations born out of necessity.  The nights are drawing in, so fires show up, the evenings aren’t bitterly cold yet, and leaves lie thick on the ground and need to be burned up before the winter sets in. […]

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Blessed Are the Meek

The Beatitudes are perhaps one of the most loved portions of scripture – and justifiably so – from the easy entry of ‘poverty of spirit’ to the soaring challenge of standing for the things of God when the whole world is against you – they have been called a ladder of the Kingdom of God. […]

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#nofilter

It used to be that we took pictures of other people, now we seem to take pictures of ourselves and post them up in cyberspace for all to see. We used to joke about our vanity over passport photos, but now we have software which can adapt, adjust and beautify these pictures so that they […]

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#happy

“And now my head shall be lifted up, above my enemies all around me And I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy I will sing and make melody to the Lord.” Psalm 27 One of the rare privileges of leading a congregation is sharing in and receiving from the creative gifts […]

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Walk With Me

“No matter where the people travelled, the Lord was with them.” Exodus 40:38   Dear Minster and friends Todays thought unusually brings Physics, Scripture and Hip Hop together! Objects resist changes to their state of motion.  All objects have this tendency – they have inertia.  The more inertia that an object has, the more mass […]

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