Rector’s Blog

Falling on your face

Dear Minster and friends, It’s a bizarre expression. Falling on your face. Usually we use it to describe that moment when we spectacularly mess things up – ‘she fell flat on her face’. It is usually used figuratively, metaphorically. Occasionally we might use it to describe a moment that actually happened, and it isn’t that […]

Sweeter than Honey

  Dear Minster and friends, At this time of year, with the butterflies and bees working away at full steam, the sun out, and the hay ripening in the fields, perhaps there is no better season to take some refreshment. Twice a year a group of leaders within our congregation gather to encourage and equip […]

Visions

  Dear Minster and friends, I hope you have been enjoying digging deeply into the life of Daniel as much as I have over the last few weeks. Tash has been writing a wonderful weekly email, which goes out on a Monday, which has been accompanying the preaching series and has sections for personal prayer or […]

Waiting

  “Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭26:8‬ ‭Dear Minster and Friends Have you ever waited outside an office for a decision to be made, waited for a headmaster to announce awards, or waited for exam results […]

Shaggy Hair Day

  Dear Minster and Friends The shaggy haired days for King Neb. in the book of Daniel were no throwback 60’s or 70’s fashion statement. In his time of difficulty and humbling, and when for several years his normal functioning escaped him, his hair became like eagles feathers, and his nails like claws. He was […]

Pentecost: Men in the flamess

  Dear Minster and Friends ‘Light yourself on fire with passion, and people will come for miles to see you burn.’ Widely Attributed to Wesley “And whoever does not fall down and worship shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace.” 7 Therefore, as soon as all the peoples heard the sound of the […]

Dreams and Prayers

  Dear Minster and friends, “Tell them about the dream, Martin; Tell them about the dream.” These were the words of the great African American Gospel singer, Mahalia Jackson, that prompted Martin Luther King to move into sharing ‘I have a dream’ in a sermon that has come to define a vision for a nation […]

Interpreting Dreams

  Dear Minster and Friends, We are all in danger of having thin or terrifying dreams.  Frederick Winslow Taylor, and industrialist from Philadelphia, began to imagine a revolution in manufacturing – where each task was broken down and perfected, and then workers would all exercise very specific tasks and roles – a factory, and though […]

Miracle Events

Dear Minster and Friends, In the last few days the language of miracles has come crashing into news reports, social media, tv and radio. I will admit that it was two football triumphs in a few days that provoked these words and outbursts of worship … ‘glory, glory Tottenham Hotspur’. The Liverpool victory was the […]