Rector's Blog

Daniel: Being a stand up person in a bow down world (week 1)

Daniel: when God leads you into Exile. Daniel 1: 1-7 Daniel was taken captive to Babylon during the first invasion by Nebuchadnezzar (605-562BC) at about the age of 16.  He was from among the elite  young men of Israel; physically impressive, intellectually astute and socially poised. A key aspect of Nebuchadnezzar’s invasion strategy was to take […]

Easter Crossroads

  Dear Minster and Friends, Easter is here! And just like Jesus’ journey went from the cross to resurrection, so we too, like millions of others around the world and down through the ages, consider the journey that Jesus made in order to open up a way for us. We are invited to remember the […]

Seeking Godly wisdom together

  Dear Minster and Friends, “It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us” Acts 15:28 The process of finding and discerning the will of God is a fascinating and exciting process. Done best, it is done in community and in the flow of the Holy Spirit. Done best it is done with others, […]

Being hospitable

  Dear Minster and Friends, Spring has finally sprung! The last few Sundays the sun has been bright, the blossoms fragrant and the birds have been sweetly chirruping.  What a treat for us to be able to worship God in our beautiful setting at Latimer Minster, and also to be able to share our farm […]

The Importance of Telling Stories

Dear Minster and Friends It is often forgotten that Jesus was a story teller.  He was known for it, famous for it, excellent at it. The story of the Good Samaritan, only a few lines of text in Luke 10, remains one of the most influential stories of all time.  It sets the scene brilliantly, […]

The Psalms

Dear Minster and Friends I was moved this morning as we met for Communion at the farm. Dan led us in a meditation and engagement with Psalm 3, and we have a growing group who are able to make the Wednesday 9am prayer and the 9:30am short communion service. For several weeks they have been […]

What are the ancient ways?

Dear Minster and Friends ‘Ask for the ancient ways and walk in them’ Jeremiah 6:6 Along the top of the Chiltern Hills stretches an 87 mile ancient pathway which has been used since pre-Saxon times. Those who are used to driving to Oxford down the M40 go over it by the large cutting in the […]

Stop, Look, Ask

Jeremiah 6:16 Thus says the LORD: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. Dear Minster and Friends I couldn’t help thinking as Tracy Cotterell was preaching on Sunday and mentioning the sudden and unexpected storms […]