Wednesday, 28 April 2021
Jane has been an excellent archdeacon of Southwark and a great friend to our churches.
We shall miss her but wish her God's richest in her new work for him.
She can hear Jane introduce herself to her new diocese in this brief video message:
Tuesday, 27 April 2021
Monday, 26 April 2021
Friday, 23 April 2021
Jacob explains how the dragon flying on the top of St James's belltower is a reminder of the dragon that England's patron saint fought in real life.
You can see below a short video of St James's dragon made at the time of its regilding and restoration:
Sunday, 18 April 2021
Thursday, 15 April 2021
The Prince had an interest in theology and in in-service training for the clergy.
When he founded St George's House, set in the grounds of Windsor Castle, in 1966 with its brief of being 'a place where people from right across society who are in a position to make a difference might gather together to grapple with issues pertinent to our contemporary world' regular conferences and consultations for the clergy were part of the plan from the beginning.
So for ten days in 2007 and a further week two years later, I took part in one of the St George's House residential clergy consultations. There was a large reading list in preparation for the conference. Each of us had to prepare and read a paper on a topic we had chosen, and then afterwards we each had a kind of private tutorial/debrief with one of the House's theologians.
Each day we had worship in St George's Chapel and on one memorable night we our own private tour of the Chapel, after the public had departed.
In the Dean's study we saw the large Oak table on which the severed head of King Charles the First was sown back on to his body before being interred.
During the second course we visited the small 'village church' in the Great Park where the Queen worships each Sunday alongside estate workers.
Our discussions, and especially the amazing range of speakers who came to address us, was fascinating.
All in all it was a memorable time, and another example of the Duke's wide ranging interests and desire to make a difference.
Sunday, 11 April 2021
I usually watch the press preview at 10.30pm or 11.30pm on the BBC news channel. It like to see how the papers plan to cover the different stories the next day.
Saturday, 10 April 2021
Friday, 9 April 2021
O Lord, our heavenly Father, high and mighty, King of kings, Lord of lords, the only Ruler of princes, who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers upon earth: Most heartily we beseech thee with thy favour to behold our most gracious Sovereign Lady, Queen ELIZABETH; and so replenish her with the grace of thy Holy Spirit, that she may alway incline to thy will, and walk in thy way. Endue her plenteously with heavenly gifts; grant her in health and wealth long to live; strengthen her that she may vanquish and overcome all her enemies; and finally after this life she may attain everlasting joy and felicity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Monday, 5 April 2021
With the Covid regulations now allowing outdoor singing in churchyards, we were able to conclude our Easter Day communion services in both churches by going out to sing 'Thine be the glory' and 'the greatest day in history.'
It was a wonderful moment singing at the tops of our voices:
Saturday, 3 April 2021
The body lay in the grave. It was Saturday, the sabbath, the seventh day of the week, the day of rest.
In the first chapter of the Bible the Lord begins the act of creation on the first day of the week.
On the sixth day he completes his work; 'the heavens and the earth were completed in their vast array.'
On the seventh day he rests: 'God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.'
In the same way, on the sixth day, the Friday, the Son of God completed his work: 'It is finished' he cried from the cross
Then on the seventh day, like his Father, he rested.
Holy Saturday: This is the day of resting and waiting.
Tomorrow is the first day of the week, and it was on the first day that the Lord Jesus Christ emerged from the tomb alive. The New Creation had begun (on a Sunday, just as before).
Friday, 2 April 2021
Good Friday and we had our open air service in St James's Churchyard and, for the first time since Christmas: we could sing! It was so good to be there.
Our concluding hymn was that classic, I stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene, with its repeated refrain
Here from Celtic Worship is a wonderful version of that hymn:
Thursday, 1 April 2021
We do not presume
to come to this your table, merciful Lord,
trusting in our own righteousness,
but in your manifold and great mercies.
We are not worthy
so much as to gather up the crumbs under your table.
But you are the same Lord,
whose nature is always to have mercy.
Grant us, therefore, gracious Lord,
so to eat the flesh of your dear son Jesus Christ
and to drink his blood,
that we may evermore dwell in him
and he in us. Amen.