Lent 1 Year B

Genesis 9: 8-17; Psalm 25: 1-10; 1 Peter 3: 18-22; Mark 1: 9-15 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth… began our gospel passage today. In those days… what days? the question begs to be asked. What particular day or days could the author of Mark’s gospel be referring to? It got me thinking. There are many days in... Read More

Ash Wednesday 2015

The hospital room seemed absolutely silent when in reality it was a hive of activity. Nurses were coming in and out. Doctors were conversing. Machines were chiming and offering printouts. There was a restless movement of the family, it was hard to sit still. But all felt silent, completely silent, as if no one... Read More

Transfiguration 2015

2 Kings 2: 1-12, Psalm 50:1-6, 2 Corinthians 4: 3-6; Mark 9: 2-9 This is the last Sunday before the beginning of Lent. On Wednesday, the mood will change, a different environment will descend on us as we will be reminded of our own mortality and marked with the sign of ashes to begin our Lenten pilgrimage. Today... Read More

After Epiphany 5 Year B

Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147:1-12, 21c; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39 Sweeping unannounced into my office, he threw back his long, black cloak over one shoulder with all the practised ease of a magician, and settled into a chair opposite. Neither Halloween nor April 1st and with a board meeting looming, if... Read More

After Epiphany 3 Year B

Jonah 3: 1-5,10; Psalm 62: 6-14; 1 Corinthians 7: 29-31; Mark 1: 14-20 So one of the things that I am working on in my life at the moment, well to be honest amongst a whole host of other things, but one thing is learning how to fly fish. Now I am sort of getting the hang of it, with lots of advice from others:... Read More

After Epiphany 2 Year B

1 Samuel 3:1–10; Psalm 139:1–5, 12–17; 1 Corinthians 6:12–20; John 1:43–51 Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote, “Earth’s crammed with heaven, and every common bush afire with God. But only the one who sees, takes off their shoes.” The last couple of weeks may have seemed bleak and more than a little violent. We may... Read More

Epiphany 2015

Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12 Over Christmas St. Philip’s has had quite a number of visitors and some of you may have been away for a break, perhaps to see friends and relatives, so I don’t know how far you have come to be here today, or if you set out knowing we would be... Read More