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Words and God’s Word

‘If you please’ As the old adage goes, courtesy costs nothing.  ‘Please’ and ‘thank you’ are the lubricants that help life run more smoothly and, even, graciously. ‘Please’; ‘would you mind…’. We hear and use these words often. We know how important they are. We appreciate it when they are directed towards us.  It can, […]


Gratitude is the sign of noble souls. Aesop, 6th Century BC, Androcles If the only prayer you ever said in your entire life was ‘Thank you’, that would suffice. Meister Eckhardt, 14th century priest, mystic, and theologian Gratitude in my life started out as an expression of good manners. Ever since I was a young […]

My Sister Mary

“A sister is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit, a golden thread to the meaning of life”. “The best thing about a sister was that I always had a friend”. “A sister is a type of angel on earth who helps you to be your best self”. I wrote this letter […]

Thursday 1 November

All Saints day Apocalypse 7:2-4, 9-14; Ps 24; John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12 In gratitude It is with gratitude that we remember those who have gone before us, because in their lives they reflected the right attitudes of the Kingdom of God. These, our familiar yet unnamed, Saints are powerful intercessors for us. Under their care […]

Saturday 11 November

St Martin of Tours Romans 16:3-9, 16, 22-27; Psalm 145; Luke 16:9-15 Hello Welcoming someone to your home, or sending a friend your greetings, are simple things to do. Both are deeply human actions. In welcoming a visitor, we put ourselves out for that person, making them special. Saying ‘hello,’ by letter or email or […]

The Church and the Elderly

The Church regards the elderly with affection, gratitude, and high esteem.

Monday 25 April

ANZAC DAY Wisdom 3:1-9; Ps 116; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 12:23-28 Gratitude and renewed commitment Today is a day for deep reflection and prayer. We remember with gratitude those who have given their lives in war and conflicts so that we might have the possibility of peace – and we reflect that we still have […]

Friday 11 September

1 Timothy 1:1-2, 12-14; Ps.16; Luke 6:39-42 I received mercy Timothy invites you into a prayer of gratitude for the grace and mercy, faith and love which you have already received. Stand and bow in gratitude. Open your hands in the ancient gesture of prayer, symbolising giving and receiving. A warm wind is worrying the […]

Wednesday 27 May

St Augustine of Canterbury Ecclesiasticus 36:1, 4-5, 10-17, Ps. 79, Mark 10:32-45 Service “Anyone who wants to be first among you must be slave to all. For the Son of Man himself did not come to be served but to serve” (Mark 10:44-45). Parents serve, teachers serve, parking wardens, cooks, and fruit pickers serve, posties […]

Saturday 25 April

ANZAC Day 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; Ps 116; John 12:23-28 Gratitude and Prayer Today we remember those who died 100 years ago protecting our freedom and the many men and women who have died in war since. So many people have been killed in the last century in wars and conflict. We are deeply grateful for […]