Author Archives: Revd Canon Ian Black

About Revd Canon Ian Black

Ian is Vicar of Peterborough, Canon Residentiary of Peterborough Cathedral and Rural Dean of Peterborough. He previously served for 10 years in Leeds, as Vicar of Whitkirk and as a member of the Chapter of Ripon Cathedral. He has also worked in Kent in Maidstone and as priest-in-charge of a group of parishes 10 miles north west of Canterbury. He was a Minor Canon of Canterbury Cathedral, a prison chaplain and Assistant Director of Post-Ordination Training for the Diocese of Canterbury. Prior to ordination Ian had a career in tax, both with the Inland Revenue as a PAYE Auditor and a firm of Chartered Accountants as a Tax Accountant. Ian is married with two sons. He is the author of three books of prayers: Prayers for all occasions (SPCK 2011), Intercessions for Years A, B & C (SPCK 2009) and Intercessions for the Calendar of Saints and Holy Days (SPCK 2005). His latest book is 'Follow me: living the sayings of Jesus' (Sacristy Press 2017). He has been writing online since the mid 1990s.

The flourishing of grace

We have two stories of healing this morning and both involve foreigners – people from nearby countries, viewed at best with suspicion and often with open hostility. Both, though, turn out to play key roles in the unfolding events and … Continue reading

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RESPECT: A Simple Charter for Good Debate

When I went on Sabbatical at the beginning of July Theresa May was still Prime Minister. In the past three months a new resident occupies 10 Downing Street and has caused scandal and outrage, leading to a breakdown of trust. … Continue reading

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On Sabbatical…

  I am currently on Sabbatical until October – an extended period to rest, reflect and renew.       All enquiries: Peterborough Parish Church Peterborough Cathedral Deanery

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Prayer for a city centre church – Patronal Festival Sermon

Over the past few years I have written a number of prayers for various special occasions and moments when something specific has been needed – moments of celebration, moments of public grief, anniversaries and to accompany events or reflect significant … Continue reading

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Hands across divides – Sermon as a Muslim Mayor Installed in a Christian Cathedral

There is something remarkable taking place today, which has almost escaped notice. Not this civic service; that happens every year. Not even that this year our Mayor is a Muslim and taking his seat in a Christian cathedral; we have … Continue reading

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Lord’s Prayer at Pentecost: Pope Francis – Do not let us fall into temptation

You may have noticed in this news this week that Pope Francis has bravely stepped into one of the most treasured prayers in the Christian faith. He has suggested a different translation for ‘Lead us not into temptation’ in the … Continue reading

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Stronger, wider, keener: Praying for the Holy Spirit with ‘Thy Kingdom Come’

Over the last few years we have been encouraged to use this time between Ascension Day (which was on Thursday) and next Sunday, the Day of Pentecost, as a time to pray. It goes under the banner of ‘Thy Kingdom … Continue reading

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