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Advent 3: Good news for the poor

What do you hear when that Gospel is read (Matthew 11:2-11)? Which words stand out most? Is it Jesus giving an account of what he has been doing? Is it John the Baptist, languishing in prison and pondering if he’s … Continue reading

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Advent Wake-up: Duty of Care for the Earth

On Friday we remembered St Nicholas, the original Santa, usually noted for being nice to children and rescuing girls from exploitation. All very contemporary concerns. Far from the flying reindeer and benign smiling, he has a passion in his story … Continue reading

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Generous Advent

This is becoming an annual game, but this year’s crop of outlandish Advent Calendars is no less extravagant than last year’s. Top of the list at £104,000 is the Tiffany Jewellery Calendar, with a different piece of bling for each … Continue reading

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Advent: super hero power of love

If you fancy a trip to the cinema for a night out at the movies there is quite a variety on offer. From the heartwarming with Paddington 2 and Wonder (about a child with facial features that make him stand … Continue reading

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Advent 4 (Year A) – Prayer

A prayer for lighting the fourth candle on the Advent ring. This prayer draws on the readings set for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year A, in the Church of England Revised Common Lectionary. Advent 4 (Year A) God of grace … Continue reading

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Advent 3 (Year A) – Prayer

A prayer for lighting the third candle on the Advent ring.  This prayer draws on the readings set for the Third Sunday of Advent, Year A, in the Church of England Revised Common Lectionary. This Sunday is also known as … Continue reading

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Faith as ‘stepping into the poetic’

Yesterday Churches Together in Central Peterborough organized an excellent reflection day for Advent at the Cathedral. It was led by Canon Mark Oakley from St Paul’s Cathedral and his theme was ‘Poetry and Faith’. One of his word images was … Continue reading

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Advent 2 (Year A) – Prayer

A prayer for lighting the second candle on the Advent ring. This prayer draws on the readings set for the Second Sunday of Advent, Year A in Church of England Revised Common Lectionary. Advent 2 (Year A) God of hope, … Continue reading

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Cross & Crib belong together

Funerals at Christmas have been a recurring feature for me since I was a curate. In my first year I took a funeral just a matter of days before Christmas Day and I remember the family coming up to me … Continue reading

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Have yourself a holy Advent

Today is Advent Sunday, the beginning of the Church’s year. Because of the way Advent Calendars tend to work, starting on 1st December, we have a few days left for a last minute buy, if you haven’t yet got hold … Continue reading

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