Monthly Archives: May 2009

Pentecost Prayer

Come, Holy Spirit,Lamplighter, midwife of change,Comforter, disturber, inspirer and advocate. Come fill the ChurchWith the gifts that earthCan neither produce nor afford. Come, fill our lives,With that rich mixture of peace and restlessness,Calm and enthusiasm,Which are the hallmarks of holiness. … Continue reading

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Shreddin’ It

There are a few office items essential for maintaining the illusion of high-tech executivehood. Computer, printer, scanner, etc. are obvious no-brainers. Pens, pencils, paperclips, post-its, stapler, cello tape, and notepads almost need no mention. It is the paper shredder that … Continue reading

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10th

We celebrated David’s 10th birthday on Wednesday this week. The day began and ended with pork products. We have been in the habit for some years of allowing the children to choose their favourites for breakfast and dinner time (lunch … Continue reading

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The Golden Bill

I don’t usually think of bills in these terms, but the one I’m now holding in my hand has a very real possibility of becoming exactly that. We’ve been living here for seven months now with only one debit card … Continue reading

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For Elizabeth B.

I’m preaching a funeral today for a member of my parish. I thought you might like to have a look over my shoulder at what I’m going to preach from Psalm 23. These words will follow the remembrance of the … Continue reading

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Laundry Mystery

“Honey, have you seen any of my black socks?” I had amassed a preponderance of blue socks in my drawer, more than I thought I owned, but there were no black ones. They had disappeared in the laundry cycle. It … Continue reading

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Yes, No or Yes, But

I went to GA last night expecting that we would make a decision of yes or no. As is often the case with the Holy Spirit, a third option presented itself. The first option was “Yes”: Yes to the induction … Continue reading

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The Right Answer

So, tonight is the main event. The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland will decide the fate of its first openly homosexual minister. On the surface, the question for both sides is a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Are we … Continue reading

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Please Be Seated

It’s not everyday that you can tell the Queen of Great Britain where she can take a seat, but yesterday that is exactly what happened at the opening of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. There is much … Continue reading

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Union, Part 2

The woman pictured here is called a “coal bearer” for obvious reasons. It was the work of the coal bearer to carry coal to the surface from the depths of the 19th century Scottish mines. Coal bearers were always women … Continue reading

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