26th May 2022
Ascension Day

Near the group of four churches in Oxfordshire which I served as parish priest for eight years, after I was curate here and before I returned to Dorking a couple of years ago, is the fine mediaeval church in the village of Childrey. There you will see some very fine and interesting fourteenth century stained…

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22nd May 2022
Sixth Sunday of Easter

The readings for the eight Sundays of the Easter season each include a passage from the Acts of the Apostles – as our thoughts are focused on the spread of the Gospel and the growth of the young Christian church, in the early days following the resurrection of Our Lord. The Easter season encompasses Ascension…

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10th Apr 2022
Palm Sunday

In 166 BC Judah Maccabee led an army of Jewish dissidents to victory over the occupying Greek army who had invaded the Holy Land. He did this by waging an affective guerrilla war. The term Maccabees, as used to describe the Jewish army, is taken from the Hebrew word for “hammer”. Judah Maccabee was “The…

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20th Mar 2022
Leaning in on His Grace

I took the path across the water meadows just beyond the city of Salisbury until I came to the Old Mill at the nearby village of Harnham. Beside the mill there is a weir down which water gushes in a mesmerising sort of way. At the top of the weir was one of the most…

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13th Mar 2022
Waiting to be Booked in

I actually met Abraham and Sarah a few weeks ago. They were in the waiting area for urgent treatment at Worthing Hospital. When I arrived there with my mum for her appointment – I heard them say that they had been waiting for five hours and no one had called their name. “Have you checked…

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13th Feb 2022
Yet Some Of You Say There Is No Resurrection

And at last I get to the front of the queue for my ticket at the machine of the pay and display car park. And I feel like an actor stepping out on stage uncertain of his lines. There are keypads and slots and little instruction boxes attached to this machine and for a moment…

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9th Jan 2022
Where Crowns of Glory Finally Take Their Place

Long ago the prophet Isaiah wrote this… You shall be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord! A royal diadem in the hand of your God! But to whom was he addressing such fine words? Your Christmas cracker goes off with a great big bang, and there amidst the frilly paper, the…

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28th Nov 2021
A Story Unconfined by Time or Space

You’re settling down to watch a new mini series on TV. It’s a six part drama. I don’t know what your preference would be? A murder mystery? A Historical romance? A Sci-Fi adventure? A true life drama? Anyway, episode 1 is going really well. You understand the plot! You’ve identified the goodies from the baddies….

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