Showing posts from December, 2015

Waiting for Love

Can be listened to here Gate Pa – Advent 4 2015 Readings: Psalm                          Magnificat First Reading:                          Micah 5:2-5                                         Second Reading:                     Hebrews 10:5-10                                 Gospel:                                    Luke 1:39-45                                                               What I want to say: I want to explore the human story held in Luke’s story, and how we might fund out own story in the midst of it. What I want to happen: The Sermon      1.       Introduction: As I first heard today’s reading this week I was reminded of waiting for our first child – Kate wonder those who had children can remember what like waiting J   wonder of it J   fear and terror of it o    what was going to happen? o    what was this going to do to our lives? o    would I be any good at this parent thing? J   unreality of it all J   so muc

Mary and Elizabeth

I t is very very easy to romanticise the story of Mary’s bold journey to Elizabeth. The internet is full of sweet pictures of two well pregnant women, both overjoyed at their situation. In doing so we are in danger of loosing the humanity of these two women. What really drove Mary to journey from home? David Ewart writes, “before moving too quickly to the magnificence of Mary's Magnificat, it is perhaps wise to pause and sit within the intimacy of these two women's conversation. To consider ourselves not as distant outsiders, but as invited and welcomed extended family into a blessed conversation between these two women.” [1] If we move too fast we are in danger of missing the invitation to join them in this private moment. A moment spent in anxious, expectant, fearfilled, excited waiting. What did they share, and what do they share with us in this moment? This last week of advent