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Included as one of the crowd

We gather tonight in what is described as fashionable or exclusive Mayfair, and in the smartest quar...

Read more... | Fr. Roderick Leece| 25/12/2006

The lowest point

Though having lead a pilgrimage to Israel and Palestine ten years ago amidst signs of political hope...

Read more... | Fr. Roderick Leece| 24/12/2006

Last Things - Judgement

Even back in the early 70s the theologian Norman Pittenger recalled hearing only one sermon on death...

Read more... | Fr. Roderick Leece| 17/12/2006

The Mystery of Death

There are always mixed feelings on Remembrance Sunday when we honour and salute courage, heroism, st...

Read more... | Fr. Roderick Leece| 12/11/2006

Desirability Gap?

'Surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses…let us look to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our f...

Read more... | Fr. Roderick Leece| 05/11/2006

More than we ask or deserve

In St. Mark's version of the gospel for today, Jesus' own town (Capernaum) is named, and more detail...

Read more... | Fr. Roderick Leece| 22/10/2006

Gee, Thanks

"The atheist's most embarrassing moment is when he feels profoundly thankful for something, but can'...

Read more... | Fr. Reginald Bushau| 24/09/2006

Windows of Redemption

Many of you probably heard the parable of the Good Samaritan at such an early age that, like me, you...

Read more... | Fr. Roderick Leece| 10/09/2006

Of the earth - earthy

There are all sorts of subtle ways to assert our superiority over others, whether intellectually, fi...

Read more... | Fr. Roderick Leece| 27/08/2006

Temples, tents, and car parks

I have a Welsh friend, whose name I really cannot pronounce, who wakes up each day and has to decide...

Read more... | Fr. Roderick Leece| 20/08/2006

Divine Shiatsu

From today’s Prayer Book Collect ‘Increase in us true religion’

…published in the 17th...

Read more... | Fr. Roderick Leece| 30/07/2006

Going further

'Pour into our hearts such love toward thee' we pray in today's collect, that desire to both possess...

Read more... | Fr. Roderick Leece| 23/07/2006

Pray for me a sinner too

The tut tutting murmerers are looking down their respectable noses at the bad company Jesus is keepi...

Read more... | Fr. Roderick Leece| 02/07/2006

‘I couldn’t have liked it more’

Noel Coward in explaining the inspiration behind his song ‘I went to a marvellous party’ talks of a ...

Read more... | Fr. Roderick Leece| 25/06/2006

The rich are strangers

The Pharisees and their successors have been the target of the lead up to today’s Gospel passage fro...

Read more... | Fr. Roderick Leece| 18/06/2006

'Confidence in our credo'

Trinity Sunday tends to be regarded as a time to rehearse dusty old doctrines about the nature of Go...

Read more... | Fr. Roderick Leece| 11/06/2006

'Holding and moving'

People are inclined to think of Whitsun as a festival of the Holy Ghost…a jamboree of the Spirit, bu...

Read more... | Fr. Roderick Leece| 04/06/2006

'Points of view'

I love the way the Church often provides two bites at the cherry, in her liturgical provision. The L...

Read more... | Fr. Roderick Leece| 28/05/2006

Easter 3 BCP

'A little while' is a little phrase that punctuates today's Gospel. I am reminded of one of those fa...

Read more... | Fr. Roderick Leece| 07/05/2006

Being led to pastures new

The driver and guide who showed me around Sri Lanka nearly ten years ago seemed to have extra powers...

Read more... | Fr. Roderick Leece| 30/04/2006

St. George the fruitful branch

Today is our feast of title when we give thanks for the example, the martyrdom, the courage, and pat...

Read more... | Fr. Roderick Leece| 23/04/2006

'Boundaries'

Rogationtide is these days an option in the Church of England and no longer part of Roman Catholic o...

Read more... | Fr. Roderick Leece| 21/04/2006

Pointing to Resurrection

We are taught very early on that it is rude to point – though, rather dimly, I forget why, and can o...

Read more... | Fr. Roderick Leece| 16/04/2006

The score

On returning from a sojourn in his house in France with mutual friends, I enquired of a friend how i...

Read more... | Fr. Roderick Leece| 14/04/2006

The score

On returning from a sojourn in his house in France with mutual friend...

Read more... | Fr. Roderick Leece| 14/04/2006

Painstaking patience and persistence

To the normal round of Lenten disciplines was added a remarkable Lenten gift for me this year – a so...

Read more... | Fr. Roderick Leece| 09/04/2006

'Before Abraham was, I am.'

These are the remarkable words on Jesus' lips in his discourse in today's Gospel. 'Before Abraham wa...

Read more... | Fr. Simon Farrer| 02/04/2006

‘Unexpected delights flowing from irreverent risks’

Greetings from Hinde Street Methodist Church where, as Fr. Roderick has already mentioned I am based...

Read more... | The Revd. Cathy Bird| 26/03/2006

‘Reverence and glory’

In considering what to say this morning I have found myself carried back some twenty years. In my mi...

Read more... | Fr. Robert Harris | 19/03/2006

‘With pity not with blame’

From today’s Collect: ‘Almighty God, you see that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves’.<...

Read more... | Fr. Dominic Fenton| 12/03/2006

Bright the Vision Restoration: speaking truth: seizing the moment

‘Bright the vision that delighted once the sight of Judah’s seer’. I chose the title ‘Bright the Vis...

Read more... | Fr. Roderick Leece| 05/03/2006

God’s generosity

There are many situations in life, which cause people to feel mildly aggrieved, and which are percei...

Read more... | Fr. Roderick Leece| 12/02/2006

He will raise us up

Living in a so-called civilised society, and worshipping in a respectable part of Mayfair, means we ...

Read more... | Fr. Roderick Leece| 05/02/2006

Calming our Fears

Sailing out into the peace of the Sea of Galilee and singing the hymn 'Dear Lord and Father of manki...

Read more... | Fr. Roderick Leece| 29/01/2006

Healing our Divisions

On Tuesday I went to a lovely 70th birthday party for a piano teacher friend, who has occasionally g...

Read more... | Fr. Roderick Leece| 22/01/2006

The Bridegrooms Feast

'In olden days a glimpse of stockings was looked on as something shocking, now, heaven knows, anythi...

Read more... | Fr. Roderick Leece| 15/01/2006

His Wondrous Childhood

Regardless of alternative lifestyles and arrangements, or responding to a vocation to the monastic l...

Read more... | Fr. Roderick Leece| 08/01/2006

A Holy 'Yes'

The history of today's Feast of the Circumcision of Christ dates back to the middle of the ...

Read more... | Fr. Roderick Leece| 01/01/2006

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