At the turning of the tides

With the turning of the seasonal tides I find myself reflecting on fresh starts and new possibilities. Jesus once said, “And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.” New … Continue reading At the turning of the tides

Praying through the Winter Solstice

A prayer by Harry Martin, which I offer in celebration of the southern winter solstice, Jesus, Love, we seek your coming. As your servants we join with all creation in proclaiming your glory. The winter barren trees look heavenward, Anticipating the newness of life, coming in the springs of your resurrection. The soaring eagle lifts … Continue reading Praying through the Winter Solstice

Winter solstice with East Midlands Forest Church

East Midlands Forest Church have graciously allowed me to share these reflections from a Winter Solstice Ceremony they ran some years ago. I am choosing to publish it now in June, as while they are now approaching midsummer in the UK, we are approach midwinter here in Australia so it's now that it's more seasonally … Continue reading Winter solstice with East Midlands Forest Church

A Prayer of Thanks for the Four Elements

A Prayer of Thanks for the Four Elements (written by Talitha Arnold, with ideas from the Children of United Church of Santa Fe.) A Prayer for Air: We thank you, God, for the gift of air – For cool breezes and brisk winds that refresh us, For blue skies and crystal clear nights, For the … Continue reading A Prayer of Thanks for the Four Elements

A blessing for spring

In his second letter to the Corinthians the Apostle Paul blesses his readers with these words, "Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you … Continue reading A blessing for spring

The story of the sower

Spring has me thinking of the story of the sower. This image illustrates the story from a variety of cultural perspectives. For those unfamiliar with the story, the Gospel of Mark retells it like this: Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got … Continue reading The story of the sower