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Love divine, all loves excelling

When I am helping couples to put together their wedding services we always arrive at the tricky issue of choosing the hymns. My advice is always the same: ‘Make sure the tunes are well-known.’ Because of a very different engagement with the singing of hymns, most young couples draw from the same limited repertoire. So…Continue readingLove divine, all loves excelling

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Lighten our darkness

One of the most beautiful and best-loved prayers of the Church of England can be found in the service of Evensong. The prayer is headed: for Aid against all Perils. It is a prayer that many people know, even though they do not engage with the service of Evensong on a regular basis. As I…Continue readingLighten our darkness

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We are lucky to have a glass…!

So … what sort of person are you? Are you a ‘glass half full’ person or a ‘glass half empty’ person? Do you journey through this life in a spirit of optimistic hope, or is every day overshadowed by a cloud of all-consuming pessimism? As I talk with people of different ages and life experiences…Continue readingWe are lucky to have a glass…!

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The Parish Churches of England…

As you begin to read these few thoughts, I wonder what is going through your mind? Are you reading this because you wonder what I have to say about The Parish Churches of England, or are you just whiling away a few idle moments? Do you have a specific connection to your parish church or…Continue readingThe Parish Churches of England…

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The missing ingredient…?

Have you ever visited a restaurant, ordered your favourite dish, and then come away disappointed because the balance of ingredients wasn’t quite right? Have you ever sat through a film, play or concert and then come away disappointed because one little piece of the ‘magic’ was misplaced, mistimed or missing altogether? Have you ever experienced…Continue readingThe missing ingredient…?

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New every morning…

What is your first thought every morning? Do you wake up with a sense of eager expectation, longing to find out what the day ahead has in store for you? Or, do you reluctantly drag yourself from sleep full of doom and gloom? Do you spring from your bed early, making sure you don’t waste…Continue readingNew every morning…