Thought for the Week

A season of hope

4th December 2020 It’s been said that we can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air … but only for one second without hope. That may be overstating it, but it makes the point. As Dostoyevsky said: “To live without hope is to cease to live.”

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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving from St Stephen’s & St Wulstan’s on Vimeo. 27 November 2020 This week the United States celebrated Thanksgiving.  Many countries have a similar annual celebration.  It was in October 1863 that President Abraham Lincoln fixed Thanksgiving on the same day for all the states, saying that “It has seemed to me fit...

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Living in Love and Faith

Living in Love and Faith from St Stephen’s & St Wulstan’s on Vimeo. 13th November 2020 This week the Church of England published its long-awaited set of resources called Living in Love and Faith, which presents “Christian teaching and learning about identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage.” You probably know these...

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Remembrance

Remembrance from St Stephen's & St Wulstan's on Vimeo. 6 November 2020 Remembrance is one more thing that will be strange and different this year. While there will be a small national ceremony at the Cenotaph in London, there will be no march past. Because of the fresh lockdown we won’t be able to gather

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Life on hold

23 October 2020 “I feel like my life’s on hold.”  “I’m not able to get on with my life.”  Do you find yourself thinking like that?  It’s understandable.  So many of our activities have been interrupted, so many of our plans shelved.  There are so many things we’re no longer able to do, so many

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Spiritual Health

16 October 2020 I don’t remember a time when we’ve been so aware of our physical health, and the threat to it.  And that’s understandable.  People are still dying, and our hospitals are filling up again.  We’re also very aware of the health of our economy, as jobs are lost and businesses close.  And there’s

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Who’s in control?

Who’s in control? from St Stephen’s & St Wulstan’s on Vimeo. 9th October 2020 We want to be in control. We want to know what the Covid restrictions are going to be, and we don’t like them changing or being different in different parts of the country. We want to be able to plan and

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Faith in a Time of Crisis

1st October 2020 We’re in a crisis. What I have in mind is not Covid-19, but the crisis facing the Anglican denomination around the world. Faith in a Time of Crisis is the title of a book by Vaughan Roberts, which the PCC has just finished reading together. Peter Jensen contributes the final chapter, in

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The Search for a Vaccine

  25th September 2020 According to an article in The Observer, the race for a Covid-19 vaccine is getting dirty. It started well. It took only ten days for the Chinese to publish the genome sequence for the virus. But before long there were stories of tensions between team members, accusations that some countries were

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‘One Anothering’

  18th September 2020 “Be at peace with each other.” “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love.” “Honour one another above yourselves.” “Accept one another.” “Carry each other’s burdens.” “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other.” “Encourage one another and build each other up.” “Spur one another on towards...

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