Thought for the Week

The Monotony of Lockdown

The Monotony of Lockdown.mov from St Stephen’s & St Wulstan’s on Vimeo. 7 May 2021 One of the features of lockdown has been that every day feels the same, and every week the same as the one before.  With most of us working from home, schools closed, and socialising and travelling restricted, life became monotonous. 

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The Good, the Bad and the Hard

The Good the Bad and the Hard.mov from St Stephen’s & St Wulstan’s on Vimeo. 30 April 2021 One of my favourite films when I was younger was the Clint Eastwood western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.  I suppose it’s one of those things that shows my age.  The film tells the story

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A Lonely Queen

A Lonely Queen.mov from St Stephen’s & St Wulstan’s on Vimeo. 23 April 2021 Many have commented that the Queen was a lonely figure at the funeral of her husband Prince Philip last Saturday.  She sat alone, dressed simply in black, with little hint of her royal status.  True, there was the grandeur of the

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My Strength and My Stay

My Strength and My Stay.mov from St Stephen’s & St Wulstan’s on Vimeo. 15 April 2021 “He has, quite simply, been my strength and my stay all these years.”  That was the touching tribute paid by Her Majesty the Queen to her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh on the occasion of his 90th

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Back to Dust

Back to Dust.mov from St Stephen’s & St Wulstan’s on Vimeo. 1 April 2021 While Barack Obama was President of the United States, he was given a tour of the Pyramids in Egypt. There, in one of the lesser temples, he was shown the dark image of a man’s face. Nobody seemed to know who

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One year on

One year on.mov from St Stephen’s & St Wulstan’s on Vimeo. 26 March 2021 Here we are, one year on. Who would have thought we would still be in some kind of lockdown? A year ago few of us were familiar with the word ‘lockdown’; now we use it almost every day. It has been

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Male and female he created them

Male and female he created them.mov from St Stephen’s & St Wulstan’s on Vimeo. 19 March 2021 Many things have changed in my lifetime.  One of the most dramatic changes has been the acceptance of same-sex relationships.  To put it simply, they have gone from ‘unacceptable’ to ‘acceptable.’  Films, dramas and BBC News...

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Responding to evil

Responding to evil.mov from St Stephen’s & St Wulstan’s on Vimeo. 12 March 2021 “Lord, keep me from being either naïve about human evil, self-righteous about it, or cynical before it.”  That’s how Tim Keller begins one of the prayers in his book of daily devotions in the Psalms: My Rock; My Refuge.  It’s a

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Starting the conversation

Starting the conversation from St Stephen’s & St Wulstan’s on Vimeo. 5 March 2021 What do you think we can learn from the pandemic?  That’s a question worth asking. I’m not pretending to give a full answer to it here.  I don’t have enough space, and I’m not qualified to do so.  What I want

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Humble in the face of nature

Humble in the face of nature from St Stephen’s & St Wulstan’s on Vimeo. 26 February 2021 In his speech on Monday, the Prime Minister laid out a road map for coming out of lockdown.  He wisely admitted that many people feel that “it is arrogant to impose any kind of plan upon a virus.” 

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