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The path isn’t speedy but it does involve Zoom and a TODP!

Given these extraordinary times of enforced lockdown where many have binged on Netflix and popcorn, I thought it was appropriate to update you on my own independent film https://apocketofcalm.co.uk/2018/02/21/popcorn-prayers/   ……..that is my life.    The reason for starting this blog in the first place… Continue Reading “The path isn’t speedy but it does involve Zoom and a TODP!”

WHAT IS GLORY ? or Golden Chances

I don’t know about you, but certainly in my lockdown I have obtained some glory, don’t worry that’s not such a vain claim as it may seem, let me explain.  In Hebrew the original word for glory; “Kabod” has its root meaning in mass… Continue Reading “WHAT IS GLORY ? or Golden Chances”

Lent towards the Passion of our Lord

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be always acceptable in your sight , O Lord my strength and my Redeemer  Looking back over the last year I am sure we can all think of many examples where people… Continue Reading “Lent towards the Passion of our Lord”

The Holy Roly

Some years ago at Great St Mary’s we were visited by the Rev Roly Bain (the Holy Roly), who slack wired his way down the naive, dressed as a clown.  A complex and somewhat controversial figure, ordained but audacious.  One who took delight in… Continue Reading “The Holy Roly”

Gods Time and Our Time

“May the words of my mouth, and the meditation of our hearts, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD our strength and our redeemer”.  Quote from Narnia about how time passes…….. “But there was no time,” said Susan. “Lucy had no time to have… Continue Reading “Gods Time and Our Time”

When I survey the scaffold cross

I wrote this for Great St Mary’s, the University Church, Cambridge’s Newsletter, having been recently appointed by Great St Mary’s as Marketplace Chaplain. I wonder how many people have noticed that there is a humble, even industrial looking cross presiding high above the marketplace.… Continue Reading “When I survey the scaffold cross”

With palms held high against crisp blue sky, we raised our voices as folk passed by

As we negotiated bin lorries and caused consternation amongst the Cambridge visitors, the congregation of Great St Mary’s steadily made its way around the market square. Blessed with blue sky and sunshine and with a constant proclamation of “all glory laud and honour”, on… Continue Reading “With palms held high against crisp blue sky, we raised our voices as folk passed by”

Barriers and blessings

On a blustery March evening, under gloomy skies, combined voices lifted sublimely into the ancient stonework as the people came forward to be marked with the ashes of the past. Admittedly, being daubed with soot is not everyone’s idea of a good time, but… Continue Reading “Barriers and blessings”