Today marks the centenary of the Armistice, the moment when 100 years ago the hostilities of the First World War came to an end and peace was made after four long devastating years of war. More than ¾ million British men and women were killed and countless others were maimed, wounded or emotionally destroyed.
The Twenty-First Sunday after Trinity
A clergy friend of mine was a chaplain for a few years supporting lawyers in the City and was attached to St Paul’s Cathedral. Her role, the cathedral said, was the equivalent to that of a minor canon. The only point about this she said seemed to be that it meant she’d know her place in the clergy processions in and out of the cathedral for services.
The Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity
At Open House London last weekend I ended the church tour in the Dick Sheppard Chapel downstairs. The last thing I showed our many visitors was the wonderful St John’s Bible, this volume of the Gospels that we read from here every week.
The Twelfth Sunday after Trinity
“If you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your life.”
That ‘if’, is a powerful word. It’s the word that has underscored the covenant that God has with Israel. A covenant based on a relationship of trust and fidelity. But Israel has decided it wants to be ruled by kings.