Marks of mission, marks of love


Duccio, Appearance Behind Locked Doors, 1308-11, currently maintained at the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo in Siena, Italy.

Proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God



img_0734Teaching, baptising and nurturing new believers



Responding to human need by loving service


Albrecht Durer, small passion 9: Christ washing Peter’s feet, 1511. British Museum, London.



Transforming unjust structures, challenging violence of every kind, and pursuing peace and reconciliation


Picasso, Dove of Peace, 1949.



Striving to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustaining and renewing the life of the earth.


Iain Leach, Dark Green Fritillary.

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Christmas Eve



Children at the heart of celebrating the birth of the Christ child at St Mary’s Cathedral, on my first experience of the crib service…looking through the window at the knitted figures of the Holy Family by the West Door…the font, decorated with flowers and reminding us of the arrival of the special baby…crib scene at the altar…the wardrobe for the crib service, with costumes for camels and lambs – and perhaps a fox? – alongside crowns and gifts for kings to deliver…


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Advent 4

#simplify December 19…the simplicity and wonder of the bread and wine…an invitation from Jesus of Nazareth to partake in the Eucharist

#prune December 20…as the trees shed their leaves and the branches are bare, we prune to let go of growth…to make space for life to be renewed…

#abide December 21…evergreen as a sign of everlasting life in God…God abides with us always…O thou who changest not, abide with me.

#animate December 22…nine lessons that tell the story of God’s loving relationship with the world…and carols to illuminate the drama, a festival bringing it – and us – to life. For the divine forever has a human face. 

#live December 23…life in full bloom…The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. (Song of Solomon 2:12)


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Fourth Sunday in Advent


The North Door at St Mary’s Cathedral, open in readiness for the Palm Sunday procession earlier in the year.


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Advent 3

December 12 #rely

A surprising and fun discovery when seeking to illustrate #rely – “frog” for “fully rely on God” 🙂

December 13 #mend

Redemption is mending something that is broken…seen through the Cross in this small Easter garden…

December 14 #surprise

A bird with seasonal scarf who appeared in our garden as a surprise earlier in the month…a small part of this time of good will and unexpected gifts

December 15 #trust

(Text as image, to reflect on a call to trust in our Creator and our Redeemer)

December 16 #awaken

Buds from the spring, awakening delicate and pale to the new season, as we are urged to awaken to the spiritual gifts hidden in our limitations

December 17 #embrace

Angels surrounding Mary, who embraces the Christ child, present in her world and ours…


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Third Sunday in Advent



Even, especially, as winter approaches there is much that glows in the world around us, like the late morning sunlight and dewdrops in this garden – a focus to reflect on the invitation to become ministers of God’s light, life and love for all people.

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Advent 2

December 5 #commit

Meditation on a hymn about commitment, using Advent colour and experiments with emoji…consecrating life, hands, voice, treasures and talents, will and love..

December 6 #be

Birds of few (no!) words stop by on the church grounds, an apt place simply to be

December 7 #act

People busy with action of different kinds…studying, speaking, listening,  raising awareness about and funds for future projects…

December 8 #hope

Hope, radiance and glory in our everyday surroundings

Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking. (Ezekiel 1.28)

December 9 #promise

Continuing in rainbow theme, children in the Sunday groups paint God’s promise: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. (Genesis 9.13)

December 10 #befriend

From an exhibition on the work of the Quakers: in miniature, an illustration of the emphasis Friends place on befriending

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