Thursday Prayer: Like Anna and Simeon

Dear God, I have been thinking about Anna and Simeon, about how long they waited, how long they persevered. Give me perseverance. I am not always very good at hoping. I get all superstitious as if the act of hoping will make something less likely to happen (my mother said a watched pot never boils).… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Rituals Then and Now (Luke 2: 21-38)

This week’s lectionary passage, saturated in ritual and tradition, invites us to consider the rituals of our own lives. Read More

Narrative Lectionary: the tweenager Jesus (Luke 2:41-52)

The celebration of New Year’s Eve (Hogmany) is a big event in Scotland. However, this year it will be very much curtailed, as were our Christmas and Easter celebrations, along with the festivals of other faiths in 2020. It’s within this very different New Year that we read of Jesus’ family going up to Jerusalem… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: The Moving On (or Not) Edition

I don’t know about you, but I’m not quite ready to leave behind the myth, mysticism, and miracle that Christmas is. I want to linger a bit longer under the Star and listen more closely to the whispers in Bethlehem’s streets and back alleys. I want to hold onto the innocence of a babe lying… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: New Year’s Day

Who’s preaching New Year’s Day? Are you doing anything to mark the beginning of a new year? The NL gives us Luke 2:21-38 and the lovely story of Simeon and Anna. Simeon says this: ‘Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation,    which… Read More