Now when Jesus heard (how John the Baptist had been killed by Herod), he withdrew … in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them … Matthew 14:13f.
Jesus, human being like us, needed space to think and pray and be with his grief for his cousin John. A little later on from this episode and on many other occasions he succeeded in doing just this. But when his plans were thwarted and he was faced with human need he responded with compassion.
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The Presentation of Christ in the Temple – Candlemas
A sermon by Rev Tony Vigars on 3rd February 2019
A question for you to ponder
upon while I speak: What is the connection between my sermon and a two pound
In the north east corner of St
Eustachius’ Church in Tavistock you will find what has been called their finest
stained glass window. One designed by the Victorian Pre-Raphaelite artist
Edward Burne-Jones and produced in the workshops of William Morris. Sadly, due
to an unforeseen chemical reaction, some of the colours and writing have
deteriorated badly over the years.
I was sitting in that chapel
for a communion service and whilst waiting for it to begin I took in the
window. Huge portraits of ten men proclaim how our Christian faith is rooted
upon and grows out of the faith of the Jews. On the bottom row of figures are
pictures of Isaiah, Ezekiel, Moses, Daniel and Jeremiah. Above them are arrayed
Matthew, Mark, Paul, Luke and John. All of them carry either a writing quill,
engraved tablets of stone or a book or two of those things. The New Testament,
the window is saying, is founded upon the Old Testament.
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How do we share God’s presence with others? It is this difficult question I found myself discussing with friends recently. It is all too easy to place yourself and what you do at the centre of everything – after all surely it was my hard work that meant that the last person came back to church. How wonderful I was! I take a step back, see my pride and decide to become less physically involved. So I pray. But no one comes and I feel the call to do something. So where does this leave us?
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Welcome to the first blog on the new Brentor Church website! This has been a really exciting week for us, with the new solar powered lights being blessed by Bishop Nick on Sunday.
The bishop’s sermon made me think, too, about what we as a church are about. Yes, of course the Church is the people – but the church as a building still has a role. Bishop Nick (suffragan bishop of Plymouth) said that a church like ours serves three purposes…
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