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John Davies: Notes from a small vicar

John Davies: Notes from a small vicar

By John Davies
Reflections on life and faith in a changing world.
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The Good Samaritan on Sea Sunday
“Daddy, where do sailors go to church?” asked the young son of curate Revd John Ashley, who consequently turned down a parish appointment to begin a ministry to seafarers in the Bristol Channel. The worldwide Mission to Seafarers (supported on Sea Sunday), owes its existence to Ashley, who doubtless would have found opposition to Ashley’s idea of leaving conventional parish work at the start of his ministry to embark on a previously untried venture supporting outcast sailors. From family, peers and diocesan chiefs who would regard this a risky move at best, a scandalous waste of his time and energy at worst. But his is a Good Samaritan tale of our times, to celebrate. A talk for The Fourth Sunday after Trinity, Sea Sunday, 10 July 2022. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
06:52
July 07, 2022
Acceptance in a world of rejection, embrace in a world of expulsion
Luke chapter 10 offers us a unique expression of the meaning of the cross. There, in verse 18, as nowhere else in scripture, Jesus describes his crucifixion experience. In just one brief, astonishing, line he projects himself forwards in time to tell us what he sees at the moment of his death: ‘I see Satan fall from heaven like lightning,’ he said. If you want a definitive description of the most powerful moment in history, then this is it. Here is Jesus describing what his eyes see from the cross, at that pivotal moment of his death. ‘I see Satan fall from heaven like lightning.’ It is so intense an image, like a scene from a motion picture, that it is likely to become fixed forever in our own mind’s eye once we’ve visualised it for the first time. In homage to the work of Rene Girard, a talk for The Third Sunday after Trinity , 3 July 2022. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
07:14
June 27, 2022
Renouncing Claudia Winkleman - cultivating the desire to live by the Spirit
How can we cultivate the desire to live by the Spirit so that our cravings for what other people want can fade and diminish? There’s a discipline involved. It might be that we determine to spend less time with those things which feed our desires to have what others desire - in other words to fast-forward through Claudia Winkeman’s shampoo adverts, or to stop reading the new car reviews in the weekend supplements - and to use that time instead to reflect on people we admire for being good examples of living out those fruits of the Spirit Paul names: people who exude love, joy and peace; people who display patience, kindness and generosity; faithful, gentle, self-controlled folks. Using them as our models, we’re increasingly likely to share their desires to live in the Way of God. A talk for The Second Sunday after Trinity , 26 June 2022. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
08:27
June 22, 2022
The thankful spirit: empowered to drive evil away
The story of Jesus’ exorcism of the Gerasene demoniac lands us directly into the territory of the deep spiritual forces at work in our world, forces which operate on the personal level and that of whole communities, institutions, and nations, and which interact in complex ways between all these. It invites us to consider our own spiritual condition, the spirituality of the place or places to which we belong, and those people and places who may be demonised by us, our community and our society, and provokes us to turn ourselves around and, in a spirit of thankfulness, to drive all evil away. A talk for The First Sunday after Trinity , 19 June 2022. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
09:21
June 16, 2022
You've got Wisdom about The Trinity
You may not think of yourself as a teacher: but you've got Wisdom about The Trinity. A talk for Trinity Sunday, 12 June 2022. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
04:53
June 01, 2022
“I am among you as one who serves.”
There is a line in a poem by R.S. Thomas which says, quite simply, that ‘wisdom must come on foot’. This makes me think of those few special moments in my life when I have been in the same place as The Queen, who has always insisted on walking among the crowds, and how I’ve seen her engaging people along her way, listening generously to each one she meets, offering such wise or comforting or encouraging words as is right for each person. She, like the One she follows, walks among us as one who serves. A talk for services of celebration on the occasion of the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. 2 June 2022, Keasden, Pentecost, 5 June 2022, Austwick, Clapham Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
07:45
May 30, 2022
Shalom for beginners
A talk for the The Sixth Sunday of Easter, 22 May 2022. Being in the kingdom of God makes us ‘peacemakers’, creators of Shalom, with the immense power of Jesus at our disposal to play our part in transforming the world into a world of Shalom, wholeness, completeness. We can invite God into our life each day, with simple prayers such as ‘Peace on this house, peace to my neighbours, peace in my life’. The Holy Spirit is ever-present waiting to inspire us and willing us along our walk in the joyful Way of the Kingdom of Christ. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
07:28
May 19, 2022
Seeking well-being with Zimbabwe’s dry and dusty soil
Janet Zirugo and Jessica Mwedzi struggle to put food on their families' tables in an area of Zimbabwe vulnerable to drought. ‘Women are at the mercy of climate change and hunger', Jessica says. Janet, Jessica, and the dry earth itself cannot be well if we are not well. And we are not well in this unequal world where the land, its creatures and its peoples are exploited and suffer for the gain of a few. But all shall be well and all will be well in this world when we live in it conscious it is our common home, shared together with God. A talk for the The Fifth Sunday of Easter, 15 May 2022: Christian Aid Week. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
07:10
May 12, 2022
The fisherman, the seamstress and the tanner on The Way of life
Dorcas the seamstress, realising what a precious gift God has put into her hands, feel encouraged to use her precious skills to create generous practical gifts for others in need; Peter the fisherman, likewise draws on the courage to find the right way and the right moment to share God’s good news with others.And  God gives us all we need to be of help to others, each one according to the gifts we’ve gained through our life experiences. A talk for The Fourth Sunday of Easter, 8 May 2022. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks
07:45
May 04, 2022
Encountering Jesus on the Way which leads to peace
When Belfast Presbyterians Steve and Janice Stockman met Pope Francis in his Vatican library he told them that ‘The Christian faith is fundamentally about an encounter with Jesus Christ.’ When Saul encountered Jesus on the Damascus road, the scales which fell from his eyes were those illusions created by the false gods of religious and political ideology. His mission was no longer to serve religion, but simply to follow Christ. In a world of ethno-religious ideological conflicts, the teaching of Jesus is pretty explicit: there’s only one kingdom to which we should hitch ourselves a ride, and that’s the Kingdom of God. A talk for The Third Sunday of Easter, 1 May 2022. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks
08:49
April 26, 2022
Thomas’ question: how could a crucified God be so merciful?
Thomas, on seeing the change in his fellow-disciples and believing what they’d told him, didn’t doubt the resurrection. No, it was rather that Thomas still doubted the crucifixion. Thomas wanted evidence that Jesus had actually died that cruel death - he wanted to see his body wounds - because he was struggling to believe that the event had actually happened. His question was - could Jesus really have died so violently in the first place, if, on coming back to life, he was so free of vengeance, so lacking retribution, so full of forgiveness, so generous with peace? A talk for The Second Sunday of Easter, 24 April 2022. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks
07:02
April 21, 2022
New beginnings start with weeping
If the events of Good Friday are universal (and they read like scenes from a contemporary war) then Mary’s encounter on the Sunday must also ‘happen every day’. Mary turns as she learns - from the teacher - that amid her grief she is awakening to an unexpected, radically new beginning. And from this we too may turn from our griefs and learn to find little resurrections happening every day. A talk for Easter Day, 17 April 2022. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks
04:38
April 15, 2022
Not travelling to Jerusalem on a T-64 tank: peace comes riding a donkey
Like the one child who said of the emperor, But he hasn't got anything on!", today I invite you to join me in saying, Hosanna! to all who puncture the pomp of kings and rulers, to reveal the hidden truth of their sorry passing powers; Hosanna! to those who illuminate the pitiful deference of their subjects so as to open the people’s eyes to other outlooks. From Banksy's subversive Palestine Separation Wall graffiti to Marina Ovsyannikova, that Russian TV journalist who last month walked onto the set of a live news broadcast holding a sign saying, “Don’t believe the propaganda. They’re lying to you here.” And the One who set in motion the crazy, wonderful practice of revealing the deficiencies of worldly rulers and the gullibility of their subjects by choosing to ride a donkey into Jerusalem on the same day that the Roman emperor entered the city in the high pomp of a military procession.  A talk for Palm Sunday, 10 April 2022. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks
09:19
April 07, 2022
“The Scent of Love” by Thomas L. Truby
"Mary, this sensitive woman who has just poured her life’s savings on his feet and filled the room with its sweetness, squarely faces reality. She sees the forgiving victim who embodies God’s love and responds with gratitude and devotion. She fills the house with the scent of love. Let us breathe it in on this fifth Sunday of Lent and learn to breathe out its forgiving power." - a sermon written by the late Tom Truby and downloadable as a PDF here. A talk for The Fifth Sunday of Lent, 3 Aprl 2022. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks
08:50
March 30, 2022
Mother’s Day and Mothering Sunday: more than cards and flowers
Mothering Sunday and Mother’s Day tend to be regarded now as more or less the same thing; though some are still aware of Mothering Sunday being an English institution with religious roots, whilst Mothers’ Day is an American holiday associated with commercialism. Both events focus on the domestic role of women, and tend to sentimentalise motherhood. Interesting then to consider the origins of the various Mothers’ Days worldwide, which tell a wider, stronger women’s story. A talk for Mothering Sunday (The Fourth Sunday of Lent), 27 March 2022. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks
08:24
March 24, 2022
Repentance and reorientation - breaking the bonds of blame
In this supposedly secular age people still do talk about God intervening in the world, but it’s often in these sort of terms - God must have let this happen to those people to punish them for something they’ve done. The question is, is that really the God we know? And are these sort of questions really how God wants us to respond to news of other people’s troubles? Victim-blaming and second chances for us all. A talk for The Third Sunday of Lent, 20 March 2022. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks
08:01
March 16, 2022
King of the jungle or mother hen: brooding over Jerusalem
Jerusalem is a paradigm of our own social world. Are we happy for that city to continue being a place where different tribes set their faces against each other? And closer to home, will we persist in gathering only in our own tribes, clinging to our own dogmas, huddling behind our own flags - Christians and Muslims, Yorkshiremen and Lancastrians, vegans and meat-eaters, anti-vaxxers and pro-jabbers? Or can we commit to looking for the common ground we have with other vulnerable humans, will we give ourselves to learning ways we can shelter together under wings of love, warmth and protection, finding unity in our diversity? Can we give up believing there are some people who don’t belong here and learn instead to say, and show, and celebrate, that we all belong together? A talk for The Second Sunday of Lent, 13 March 2022. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks
08:29
March 09, 2022
Kramskoi’s Christ in the Desert: under the rags of our broken existence, a life-affirming force awaits
The Russian artist Ivan Kramskoi captured the human Jesus, with a tired body and a ‘mind in struggle’. This Jesus may look unattractive to anyone ever tempted to take an easy path of avoidance in challenging times. But those who have embraced struggle and come through stronger may recognise this Jesus as a familiar figure and a source of strength. For he encourages us that in every small being there is true majesty to be found. Under the rags of our broken existence, a vital life-affirming force awaits. A Lenten reflection based on a study of Ivan Kramskoi's Christ in the Desert, which can be viewed here: https://johndavies.typepad.com/blog/kramskois-christ-in-the-desert-under-the-rags-of-our-broken-existence-a-life-affirming-force-awaits.html. A talk for The First Sunday of Lent, 6 March 2022. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks
08:36
March 02, 2022
Transfiguration - coming down from the mountain, lifting the veil
We call it The Transfiguration - and whether it was a cleverly devised myth or an extraordinary event with three disciples as eyewitnesses, The Transfiguration said so much about what the glory of God actually means. Moses and Elijah were great leaders of the people, but they were trapped in the same myth which still directs the decisions and strategies of generals and freedom-fighters and presidents and conspiracists today, and even ourselves: the deadly myth that sacrificial violence redeems. Jesus stands out from all of these in offering a different way, a non-violent way of love. His death and resurrection make it possible for us to know that we are held - and can thus hold others - in love. A talk for The  Sunday Next before Lent, 27 February 2022. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks
08:56
February 22, 2022
“I will calm your storm”
Although we live in a time and place of comfort and wealth, nevertheless somehow life seems to have got harder for so many, the troubles of life more exacting for both old and young. Whilst Covid may have hastened some of this, it was happening already. How we long to be travelling through calm waters, how we yearn for a place of peace in our life and in our world. What unites today’s two bible passages is a sense that the Creator of all things is the source of all calm. A talk for The Second Sunday before Lent, 20 February 2022. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks
08:05
February 17, 2022
If Christ is raised from the dead: hearing the music in the dance of life
To what shall we compare the kingdom of God? The kingdom of God is like a party in full swing, the dance floor full of people moving in tandem in time with the music, and a passer-by outside the window, looking in but unable to hear a sound, so lacking all understanding and appreciation of what is going on. Or as old Fred Nietzsche is alleged to have said, "And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who couldn't hear the music.” But if we believe that Christ is raised from the dead, then the dance of life which is the kingdom of God we understand, appreciate, and enjoy as we move in tandem in time with its music. A talk for The Third Sunday before Lent, 13 February 2022. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks
07:18
February 09, 2022
The Parable of the Tiny Trawler and the Fly-Shooter: first steps towards Total Ministry
Whilst it was shepherds who took a starring role in the story of his birth, and other aspects of Galilean village life worked their way into his ministry, there’s no doubt that ‘the aphorisms, parables and metaphors, anecdotes, and social network of Jesus are all heavily influenced by the Sea of Galilee and its fish, fishing, fishermen, and fishing-villages.’ (K. C. Hanson). On listening to and learning with fishermen; and replacing the  devitalising model of one person being paid to do the church's ministry on behalf of the whole community may with the vigorous gospel approach modelled by Jesus and his Capernaum fishing friends in which ‘teams of gifted people, ordained and lay, together carry out God's work.’ (Total Ministry) A talk for The Fourth Sunday before Lent, 6 February 2022. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks
09:16
February 03, 2022
From exile to the slow repair of our social fabric: creating space for recovery
What is the experience of people in exile - and how may they find restoration as their exile comes to an end? This is a vital question for today, for we live in a world of exiles, and I suggest, our own recent experiences through this pandemic have made exiles of us all.  Reflecting on the restoration of the exiles of Judah on the return from Babylon, and the life's work of exiled spiritual leaders the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, and how their experiences may speak encouragingly to ours, a talk and prayers for The Third Sunday of Epiphany, 23 January 2022. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks
09:37
January 19, 2022
Water into wine: the astonishing generosity of God in a world of scarcity
The miracle at the wedding at Cana in Galilee demonstrates that when God sees people suffering scarcity his response is to renew, restore, replenish, with extraordinary generosity, loving us with just the same intensity of love that a newly-wed couple have for each other. God invites us to respond to this great love by using our resources to live generously towards others. This can sound scary, the prospect of helping other people suffering scarcity by giving bits of ourselves away. But let’s think about it in terms of how newly-weds enter the experience of marriage prepared to give something of themselves away for the sake of the other in the partnership. Let’s think of how that bit of self-sacrifice brings so many greater benefits to them and those around them in growing love and mutual flourishing. A talk and prayers for The Second Sunday of Epiphany, 16 January 2022.  Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks
09:05
January 11, 2022
We follow the Light
Like those visitors who followed the star from the East which stopped over the place where the child was, can we make this our prayer today - that we follow the light, the light who moves the heavens, the light who shines into the darkest corners of our hostile world, the light who guides our path in changing and challenging times.... A talk and prayers for The Epiphany, (transferred to) 9 January 2022. With the lighting of a candle accompanied by Bernadette Farrell, Christ Be Our Light.  Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks
08:19
January 08, 2022
Fleshing out the word, in truth and blazing grace
“The Word became flesh and lived among us, full of grace and truth”. If you truly believe the word that all people are equal under God, then how do you flesh out that belief? Is it possible to apply that truth with grace? In tribute to the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who demonstrated throughout his life how this could be done, this talk asks the question how the Church of England can reconcile its tensions between being ‘a bastion of the status quo in English society’ whilst upholding the teachings of Jesus which encourage us 'to constantly question arbitrary authority, to prioritise mutual care over competition, and to hold up both nature and human life as sacred against a society that treats it as disposable.’ A talk for The Second Sunday of Christmas, 2 January 2022. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks
08:33
December 30, 2021
A sort of homecoming: Joseph and Mary’s first Christmas
'You might consider Joseph and Mary’s trip to Bethlehem on that first Christmas as a homecoming, a family reunion. For whilst the couple lived 90 miles away in Nazareth, Joseph’s family came from Bethlehem. When the Roman governor called a census it was time to make plans to visit the folks back home.' This insight from Bob Hartman prompting a reflection on our own homecomings, at this fixed point in a turbulent year; a time for reviewing and renewing that which we most value in our lives. A talk for Christmas Eve, 24 December 2021. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks
08:18
December 23, 2021
Mary: the girl at the centre of a world about to turn
Mary’s prophecy echoes through women’s music of the ages. From the mystical compositions of the 12th Century polymath Hildegard of Bingen to the rallying songs of the Suffragettes; from Billie Holiday pausing for prayer before closing her shows with Strange Fruit to the women of Greenham Common and those at #MeToo vigils uniting across the years in renditions of We Shall Overcome, this song of a girl in Nazareth continues to convey the power for everyday women to envision a different, better world, and in the very act of envisioning it, to begin to bring it about. The lives and testimonies of working-class women have been largely obscured in history mostly by being ignored or condescended to, or in Mary’s case, by being elevated to the other-worldly, the Queen of Heaven, not a normal human. But Mary’s prophecy sings out in defiance of all that. The talk concludes with a recording Canticle of the Turning, a ‘vigorous paraphrase of the Magnificat which presents Mary as a country girl who is more than a meek maiden’ a paraphrase of Luke 1 by Rory Cooney, tune: Star of the County Down, Irish traditional, performed by Rory Cooney, Gary Daigle & Theresa Donohoo from ‘Safety Harbor’, 1990. A talk for The Fourth Sunday of Advent, 19 December 2021. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks
13:02
December 15, 2021
Whatever we bring to the table is welcome: encountering the John the Baptists of today
Churches are good at hosting 'Jacob’s Joins'; elsewhere called ‘Potluck Suppers’ or ‘Faith Suppers’ or ‘Bring-and-Shares’. The thing about a 'Jacob’s Join' is that we all bring something to the table. It's a metaphor for the church. Today, an invitation to celebrate what the John the Baptists bring: the those who are given less to comfortableness and are more driven - the activists, the agitators, those give to righting wrongs. A talk for The Third Sunday of Advent, 12 December 2021. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks
06:12
December 11, 2021
The prophetic turn: We do not live in the world we think we live in, but we can shape a new and different world
It's not the high and mighty ones like the emperor or the high priests who 'receive the word of the Lord' in scripture. It's always the outsiders, those whose ‘otherness’ ‘questions our treating our perspective as if it were God’s’. Like the poet whose words spark fresh ways of seeing life, like the musician whose sounds provoke new sensations in us, like the lover who makes demands on us we never knew we could meet, the outsider may reveal to us ‘that we do not live in the world we think we live in’ (Rowan Williams) Is the future of the spirit to be found among those experimenting and creating 'outside the world we think we live in'? There are plenty of inspiring examples. A talk for The Second Sunday of Advent, 5 December 2021. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks
08:59
December 02, 2021
Listen: for he speaks; watch: for he acts in our time and place
In a world of broken promises, the sure promise of Jesus is that though the signs of the times seem dark, and we may feel the weight of the burden of them, nevertheless he is coming into the world, today, and that means that our ‘redemption is drawing near’, right now. A talk for The First Sunday of Advent, 28 November 2021. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks
08:30
November 28, 2021
Jesus - king of a resurrected world
Jesus never positioned himself as a king, in fact he went out of his way to avoid being seen as one. Look at the way he wriggles through Pilate’s interrogation on this subject. Although the focus of his teaching was the Kingdom of God, he was clear that meant something entirely different from the kingdoms of this world.... A talk for Christ The King, Sunday 21 November 2021. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks
08:06
November 18, 2021
Honouring the fight for a better world: the beginning of the birth pangs
Are the agonies we are living through mark the beginning of the end for us; or can we rather see them as the end of the beginning? Are the troubles of today the birth pangs of a better world which we can shape if we engage with the struggle through them, if we act hopefully, create imaginatively, and commit to the earth and each other - all peoples together - in the spirit of those whose fight for a better world we honour today? A talk for the Remembrance Sunday 14 November 2021. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
05:53
November 11, 2021
We are all Ninevites now: acting in hope for survival
God was troubled that the people of the great city of Nineveh ‘did not know their right hand from their left’. That they were a people - in other words - losing their way, troubled in their ease, psychically impoverished in their wealth. In our climate confusion and shame over the many inequalities and inequities of our situation, are we all Ninevites now?  If so then the Nineveh story offers a strange kind of hope to us in this week where the world’s leaders meet to discuss action on climate change and we, the people, wait in hope and fear to discern the shape our future might take. For the Nineveh story offers us a glimpse of some unlikely heroes - for it was the actions of the people which effected change in Nineveh; an unexpected and very welcome twist offering hope. For, as Greta Thunberg recently said, ‘Hope is not passive; hope is not ‘blah-blah-blah’. Hope is telling the truth; hope is taking action; and hope always comes from the people.’ A talk for the Third Sunday before Advent, 7 November 2021, during the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
09:14
November 04, 2021
The Feeding of the Five Thousand: the miracle is in the sharing
The scenario in which  many people in the crowd had a bite to eat hidden away in the folds of their clothes or their carry bags, but didn’t cough up until after they saw the little boy made his offering and they were moved to follow suit, sharing their provisions with the people standing nearby. I like that because it’s a version of the miracle which replaces a holy conjuring trick with human agency. And I believe that God works best when we humans act out to recreate his generous ways. For the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand teaches how God will provide enough food for everyone to eat: and it teaches us that everyone will eat when everyone takes just what they need and shares the rest with others... This is not religious magical thinking: it’s an achievable scenario which the World Food Programme has broken down into five steps which world leaders can take... A talk for the Twentieth Sunday after Trinity, 17 October 2021. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
07:22
October 12, 2021
Be wowed by the atoms, seek oneness with the birds, consider the tiniest flower: a manifesto for a thankful life
Harvest-time permits us to be wowed by the atoms, to seek oneness with the birds, to take time to look attentively at the least of the flowers in the fields. The way of Harvest can be the way of every day. Living in this way we may find our truer place in nature... A talk for the Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity, 10 October 2021. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
05:00
October 09, 2021
The mystery of mastery is that it is achieved through humility
Jeff Bezos, Larry Page and Peter Thiel, Bezos are convinced that 'death is a problem that can be solved' and are investing millions into experimental age-reversing technology. Meanwhile the rest of us seek immortality by slapping on Wrinkle Repair Regenerating Cream, overworking to leave our peers and children with something memorable to put on our gravestone. We have traditionally mastered relationships through enforcing patriarchy; we have tried mastering the earth through industrialisation and technology, achieving lives of ease and luxury in the wealthier parts of the world but at the expense of a scorched dead earth, overheating seas and increasing numbers of climate refugees. It's not that we shouldn't try to master our lives; it's just that we need to find the right way to go about it. A closer reading of Genesis' creation passages, and Jesus' teaching on relationships, suggests that the mystery of mastery is that it is achieved through humility. A talk for the Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity, 3 October 2021. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
08:50
September 14, 2021
The tongue is a fire: from the ashes of a Lakeland blaze
The tongue is a fire. And it burns to be on the receiving end of people’s enflamed opinions, particularly when they are lazily formed and poorly-informed. An encounter between the son of a gorse-burning farmer and his incomer neighbour illustrates this commonplace countryside occurrence; but also points towards how the tongue, well used, can help put out fires. A talk for the Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity, 5 September 2021. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
07:45
September 09, 2021
Have faith and sow some seeds
"How extremely fragile we are. When everything is connected to everything else, problems over there — whether in Suez, Ningbo-Zhoushan, or Wuhan — became problems over here. We really are all in it together, for good or ill. This would not be a problem if we trusted one another, had reasonably aligned values, or had a robust sense of solidarity which could weather the everyday tribulations that come with trade. But we don’t. The paradox of the past 30 years is that, as the world has grown economically closer, it has grown politically apart" - Nick Spencer.  But that’s not the end of the story; for the good news is that throughout the world there are many people of faith and goodwill who are working hard to feed people in need today - and to point us towards a future when we may not be so dependent on the present global food supply system with its fragility and vulnerability. A talk for the Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity, 5 September 2021. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
08:05
September 01, 2021
Sunday 5 September 2021 - Prayers and Readings
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: 5 September 2021, The Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity. Featuring 'In Christ there is no east or west', John Oxenham, 1908. Performed by the William Appling Singers from Shall We Gather - American Hymns & Spirituals, 2001, and 'Oh the life of the world is a joy and a treasure', Ian Galloway, Kathy Galloway. Performed by St Mary's Cathedral Choir, Glasgow from Coming To Our Senses, 1997. Including my reflection for the day 'Have faith and sow some seeds', also available with all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
22:22
September 01, 2021
Sunday 29 August 2021 - Prayers and Readings
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: 29 August 2021, The Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity.
08:17
August 26, 2021
The Booths and their struggle with the powers
How the founders of the Salvation Army, William and Catherine Booth, exemplified and triumphed in the ‘struggle ... not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.’ (Ephesians 6) A talk for the Twelfth Sunday after Trinity, 22 August 2021. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
08:46
August 18, 2021
Sunday 22 August 2021 - Prayers and Readings
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: 22 August 2021, The Twelfth Sunday after Trinity. Featuring 'Amazing Grace', John Newton, 1779, performed by Hayley Westenra from Pure, 2003; 'Goodness is stronger than evil' Words: Desmond Tutu. Arranged by John L. Bell, performed by St Mary’s Cathedral Choir, Glasgow from Coming to our Senses, 1997; and 'Fight the good fight with all thy might', J.S.B Monsell. performed by The Jubilate Singers from How Great Thou Art - Hymns of Praise, 2011.  Including my reflection for the day 'The Booths and their struggle with the powers', also available with all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
26:48
August 18, 2021
In a rapidly-warming world, Wisdom has built her house
In a rapidly-warming world, Wisdom has built her house. Tired of the clamorous conflict between the deniers and the doomsters, people are seeking wisdom in a time of climate change from the indigenous peoples of the earth, who against all odds have maintained their deep, ancient relationships with their historic lands and waters; from the global poor in their practical knowledge of the way the world works; and from the human ecologists making deep connections between flora, fauna and humankind. Scripture's Wisdom literature also helps; as does the wisdom of our own people and place - our own ‘indigenous’ ways, old ways in which we have related to our own soil and each other, those traditional practices on the land and in the home which may have been eclipsed in recent decades by industrial agricultural practices and all the fripperies and distractions of the consumer boom, but which we still value. Making do and mending as an antidote to consuming and discarding. Collaborating as community as an antidote to ploughing on alone.  A talk for the Eleventh Sunday after Trinity, 15 August 2021. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
08:50
August 14, 2021
Sunday 15 August 2021 - Prayers and Readings
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: 15 August 2021, The Eleventh Sunday after Trinity. Featuring 'Let us with a gladsome mind', John Milton, 1623, performed by the Christmas Choral Society from Christmas Carols - Traditional Favourites, Vol. 4, 2012; 'Take this moment, sign and space', John L. Bell, 1989, performed by John Bell and The Cathedral Singers from Take This Moment, 2000; and 'O Worship the King All Glorious Above ' Robert Grant, 1833, performed by The Cambridge University Brass Ensemble & The Choir of Queens' College, Cambridge from Wedding Hymns, 1999.  Including my reflection for the day 'In a rapidly-warming world, Wisdom has built her house', also available with all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
26:07
August 14, 2021
Tough kindness: a prayerful practice that can transform our world
Being kind to one another is human nature. Contrary to the belief sunk deep into Western thought, that human beings are by nature selfish and governed by self-interest, it is realistic, as well as revolutionary, to assume that people are good. The instinct to cooperate rather than compete, trust rather than distrust, goes right back to the beginning of Homo sapiens. There’s a toughness about kindness just as there is a toughness about love, and about speaking truth in love. To cultivate it requires a prayerful self-awareness and self-discipline. To practice it can transform our world. A talk for the Tenth Sunday after Trinity, 1 August 2021. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
08:03
August 04, 2021
Sunday 8 August 2021 - Prayers and Readings
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: 8 August 2021, The Tenth Sunday after Trinity. Featuring 'At the Name of Jesus every knee shall bow', Caroline M. Noel, 1870, performed by Swansea Gospel Male Voice Choir from Various Artists: Hymn Makers Gold, 2019; 'To Mercy, Pity, Peace and Love (The Divine Image)', William Blake, performed by Mark Padmore & Nicholas Daniel from Ralph Vaughan Williams: Ten Blake Songs & On Wenlock Edge, 2013; and 'I am the bread of life', written and performed by Suzanne Toolan from Various Artists: Celebrating Our Faith, 1998. Including my reflection for the day 'Tough kindness: a prayerful practice that can transform our world', also available with all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
26:38
August 04, 2021
When did you become an adult? Growing up into maturity
You need to grow up, Paul tells the Ephesian believers. Now, they were grown up - fully-formed adults who’d taken the familiar paths through family life, work life, community life, including that big decision to deviate from the practice of the religion of their birth, to follow Christ. But nevertheless, to this audience of responsible adults, Paul said, you need to grow up. You need to come ‘to maturity [in the faith], to the measure of the full stature of Christ’. Now if I said to you, ’you need to grow up’ - how would you take it? For you are grown up. Let me approach the question in another way: by asking you, when did you become an adult? A talk for the Ninth Sunday after Trinity, 1 August 2021. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
08:47
July 30, 2021
Sunday 1 August 2021 - Prayers and Readings
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: 1 August 2021, The Ninth Sunday after Trinity. Featuring 'For the beauty of the earth' (F.S. Pierpoint) performed by the Joslin Grove Choral Society from 100 Best Loved Hymns, 2004 and 'How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds (John Newton, 1779) performed by The Coventry Singers from The Hymn Writers: Newton & Cowper, 2013. Including my reflection for the day 'When did you become an adult? Growing up into maturity', also available with all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
22:37
July 30, 2021
Poor old Mo Farah - elevation and relegation in a world of famished cravings
Our hunger for others to feed us, physically and emotionally, is insatiable. We have received so much - that we want to have more … and more … and more… The superabundance of Jesus in a finite world where our cravings will never stop famishing us.  A talk for the Eighth Sunday after Trinity, 25 July 2021. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
08:54
July 22, 2021
Sunday 25 July 2021 - Prayers and Readings
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: 25 July 2021, The Eighth Sunday after Trinity. Featuring 'Praise, my soul, the King of heaven' (Henry Francis Lyte, 1834), performed by Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Richard Farnes & Sir Stephen Cleobury from Abide With Me - 50 Favourite Hymns, 1996; 'Let us talents and tongues employ' (Words: Fred Kaan, 1975. Music: Doreen Potter, 1975), performed by The Choir of Trinity College, University of Melbourne, Michael Leighton Jones & John O’Donnell, from Fifty Best-Loved Hymns, 2012; 'I am the Bread of Life' Written and performed by John Michael Talbot from Our Blessing Cup: songs for liturgical celebrations, 1996; Guide me, O Thou great redeemer (William Williams Pantycelyn, 1745), performed by Robert Quinney, James O'Donnell, Doctor Andrew Grant, The Choir of Her Majesty's Chapel Royal, St. James Palace & The Choir Of Westminster Abbey from The Royal Wedding – The Official Album, 2011. Including my reflection for the day 'Poor old Mo Farah - elevation and relegation in a world of famished cravings', also available with all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
28:55
July 22, 2021
Sunday 18 July 2021 - Prayers and Readings
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: 18 July 2021, The Seventh Sunday after Trinity. Featuring 'The King of Love my Shepherd is' (H.W. Baker), performed by Utah State University Chorale, Cory Evans, Ellie Evans, Amelia Merkley & Jeremy Adriano. iTunes single, 2019; 'My Shepherd will supply my need' (Psalm 23, paraphrased by Isaac Watts, 1835), performed by Allyse Smith from Come Thou Fount, 2008; 'Gather us in (Live)', written and performed by Marty Haugen, 1982 GIA Publications. From Anthology I: 1980-1984 – The Best of Marty Haugen, 1985; 'Father, hear the prayer we offer' (Love M. Whitcomb Willis, 1864), performed by The Jubilee Choir from You’ll never Walk Alone, 2003. Including my reflection for the day 'How we long to be gathered in safety', also available with all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
27:03
July 15, 2021
How we long to be gathered in safety
At a time of year when our local shepherds gather in the sheep for shearing, this theme of gathering together again after a long time apart is very current, as tomorrow in England sees the lifting of legal restrictions on our meeting and travelling. This will be both a relief and a cause of anxiety: what politicians are calling ‘Freedom Day’ feels less liberating than it might, as we’re asked to enter it with caution, and with particular care for others, especially those who are most vulnerable to Covid-19. How we long to be gathered together again with friends, family and neighbours who we may have kept in touch with over the past 16 months but who we’ve not been able - or felt able - to see. But we long to be gathered in safety. A talk for the Seventh Sunday after Trinity, 18 July 2021. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
05:55
July 15, 2021
Sunday 11 July 2021 - Prayers and Readings
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: 11 July 2021, The Sixth Sunday after Trinity. Featuring 'Lord of the Dance' (Sydney Carter, 1963) performed by Shusha, Maddy Prior, Melanie Harrold, John Kirkpatrick, Robert Johnson, Sydney Carter from Lovely In The Dances: Songs Of Sydney Carter, 1981; 'You have called us by our name' (Bernadette Farrell) from the collection Journeysongs Third Edition: Volume 16, 2012; and Love divine, all loves excelling' (Charles Wesley, 1747), performed by the Wallingford Parish Church Choir, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Adam Langston & Dr Sue Ledger, from The Hymns Album, 2011. Including my reflection for the day 'Redeeming Salome: let the little daughter dance', also available with all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
29:05
July 08, 2021
Redeeming Salome: let the little daughter dance
Salome: in popular imagination she is the quintessential femme fatale; or what one 19th century writer called ‘the symbolic incarnation of undying Lust, the Goddess of immortal Hysteria, the accursed Beauty exalted above all other beauties ... the monstrous Beast, indifferent, irresponsible, insensible, poisoning.’ But there is no Salome in Mark's gospel passage about Herod's birthday party - just 'a little daughter', a pre-teen dancing for play and fun and then being taken advantage of by a conniving mother and uncle. Why is our society's instinct always to create creatures like Salome out of childlike girls? And can we clean up our minds, and make space to let the little daughters dance? A talk for the Sixth Sunday after Trinity, 11 July 2021.  Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
08:59
July 08, 2021
Prophets without honour at home: destroying those we love, loving those we destroy
I first encountered it in 1980 when news of John Lennon's murder was met by some in his home town with the uncharitable judgement, 'He's never done anything for this city...' Anthropologists talk about the complex relationship which we groups of people, whether villages or cities, crowds or churches, have with those people we uphold as our ‘models’ - how at one and the same time we attack and cherish them, hate and love them, diminish and exalt them.  This is the state of the hometown crowd in Nazareth with respect to Jesus. The proverb that a prophet is honoured everywhere except in his own home sums up the scandal. Envious of this person, we are at the same time attracted and repulsed by them. The crowd wants to be like the ‘other’ and to destroy him, because he is so pleasing.’ Teasing out this universal human trait, with reflections on the receptions of born-again Bob Dylan, the late Diana, Princess of Wales, the 'Accidental Footballer' Pat Nevin, and Frank Skinner, recent author of A Comedian's Prayer Book. A talk for The Fifth Sunday after Trinity , 4 July 2021. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
09:08
July 01, 2021
Sunday 4 July 2021 - Prayers and Readings
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: 4 July 2021, The Fifth Sunday after Trinity. Featuring 'Praise, my soul, the King of heaven' Words: Henry Francis Lyte (1834), music: John Goss (1869), Performed by the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Richard Farnes & Sir Stephen Cleobury from Abide With Me - 50 Favourite Hymns, 1996; 'I believe in you' Bob Dylan © 1979 Special Rider Music. Performed by Alison Krauss on BBC Four Transatlantic Sessions, 24 March 2012. Sourced from YouTube: https://youtu.be/b5dpkBV2ifs; 'I, the Lord of sea and sky (Here I am, Lord)' Daniel L. Schutte, 1979, Performed by John Michael Talbot from Table of Plenty, 1997. Including my reflection for the day 'Prophets without honour at home: destroying those we love, loving those we destroy', also available with all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
28:08
July 01, 2021
Man, interrupted: becoming a listener to a woman’s whole truth
The initiative here belongs entirely to the woman. From first hearing about him from afar, she slowly but surely closes the gap between them and, touching him, triggers a flow of power from Jesus that is beyond Jesus’ control, intention or even awareness. She is healed before Jesus is even conscious of her presence. When, finally, he says, ‘Your faith has made you well’, he is simply naming what has already happened - responding to ‘the whole truth’ that she has told him. What was this woman’s ‘whole truth’ which she told Jesus?  A talk for The Fourth Sunday after Trinity , 20 June 2021. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
09:05
June 25, 2021
Sunday 27 June 2021 - Prayers and Readings
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: 27 June 2021, The Fourth Sunday after Trinity. Featuring 'My Song is love unknown', Samuel Crossman, 1664. Melody: John Ireland. Performed by The Easter Hymns Band from 20 Favourite Easter Hymns, 2005; 'Psalm 130: Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD' Arranged by Michael Hay & Joseph B. Sullivan. Performed by the William Ferris Chorale from Lectionary Psalms, Vol. 4, 2013; 'We cannot measure how you heal', John L. Bell and Graham Maule ©1989 WGRG, Iona Community, Glasgow. Performed by Joy and Ruth Everingham, 2021, Source: https://youtu.be/OrNoQisGbDw; 'Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord!', Timothy Dudley-Smith, 1962. Melody: Walter Greatorex. Performed by Huddersfield Choral Society & Huddersfield Choral Society & Joseph Cullen from The Hymns Album, 2006. Including my reflection for the day 'Man, interrupted: becoming a listener to a woman’s whole truth', also available with all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
29:35
June 25, 2021
Sunday 20 June 2021 - Prayers and Readings
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: 20 June 2021, The Third Sunday after Trinity. Featuring 'Now thank we all our God' Author: Martin Rinkart (1636), Translator: Catherine Winkworth. Performed by The Cambridge University Brass Ensemble & The Choir of Queens' College, Cambridge from Wedding Hymns, 1999; 'Some went down to the sea in ships' Psalm 107 adapted and performed by Pastor Joel S Neubauer, St Mark Lutheran Church (ELCA), Yorktown, Virginia; and 'Psalm 107: Give thanks to the Lord (His love is everlasting)' composed by Francesca LaRosa Rohrer and performed by Francesca LaRosa © 2021. Including my reflection for the day '“Those who go down to the sea in ships…” Overcoming our sea blindness', also available with all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
26:46
June 17, 2021
“Those who go down to the sea in ships…” Overcoming our sea blindness
When the stricken mega-ship ‘Ever Given’ blocked the Suez Canal many were amazed to learn that 12 per cent of global trade passes through the canal, making the economic damage caused by its closure very significant: a boggling $9.6 billion a day.  All of this was something of a revelation to many of us, for as Rose George so powerfully puts it in her book Deep Sea and Foreign Going, shipping is an ‘invisible industry that brings you 90% of everything’. ‘It has quadrupled in size since 1970. We are more dependent on it now than ever’. And yet we suffer from what the chief of the Royal Navy, the First Sea Lord, calls ‘sea blindness’. We pay little heed to the sea itself and those who traverse it, to the companies who run shipping under their very elusive flags of convenience; we pay scant attention to what goes on behind the high-security fences of the world’s container ports, and least of all to the conditions in which the world’s seafarers live. They will joke that their job is like being in prison with a salary - but those who know both forms of institution agree that sea life is the far harsher form of incarceration. This talk attempts to overcome our sea blindness and open our eyes to these people who have brought us nine out of every ten things we own. A talk for The Third Sunday after Trinity , 20 June 2021. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
08:27
June 17, 2021
The mustard seed and the wood-wide-web: introducing the kin-dom of God
What if this passage about the mustard seed is not a parable about human behaviour at all - but instead is a pretty straight telling of how God works in nature? If it is then it should humble us. For mustard might be an 'invader', if we have to call it that, but this 'invasion' is one way in which other-than-human creatures bring healing and stability to habitats that humans have disturbed, renewing the fertility of soils that humans have farmed-out and overgrazed. Mustard and its kindred seeds are driving green life back into the open through the cracks in the concrete. A talk for The Second Sunday after Trinity , 13 June 2021. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
08:14
June 10, 2021
Sunday 13 June 2021 - Prayers and Readings
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: 13 June 2021, The Second Sunday after Trinity. Featuring Holy, holy, holy! Lord God almighty! (Reginald Heber, 1826, John B. Dykes), Performed by Sufjan Stevens from Peace! Songs For Christmas, Volume 5, 2006, We will not take what is not ours (Graham Maule, John L. Bell © 1989 Wild Goose Resource Group, Iona Community). Performed by The Wild Goose Resource Group from Love and Anger, 1998, and Hills of the North, rejoice, (Charles Edward Oakley Martin Shaw). Performed by Belfast Cathedral Choir from Complete New English Hymnal Vol. 22, 2005. Including my reflection for the day 'The mustard seed in the wood-wide-web: introducing the kin-dom of God', also available with all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
25:33
June 10, 2021
Sunday 6 June 2021 - Prayers and Readings
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: 6 June 2021, The First Sunday after Trinity.
09:49
May 31, 2021
Trinity Sunday - searching together for answers to the mysteries
Jesus said to Nicodemus, 'Are you a teacher... and yet you do not understand these things?' None of us feel up to the task of explaining the mysteries of God the Trinity... and yet each of us has the life experience and understanding to be able to do just that. A talk for Trinity Sunday, 30 May 2021. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
08:32
May 27, 2021
Sunday 30 May 2021 - Prayers and Readings
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: 30 May 2021, Trinity Sunday. Featuring All creatures of our God and King, St. Francis of Assisi, 1225, paraphrased by William H. Draper, 1919, Performed by Keith & Kristyn Getty from Getty Kids Hymnal: Family Hymn Sing, 2018; Three is a magic number, Bob Dorough, 1973, From Schoolhouse Rock!, ABC, youtu.be/aU4pyiB-kq0; The Triune God: a mystery, Howard Higashi, 1937 - 1998, From Living Stream Hymns, youtu.be/H3bDaihcIUs, and St Patrick’s Breastplate (I bind unto myself today), St Patrick of Ireland, 11c, paraphrased by Cecil Frances Alexander, 1889, Performed by Anna Purdum from Anglican Hymns, 2020. Including my reflection for the day 'Trinity Sunday - searching together for answers to the mysteries', also available with all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
35:11
May 27, 2021
Speaking in other tongues: a way to right wrongs
I have always admired those who can speak in a tongue not their own. It’s not my gift. It seems to me this requires generosity and a measure of humility - a reaching outside of what is comfortable and familiar to us, towards others and their different ways of expressing their being. How valuable a gift this is today, in this world where we tend to stick to our tribes, speaking our mother tongues and keeping our distance from those who talk differently.... A talk for Pentecost, 23 May 2021. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
08:03
May 20, 2021
Sunday 23 May 2021 - Prayers and Readings
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: 23 May 2021, Pentecost. Featuring Morning has broken, Eleanor Farjeon, 1931, Performed by Aled Jones from One Voice: Believe, 2017; O Spirit of the Living God, Henry Hallam Tweedy, 1935, Performed by Audrey Assad from Fortunate Fall, 2013; and O for a thousand tongues to sing, Charles Wesley, 1739, Performed by The St. Michael's Singers from The Best Hymns Album In the World…Ever!, 2007. Including my reflection for the day 'Speaking in other tongues: a way to right wrongs', also available with all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
32:13
May 20, 2021
Sunday 16 May 2021 - Prayers and Readings
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: 16 May 2021, The Seventh Sunday of Easter, the Sunday after Ascension. Featuring 'At the Name of Jesus', Caroline Noel, 1870, Performed by Swansea Gospel Male Voice Choir from Various Artists: Hymn Makers Gold, 2019; 'Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies', Charles Wesley, 1740, Performed by The Choral Arts Society of Washington, J. Reilly Lewis & Scott Tucker from Lift Up Your Voice: Hymns of Charles Wesley, 2015, and 'Clap your hands all you nations', Psalm 47 arranged by John L. Bell, 1993, Performed by The Iona Community from Psalms Of Patience, Protest, and Praise, 1993. Including my reflection for the day 'We are One? The call to be strong and benign', also available with all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
24:44
May 13, 2021
We are One? The call to be strong and benign
A year ago there was a firm feeling that “We are One”, as we stood together outside on a Thursday applauding our NHS ‘heroes’ at the height of that period in time when we were truly dedicated to keeping to the Covid rules and protecting each other for each other’s sake. But as we’ve since found, unity of that sort is hard to sustain. Self-interest, self-assertion is back: being our brother’s keeper went out of fashion sometime well before last Christmas. How can we work towards unity despite all our differences? An important question for a church whose debates on issues such as same-sex marriage might sadly still be accurately described in the century-old words of WB Yeats: ‘The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.’ Is it possible to be strong in our convictions whilst benevolent in our attitude towards those with whom we differ? A talk for The Seventh Sunday of Easter, 16 May 2021.  Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
08:14
May 13, 2021
After saying ‘goodbye’: A poem for Ascension Day
Leaving a loved one at the new school gates; the butterfly's lament; and other scenarios each leading to the refrain: There's joy, and a promise of new life from God That comes after saying 'goodbye'. The full text of this poem in the context of my Ascension Day talk for 2021, can be found on my website here.
02:53
May 12, 2021
How can we withhold the water?
A talk from Christian Aid's 2021 climate justice campaign focussing on the story of Rose, a villager in Kitui county, eastern Kenya, where 8 out of 10 people depend on water to grow crops, for food and to earn a living, but many are without a reliable water source. A talk for The Sixth Sunday of Easter, 2 May 2021, the start of Christian Aid Week. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
05:50
April 30, 2021
Sunday 9 May 2021 - Prayers and Readings
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: 9 May 2021, The Sixth Sunday of Easter and the start of Christian Aid Week Featuring 'For the beauty of the earth' by Folliott Sandford Pierpoint (1864), performed by Joslin Grove Choral Society from 100 Best Loved Hymns, 2004; 'If the fields are parched', Written and performed by Chris Juby from Resound Worship: Doxecology, 2020; and 'You shall top out with joy', N.T. Wright, performed by Sound of Worship from Top 20 Children's Hymns and Songs (Sing-Along), 2014. Including my reflection for the day “How can we withhold the water?”, a talk from Christian Aid's 2021 climate justice campaign, also available with all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
22:50
April 30, 2021
“How can I understand, unless someone guides me?”
“How can I understand, unless someone guides me?” The words of the Ethiopian eunuch on the road to Gaza: making connections between Isaiah's 'suffering servant' and himself. This exchange between Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch, so many years ago, feels contemporary in the way it speaks of justice, renewal and redemption to people in our society whose life experience is one of humiliation and injustice, those who get treated as outsiders and are searching for affirmation and hope. A talk for The Fifth Sunday of Easter, 2 May 2021. Featuring Nina Simone performing 'Take me to the water' from High Priestess Of Soul, 1967 Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
09:59
April 30, 2021
Sunday 2 May 2021 - Prayers and Readings
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: 2 May 2021, The Fifth Sunday of Easter. Featuring 'All creatures of our God and King', St. Francis of Assisi (paraphraser: William H. Draper), performed by Keith & Kristyn Getty from Getty Kids Hymnal: Family Hymn Sing, 2018; 'Take me to the water', Traditional African-American spiritual performed by Nina Simone from High Priestess Of Soul, 1967; and 'Christ, Be Our Light, Bernadette Farrell, performed by Bernadette Farrell, Frank Brownstead & Frank Brownstead Choir from Christ Be Our Light, 1994. Including my reflection for the day “How can I understand, unless someone guides me?”, also available with all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
27:20
April 30, 2021
Sunday 25 April 2021 - Prayers and Readings
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: 25 April 2021, The Fourth Sunday of Easter. Featuring 'O praise ye the Lord!' (Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, Henry Williams Baker) performed by Christopher Stokes, Huddersfield Choral Society & Gregory Batsleer from the collection ‘The Hymns Album, Vol. 2’, 2019; 'The Lord Is My Shepherd - Psalm 23' (Setting: Howard Goodall) performed by Howard Goodall, Enchanted Voices & Tippett Quartet from the collection ‘Pelican in the Wilderness (Songs from the Psalms)’, 2010; 'The King of love my Shepherd is' (Henry Williams Baker, 1868) performed by Utah State University Chorale, Cory Evans, Ellie Evans, Amelia Merkley & Jeremy Adriano. Single: 2019. Including my reflection for the day 'The sheep of every fold', also available with all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
24:34
April 22, 2021
The sheep of every fold
What makes a good shepherd? When I asked a local farmer that question he replied, “A well serviced quad bike and a really good faithful collie.” There's also the gifts of character and dedication which the farmer brings to their task. Jesus's take on shepherding is characteristically surprising, reversing the normal practice by saying that "the good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep", and saying that “I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice.” What does that mean and how does that impact on us in our globalised but tribal world? A talk for The Fourth Sunday of Easter, 25 April 2021. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
08:30
April 22, 2021
The disabled God, living into the resurrection
Nancy Eiesland was born with a congenital bone defect in her hips. By the time she was 13 years old, she had had eleven operations, and realised that pain was always going to be with her. She was a Christian; and as she matured she developed a remarkable ‘take’ on her faith and destiny. She said that she hoped that when she went to heaven she would still be disabled. Her conception of the risen, wounded Jesus as being 'The Disabled God' opens up new opportunities for our understanding of the divine, and our own human condition. A talk for The Third Sunday of Easter, 18 April 2021. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
08:26
April 15, 2021
Sunday 18 April 2021 - Prayers and Readings
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: 18 April 2021, The Third Sunday of Easter. Featuring 'My song is love unknown' (Samuel Crossman, 1664), performed by the Easter Hymns Band from ‘20 Favourite Easter Hymns’ (2005), and 'The Servant King' (Graham Kendrick, 1983), performed by The London Fox Choir from ‘Mother's 50 Favourite Hymns’ (2016). Including my reflection for the day 'The disabled God, living into the resurrection', also available with all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
25:11
April 15, 2021
A day to give thanks for the questioners
Today let us give thanks for those who ask questions. For those whose curiosity is unbounded by decorum; who follow hunches to reveal wonders; who dare to bridge the gap between their doubts and a truth they are keen to uncover.  A talk dedicated to the late John Polkinghorne, 'one of the most influential figures in the field of science and religion' who recently died, to the young woman whose question to the Archbishop of York in a station coffee queue inspired Stephen Cottrell's book 'Dear England', and informed by Caravaggio's 'The Incredulity of Saint Thomas'. A talk for The Second Sunday of Easter, 11 April 2021. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
09:21
April 08, 2021
Sunday 11 April 2021 - Prayers and Readings
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: 11 April 2021, The Second Sunday of Easter. Featuring 'Morning has broken' (Eleanor Farjeon) performed by Aled Jones from ‘One Voice: Believe’ (2017) and 'Blessed Thomas, doubt no longer' (G.B. Timms) performed by York Minster Choir from ‘Complete New English Hymnal Vol. 1’ (2001). Including my reflection for the day 'A day to give thanks for the questioners', also available with all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
26:36
April 08, 2021
There will be a day of resurrection
A reflection for Easter Day 2021. The resurrection of Jesus introduces into the world a new power which opens for us the possibility to imagine new ways, a new life, for ourselves and the world. 'There will be a day of resurrection' is a vision reimagining North West England from the vantage point of Ingleborough's peak. My reworking of 'The Prophet's Speech', in ‘Words From The Late Late Service’, Glasgow 1993 (author uncredited, likely Doug Gay or Andy Thornton). Words: https://johndavies.typepad.com/blog/2021/03/there-will-be-a-day-of-resurrection.html.
03:18
April 01, 2021
Sunday 4 April 2021 - Prayers and Readings
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: 4 April 2021, Easter Day. Featuring 'Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son' (Edmond Budry), performed by the Daily Service Singers from The Best Hymns Album In the World… Ever! (2010), and 'The day of resurrection!' (St. John of Damascus, translator: J. M. Neale), performed by Saint Michael's Singers, Coventry Cathedral from Christ Triumphant (2008). Including my reflection for the day 'There will be a day of resurrection', also available with all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
19:28
April 01, 2021
He put on a panto for Pilate
Palm Sunday is perhaps Jesus’ finest moment of comic genius. It is pure political pantomime, in which Jesus on his donkey poked fun at the pomp of Pilate who was entering Jerusalem himself that same day in all the ostentation of a full military ceremony. Jesus’ burlesque backstreet performance made a very clear statement about his very different take on power and leadership. It’s joyful to see how the spirit of Palm Sunday is alive and well today.... A talk for Palm Sunday, 28 March 2021. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
07:47
March 25, 2021
Sunday 28 March 2021 - Prayers and Readings
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: 28 March 2021, Palm Sunday. Featuring 'Ride on, ride on in majesty!' (Henry Hart Milman, 1827) performed by Harry Secombe from the collection ‘Titanium Hits’, 2014, and 'The King of glory comes' (Willard F. Jabusch, 1966) written to correspond to PROMISED ONE, an Israeli folk tune, performed by OCP Session Choir from the collection ‘Journeysongs Third Edition: Volume 15’ (2012). Including my talk for the day, "He put on a panto for Pilate”, available with all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
22:47
March 25, 2021
"I will draw all people to myself”
Jesus is teaching how the cross heralds the judgement of the world. At Calvary, the light of the crucified Christ shines brightly on the powers of darkness in the world. This event opens the eyes of more and more people to see the weakness and emptiness of evil in comparison to the strength and completeness of good, and in this way the Crucified One gradually draws all of humanity to himself. As Rudolf Schnackenburg put it, at Calvary, "The ruler of the world encounters the final rejection, loses his sphere of influence, becomes powerless - over those who look up in faith to the crucified Jesus and let themselves be 'drawn' to him.” A talk for The Fifth Sunday of Lent, 21 March 2021. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
07:40
March 18, 2021
Sunday 21 March 2021 - Prayers and Readings
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: 21 March 2021, The Fifth Sunday of Lent. Featuring 'Lord of the Dance' (Sydney Carter © 1963 Stainer & Bell). Performed by Shusha, Maddy Prior, Melanie Harrold, John Kirkpatrick, Robert Johnson, Sydney Carter in the collection ‘Lovely In The Dances: Songs Of Sydney Carter’, 1981, and 'When Christ was lifted from the earth' (Brian A. Wren, 2003), performed by song leaders from Granite Bay and Sacramento Central Seventh-Day Adventist Churches,from their online collection ‘Daily Hymns’: https://youtu.be/gkxkF6Hf9Kk. Including my talk for the day, "I will draw all people to myself”, available with all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
23:55
March 18, 2021
Sunday 14 March 2021 - Prayers and Readings
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: 14 March 2021, Mothering Sunday (The Fourth Sunday of Lent). Featuring 'Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord!' (Timothy Dudley-Smith, 1962) Performed by Huddersfield Choral Society & Joseph Cullen from the collection The Hymns Album (2006), and 'God of Eve and God of Mary (Fred Kaan 1989) Performed by OCP Session Choir from their  collection Journeysongs Third Edition: Volume 9 (2012). Including 'A Pause to Remember Our Mothers'.
19:18
March 11, 2021
Anger fuelling hope for redemption: Jesus in The Temple
The cartoonist Michael Leunig notices it: that in this day and age it seems like ‘Everyone is offended. Everyone is irritable, disagreeable, cranky and nervous. Everybody is jumping at shadows, jumping at conclusions. Everyone is in a bad mood.’ What do we do with our anger? Need it always be destructive? The force of moral outrage which drove Jesus to expel the moneychangers from The Temple has propelled many other protests for just causes over the centuries. Sometimes our anger just needs healing and forgiveness. At other times our anger can fuel hope; our anger can bring about redemption. A talk for The Third Sunday of Lent, 4 March 2021. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
09:01
March 03, 2021
Sunday 4 March 2021 - Prayers and Readings
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: 4 March 2021, The Third Sunday of Lent. Featuring 'Jesus shall reign where’er the sun' (Isaac Watts, Music: John Warrington Hatton), performed by The Coventry Singers from the collection ‘The Hymn Writers: Isaac Watts’ (2013), and 'Inspired by love and anger' (Words: John L. Bell and Graham Maule, Tune: Salley Gardens, Irish trad.) © WGRG, The Iona Community. Performed by the Wild Goose Worship Group from the collection ‘Love and Anger’ (1998). Including my talk for the day, 'Anger fuelling hope for redemtion: Jesus in The Temple', available with all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
25:40
March 03, 2021
Suffering Jesus, the resistant Messiah
Have you ever noticed how in the gospels the only people who called Jesus the Messiah were devils? You’d think we’d have given up on messiahs by now. For they always fail us. But we do persist in looking to these people to save us. How “the offence of the cross” resources our resistance to the Messiah complex. A talk for The Second Sunday of Lent, 28 February 2021. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
08:23
February 25, 2021
Sunday 28 February 2021 - Prayers and Readings
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: 28 February 2021, The Second Sunday of Lent. Featuring 'The God of Abraham praise' (Daniel ben Judah, Thomas Olivers, John Wesley),performed by The Choir of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, July 2020 (sourced from https://youtu.be/_k0WbiQXiHw), and 'Take up your cross' Written and performed by John Michael Talbot from the album ‘Heart Of The Shepherd’ (1987). Including my talk for the day, 'Suffering Jesus, the resistant Messiah', available with all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
26:15
February 25, 2021
Jesus: alone
"... This has been our wilderness year - and as we now approach the second year of this pandemic we also enter Lent. In this time, let not the Satan lead us into temptation, let us not be paralysed by fear of the wild place we find ourselves in. Rather, let us keep watch and every day ask, Where is the Spirit who can drive us through? Where are the angels who will attend us?" A talk for The First Sunday of Lent, 21 February 2021. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
07:56
February 18, 2021
Sunday 21 February 2021 - Prayers and Readings
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: 21 February 2021, The First Sunday of Lent. Featuring 'Forty Days and Forty Nights' (George H Smyttan), performed by Sam, Sara & Ella Hargreaves for engageworship © Jubilate Hymns Ltd, and 'The light of Christ has come into the world' by Donald Fishel © 1974 International Liturgy Publications, performed by Divine Hymns  (sourced from youtu.be/6FqdoUR0-jY?t=4). Including my talk for the day, 'Jesus: alone', available with all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
23:37
February 18, 2021
Sunday 14 February 2021 - Prayers and Readings
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: 14 February 2021, The Sunday Next Before Lent. Featuring 'The light of Christ has come into the world' by Donald Fishel © 1974 International Liturgy Publications, performed by Divine Hymns  (sourced from youtu.be/6FqdoUR0-jY?t=4) and 'Be Thou My Vision, O Lord of my heart' Text Irish (8th C.) tr. Mary E. Byrne 1905, Elizabeth Hull’s Poem Book of the Gael, 1912 alt. text. Music trad. arrangement b McLeish, Boyce & Stanley Copyright © 2007 CJM MUSIC. Performed by Boyce & Stanley from the collection ‘Age to Age - Songs for a Pilgrim People’ (2007) Including my presentation, 'How do you see Jesus?', a visual reflection on the face of Christ available with all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
21:58
February 11, 2021
Rebirth and reconciliation: Creation starts with Christ
It’s good to stop and think about the story of creation from time to time, because our life story is part of the life story of creation itself. Yes, wake up to this wonderful notion - that your humble life story is an integral and essential part of the life story of creation which we comprehend through the Word of God in the bible and the life of Jesus Christ. Paul in the Colossians asserts that as Christians our creation story begins not with that formless void and darkness over the deep; rather, Paul teaches that for us, creation begins with the resurrection of Jesus Christ. A talk for The Second Sunday Before Lent, 7 February 2021. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
08:32
February 03, 2021
Sunday 7 February 2021 - Prayers and Reflections
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: 7 February 2021, The Second Sunday Before Lent. Featuring 'O praise ye the Lord! Praise him in the height' (H. W. Baker, C. Hubert H. Parry) performed by Christopher Stokes, Huddersfield Choral Society & Gregory Batsleer from the collection ‘The Hymns Album, Vol. 2’ (2019); 'Praise be to Christ in whom we see the image of the Father shown' (Timothy Dudley-Smith, based on Colossians 1.15-20) performed by The Guitar Heroes and Festival Singers of St. Simon's Anglican Church, Oakville. Evensong, January 28th, 2018 (https://youtu.be/yGWINaE3qyo); and 'Praise the Lord: ye heavens, adore Him' (Anonymous, 1796) performed by The Jubilate Singers from the collection ‘Just a Closer Walk with Thee’ (2014). Including my talk for the day, 'Rebirth and reconciliation: Creation starts with Christ', also available here as a stand-alone podcast.
25:50
February 03, 2021
Fresh imaginings: giving thanks for what God does offstage
... We give thanks for those things which God does offstage. The almost unnoticed intrusions into our daily lives, which we may realise in time, change everything. And we give thanks for those eccentric and stubborn enough to hold on to their hopes in a world which has forgotten how to imagine a different future.  We give thanks for the old ones who stubbornly insist that despite all evidence to the contrary, God is coming to make things well again… and so spend their days in faithful prayer. And we give thanks for the young ones who, despite living in a world whose future seems to have been cancelled, a world of extinguished dreams, nevertheless insist on bringing their newborns to their Temples as a sign of hope in the persistence of God. ... A talk for The Presentation of Christ in the Temple,  Sunday 31 January 2021. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
07:16
January 28, 2021
Sunday 31 January 2021 - Prayers and Reflections
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: 31 January 2021, The Presentation of Christ in the Temple. Featuring 'Like a candle flame' (Graham Kendrick) Performed by Graham Kendrick from the collection ‘The Gift (Make Way for Christmas)’ (1988), and Christ, be our light! ( Bernadette Farrell) Performed by Bernadette Farrell, Frank Brownstead and the Frank Brownstead Choir from the collection ‘Christ, Be Our Light’ (1994). Including my talk for the day, 'Fresh imaginings: giving thanks for what God does offstage', also available here as a stand-alone podcast.
26:06
January 28, 2021
What happens when our wine runs out?
What happens when we notice that our wine is running out? When, with our glasses quarter-full, we find ourselves shaking the last drops from our bottles, looking around for fresh supplies but seeing only other glasses emptying, every other bottle being drained? And it dawning on us that there is no more wine to be found….? A metaphor for us, ageing, for our religion, failing, or our world, hitting the limits of our excessive consumption? And Jesus not rejecting the old ways but filling them with something new... That's what can happen when our wine runs out... A talk for The Third Sunday of Epiphany,  Sunday 24 January 2021. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
06:46
January 21, 2021
Sunday 24 January 2021 - Prayers and Reflections
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: 24 January 2021, The Third Sunday of Epiphany. Featuring 'The King of Love my Shepherd is' (Henry Williams Baker, John Bacchus Dykes) performed by Utah State University Chorale, Cory Evans, Ellie Evans, Amelia Merkley & Jeremy Adriano (single, 2019), and 'As man and woman we were made' (Brian Wren) performed by Wendy McLean from the collection ‘Sing Together Alleluia’, 2004. Including my talk for the day, 'What happens when our wine runs out?', also available here as a stand-alone podcast.
22:18
January 21, 2021
"Follow me" ... "Come and See"
‘Follow me’, says Jesus. ‘Come and see’, say his followers to their friends. That’s the way the Christian faith grows. And, if you look deep into the well of your own faith you may be able to identify who it was who first invited you to ‘Come and see’; and you may be able to recall a moment or moments in your life when you heard Jesus saying ‘Follow me’. ... Who is it that we follow? What are we inviting people to open their eyes to when we tell them, ‘Come and see’?  A talk for The Second Sunday of Epiphany,  Sunday 17 January 2021. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
07:14
January 15, 2021
Sunday 17 January 2021 - Prayers and Reflections
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: 17 January 2021, The Second Sunday of Epiphany. Featuring 'A Touching Place' and 'The Summons (Will You Come and Follow Me)' both by John L. Bell and Graham Maule of the Iona Community Wild Goose Worship Group, performed by John L. Bell & The Cathedral Singers from the collection 'God Never Sleeps'. Including my talk for the day, "'Follow Me' ... 'Come and See'", also available here as a stand-alone podcast.
24:41
January 15, 2021
Sunday 10 January 2021 - Prayers and Reflections
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: 10 January 2021, The Baptism of Christ. Featuring 'I heard the voice of Jesus Say' (Horatius Bonar) performed by Kathryn Crosweller from her collection 'How Deep the Father's Love for Us' and 'How Firm a Foundation' (Robert Keen) performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band from their collection 'Sing Lustily & With Good Courage'. Including my talk for the day, 'We draw from deep wells (Come on, Marine!)', also available here as a stand-alone podcast.
25:24
January 07, 2021
We draw from deep wells (Come on, Marine!)
An extraordinary FA Cup tie - between the team I supported from childhood, non-league Marine, and the mighty glamorous Tottenham Hotspur, prompts this reflection on the 'deep wells' from which we can draw - and in particular the 'deep wells' of our faith tradition from which the baptised can draw to sustain us in challenging times. A talk for The Baptism of Christ,  Sunday 10 January 2021. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
08:07
January 07, 2021
Singing new songs at the king's court
"It feels like the last days of Herod over again. Even down to the greatest threat to the kingdom coming in the form of the smallest, most vulnerable child. Greta Thunberg, who turns 18 years old today, once said of her diagnosis with Asperger's syndrome, OCD and selective mutism, 'That basically means I only speak when I think it's necessary. Now is one of those moments.’ I am so grateful to her for giving up the security of an ordered childhood to expose herself to a disarranged world for the sake of urging our leaders into action." In the last days of Herod's failing kingdom, the magi risked giving up their security and position to protect the newborn Christ-child. Now in what look to be the last days of our own world-system, we celebrate those who give up so much in the cause of the earth and of human goodwill.  A talk for The Epiphany,  Sunday 3 January 2021. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
08:48
December 31, 2020
Sunday 3 January 2021 - Prayers and Reflections
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: 3 January 2021, The Epiphany. Featuring 'We Three Kings of Orient Are', 'In Dulci Jubilo' and 'In the Bleak Midwinter' - each performed by  The English Chorale from their album 'Christmas Carols' (2011) Including my talk for the day, 'Singing new songs at the king's court', also available here as a stand-alone podcast.
27:52
December 31, 2020
All Creation is made for praise
It’s not just we humans who are made to praise. In God’s great Universe it’s never just about us. Truth is that all Creation is made for praise. From the heavens with their angels, the sun, moon and shining stars, to all the creatures of land, sea and sky, and people of all classes and all ages. Praising the Creator: this is the common task of all Creation, the vocation of every living being together. If our empires are set on a way which squeezes the earth until it expires, our faith is in one whose Spirit restores breath to dying lungs - and with whose help we may hear the forests sing again.  A talk for The First Sunday of Christmas, 27 December 2020. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
07:29
December 24, 2020
Christmas: God Unmasked
Christmas is God Unmasked. A talk for Christmas 2020. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
06:39
December 24, 2020
27 December 2020 - Prayers and Reflections
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: The First Sunday after Christmas, 27 December 2020. Featuring 'Of the Father's Love Begotten' (Aurelius Clemens Prudentius; Translators: H. W. Baker, J. M. Neale) performed by John Michael Talbot from the album 'The Birth of Jesus: A Celebration of Christmas', 'It Came Upon the Midnight Clear' (Traditional) performed by Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band from the album 'A Tapestry of Carols', and 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing' (Felix Mendelssohn) performed by Katherine Jenkins, Plácido Domingo, Sally Herbert & Nathan Pacheco from the album 'This is Christmas' Including my talk, 'All Creation is made for praise', also available here as a stand-alone podcast.
23:02
December 24, 2020
Christmas 2020 - Prayers and Reflections
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: Christmas 2020. Featuring 'O Holy Night' (Adolphe Charles Adam) performed by John Williams from the album 'Home Alone (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [25th Anniversary Edition]', 'The First Noel' (Traditional) performed by Camilla Kerslake from the album 'Camilla Kerslake', and 'O Come, All Ye Faithful' (Traditional) performed by Aled Jones from 'The Christmas Album'. Including my talk, 'Christmas: God Unmasked', also available here as a stand-alone podcast.
25:39
December 24, 2020
A Christmas Celebration
A Christmas Celebration 2020 - readings, prayers and music as presented in the churches of Clapham, Keasden, Austwick and Eldroth Including: Come and join the celebration (Collison Valerie) Christmas Children's Choir: Christmas Classics For Children O come, O come, Emmanuel (Veni, veni, Emmanuel, translated John Mason Neale) The Cathedral Singers & John Bell: God Comes Tomorrow Reading 1: The Birth of Jesus Foretold Luke 1.26-38 The holly and the ivy (English traditional carol) Kate Rusby: Sweet Bells Reading 2: The Birth of Jesus Luke 2.1-7 O little town of Bethlehem (Phillips Brooks) The Choirboys: The Carols Album The House of Christmas - G.K. Chesterton Reading 3: The Shepherds and the Angels Luke 2.8-20 Angels from the realms of glory (James Montgomery) The Sixteen & Harry Christophers: A Traditional Christmas Carol Collection from The Sixteen Reading 4: The Visit of the Wise Men Matthew 2.1-12 As with gladness men of old (William Chatterton Dix) The Sixteen & Harry Christophers: A Traditional Christmas Carol Collection from The Sixteen Reading 5: Jesus Is Presented in the Temple Luke 2.21-38 On Christmas night all Christians sing (Sussex Carol, traditional, attributed to Luke Wadding) Katie McMahon: Christmas Angels In Memoriam (Ring out, wild bells) - Alfred Lord Tennyson O come all ye faithful (traditional, original Latin: Adeste Fideles) Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Simon Preston & Sir David Willcocks: Essential Carols - The Very Best of King's College, Cambridge God rest ye merry gentlemen (English traditional carol) Ivan Parker: Christmas Dreaming
46:55
December 11, 2020
Voices in the wilderness of today
Those voices who cry in the wilderness, by definition often don’t get heard. But in this hard year which our whole world has been enduring, one redeeming thing is that there were moments when we paid attention to the voices crying in the wilderness of our times.  A talk for The Second Sunday of Advent, 6 December 2020. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
08:27
December 03, 2020
Sunday 6 December 2020 - Prayers and Reflections
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: Sunday 6 December 2020, The Second Sunday of Advent. Featuring 'O Come, O Come, Emmanuel' (Traditional) performed by Aled Jones from the collection 'The Christmas Album' and 'Hail to the Lord’s Anointed!' (Traditional) performed by Choir of Clare College, Cambridge & Graham Ross from the collection 'Mater ora filium: Music for Epiphany (Bonus Track Version)'.
23:19
December 03, 2020
Sunday 29 November 2020 - Prayers and Reflections
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: Sunday 29 November 2020, Advent Sunday. Featuring 'Spirit of God, Unseen as the Wind' (A.D. Miller, Richard M.S. Irwin & Traditional) performed by A.D. Miller, Commotio Chamber Choir & Griselda Sherlaw-Johnson (feat. Bernard West) from the collection 'The Oxford Book of Easy Flexible Anthems' and 'Do Not Be Afraid' (Gerald Markland)' performed by Kathryn Crossweller from the collection 'How Deep the Father's Love for Us'.
14:23
November 12, 2020
Sunday 22 November 2020 - Prayers and Reflections
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: Sunday 22 November 2020, Christ the King. Featuring 'Spirit of the Living God' (Daniel Iveson) performed by The Arundel & Brighton Diocesan & Anne Ward from the collection 'Turn to Me / Kindle a Flame'.
14:16
November 12, 2020
Sunday 15 November 2020 - Prayers and Reflections
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: Sunday 15 November 2020, The Second Sunday before Advent. Featuring 'Bless the Lord, My Soul' (Jacques Berthier & Traditional) from Taizé, 'Laudate Omnes Gentes' and 'Amazing Grace' (John Newton) performed by Susan Boyle from the collection 'I Dreamed a Dream'. Including my talk for the day, '“You’re fired!” The Ruthless Businessman: a parable about leadership', also available here as a stand-alone podcast.
25:35
November 12, 2020
“You’re fired!” The Ruthless Businessman: a parable about leadership
If the Parable of the Talents is being Jesus’ version of The Apprentice for a first-century audience. It’s an initiative test given to young business hopefuls, to see what they can do with the resources entrusted to them. It’s a tough test, and the man in charge is the hardest sort of boss imaginable. You can easily see the Alan Sugar or the Donald Trump in him. This Parable of the Ruthless Businessman is very uncomfortable reading for those who want to draw parallels between the businessman and God, as many do. But what if Jesus intended it to be received as a parable about leadership, a story which is in the bible to help us contemplate the nature of leadership today? A talk for The Second Sunday before Advent, 15 November 2020. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
08:04
November 11, 2020
Being vigilant for wisdom: the practice of ‘Standing To’
In the trenches of the Western Front, at dawn each day everyone was put on high alert, in total vigilance, in a daily ritual called ‘Stand To’. As the sun was rising, every man had to turn out and stand on the ‘firestep' of the trench with guns and grenades at the ready, in case the Germans, masked by the rising sun in the east, should choose that moment to launch an attack. It was the most nerve-shredding time of day. Our Judaeo-Christian scriptures  elevate the need for us to be alert. How can we practice alertness to the dangers of our moral universe, to the forces that would harm us and others?  A talk for Remembrance Sunday 8 November 2020. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
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November 05, 2020
Sunday 8 November 2020 - Prayers and Reflections
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: Sunday 8 November 2020, Remembrance Sunday. Featuring a recording of Laurence Binyon. Recording of Binyon reading his poem 'For the Fallen' from the album Artists Rifles 1914-1918: Poetry, Prose & Music Of The First World War CD audiobook (CD41-008); 'Abide with Me' (Henry Francis Lyte (1861). Melody: "Eventide" by William Henry Monk) performed by Aled Jones from 'You Raise Me Up - The Best of Aled Jones'; and 'Dear Lord and Father of mankind' (John Greenleaf Whittier) performed by BBC Radio 4 Daily Service Singers, from 'The Daily Service - the Nation's 20 Favourite Hymns'. Including my talk for the day, 'Being vigilant for wisdom: the practice of ‘Standing To’', also available here as a stand-alone podcast. 
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November 05, 2020
PLAYLIST - Singing through the struggles, praising through the pan(dem)ic: this is the way of The Saints
Songs referenced in or inspired by my talk Singing through the struggles, praising through the pan(dem)ic: this is the way of The Saints, 1 November 2020. 1. Bessie Smith, ‘Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out’ 2. Nathan Lay, 'Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag, and Smile, Smile, Smile' 3. The Dixie Hummingbirds, 'Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen' 4. The Four Tops, '(Reach Out) I’ll be there' 5. Billy Bragg, 'Levi Stubbs' Tears' 6. Manchester Arena St Anne’s Square crowd, 25 May 2017 singing Oasis, 'Don’t look back in anger' 7. Peter Amidon, 'Beatitudes' 8. Audrey Assad, 'How Can I Keep from Singing'
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October 29, 2020
Singing through the struggles, praising through the pan(dem)ic: this is the way of The Saints
From Bessie Smith's ‘Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out’ through 'Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag', to 'Levi Stubbs' Tears' and the Book of Revelation's liturgical songs - music works like prayers, and those who sing  find their hearts lifted from a world of pain to a world of hope, drawn out from the darkness of their day towards a place of light. Suffering seems beyond any form of explanation or reasoning. But the The Saints are those who keep singing on through the struggles; today’s Saints are those who keep praising through the pandemic. A talk for All Saints Day, 1 November 2020. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
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October 29, 2020
Sunday 1 November 2020: Prayers and Reflections
From Revd John Davies, vicar of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: Sunday 1 November 2020, All Saints Day. Featuring 'For All the Saints Who From their Labours Rest' (Ralph Vaughan-Williams) performed by the Choir of Trinity College, University of Melbourne, Australian Chamber Brass Ensemble, Michael Leighton Jones & Jonathan Bradley from ’50 Best-Loved Hymns’ (2012); 'Beatitudes' arranged and performed by Peter Amidon from 'Beatitudes-Amidon Choral Arrangements', and 'How can I keep from singing?' attributed to Robert Lowry (1869), performed by Audrey Assad from  ‘Inheritance’ (2016). Including my talk for the day, 'Singing through the struggles, praising through the pan(dem)ic: this is the way of The Saints', also available here as a stand-alone podcast.
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October 29, 2020
Sunday 25 October 2020: Prayers and Reflections
From Revd John Davies, priest in charge of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: Sunday 25 October 2020, The Last Sunday after Trinity. Featuring 'Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty' (Reginald Heber) performed by The Choir of Norwich Cathedral & Neil Taylor from their collection '23 Favourite Hymns', and 'Where Charity and Love Prevail' (Ubi Caritas, tr. Omer Westendorf) performed by WLP Choir in the collection ‘Catholic Treasures III: Classic Hymns and Songs’. Including my talk for the day, 'How do you love people?', also available here as a stand-alone podcast.
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October 27, 2020
How do you love people?
Jesus' two commandments - to love God and our neighbours - are at the heart of our Christian living. But how do we love people? In what ways can and do we express that love? A talk for the Last Sunday after Trinity, 25 October 2020. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
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October 22, 2020
Red Letter Christians in a World feeling Blue
If you’re tired of all the troubling news in the world, weary of the posturing of pompous politicians, wound up by the rants and chants of protesters, fed up of the chatter of TV news and the dark provocations of social media memes, rejoice, for here’s some good news - Jesus really wasn’t at all interested in politics; he did all he could to avoid taking sides in those sorts of arguments. Imagine the joy of being free from letting other people’s attitudes wind us up; imagine being so full of God’s grace that we’re really not bothered by the twists and turns and posturing of those who are so keen to have our attention and our support.... A talk for the Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity, 18 October 2020. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
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October 17, 2020
Sunday 18 October 2020: Prayers and Reflections
From Revd John Davies, priest in charge of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: Sunday 18 October 2020, The Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity. Featuring two songs by the Iona Community's Wild Goose Collective from their 2020 collection, 'This is God's World': 'All People Living on the Earth' (Paraphrase of Psalm 100 and arrangement: John L. Bell, melody: Swee Hong Lim) and 'Canticle of the Turning' (A paraphrase of Luke 1, Magnificat, adapted and arranged by Rory Cooney) Including my talk for the day, 'Red Letter Christians in a World feeling Blue', also available here as a stand-alone podcast.
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October 17, 2020
The Church is the party no-one wants to come to: a lament
Imagine holding a party which no-one wants to come to.... like the king’s wedding banquet in the parable of Jesus which the people resisted so strongly because this king is a despot whose subjects are starting to resist. He’s losing his authority.  Following  the publication this week of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in the Anglican Church in England and Wales, which said the church had protected its own reputation above its “explicit moral purpose”, I suggest that the church is a party which no-one wants to come to, having lost all moral authority. Is there hope? How can we rebuild trust? A talk for the Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity, 11 October 2020. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
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October 10, 2020
Sunday 11 October 2020: Prayers and reflections
From Revd John Davies, priest in charge of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: Sunday 11 October 2020, The Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity.  Featuring 'Be still, for the presence of the Lord' (David J Evans) performed by Kathryn Crosweller from the album 'Can You Hear My Heart?', 'Psalm 23' arranged and performed by Roland Fudge with soloist Grace Guthrie, and 'Make Me a Channel of Your Peace' (St Francis; Johann Sebastian von Tempelhoff) performed by Katherine Jenkins from the album 'Guiding Light'. Including my talk for the day, 'The Church is the party no-one wants to come to: a lament', also available here as a stand-alone podcast. 
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October 10, 2020
When we put property before providence: a parable of violence in the vineyard
The parable of the tenants and the vineyard owner (Matthew 21.33-46)  is a parable about a dispute over property and land. What might our world look like if we lost our desire to possess and protect our own property, how would life be if we stopped building walls to exclude and control others, and learned to live together with others peaceably? How are we, individuals and communities, using our properties to serve the purposes of our God? If the gospel of Jesus works itself out through people building a common life together, what could we do to encourage and shape that today? A talk for the Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity, 4 October 2020. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
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October 01, 2020
Sunday 4 October 2020: Prayers and reflections
From Revd John Davies, priest in charge of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: Sunday 4 October 2020, The Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity. Featuring 'There's a quiet understanding' (Tedd Smith) performed by Lisbé Visser from the album 'Uit Genade', and 'How deep the Father's love for us' (Stuart Townend) performed by Kathryn Crosweller from the album 'How deep the Father's love for us'. Including my talk for the day, 'When we put property before providence: a parable of violence in the vineyard', also available here as a stand-alone podcast.
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October 01, 2020
Sunday 27 September 2020: Prayers and reflections for Harvest
From Revd John Davies, priest in charge of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: Sunday 27 September 2020, The Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity. This is a Harvest Festival service on the theme of 'Jubilee'. Featuring the Laestadian Lutheran Church performing 'Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation', 'I'm amazed at God's Creation' and 'We plow the fields and scatter', from the collection 'The Fields with Music Flooding'; and 'Fill Your Hearts With Joy and Gladness' (Timothy Dudley-Smith) performed by Sarah Quartel, Commotio Chamber Choir, Timothy Dudley-Smith & Griselda Sherlaw-Johnson from the album 'The Oxford Book of Easy Flexible Anthems'. Readings by Diana Davies.
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September 23, 2020
Sep 25, 2020 - Harvest Supper Blessing
Thank you for joining in the Austwick Harvest Takeaway Supper - I hope you enjoy it! This is a short 'grace' to start the meal.
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September 23, 2020
Good news? The least deserving get the best reward
Ours is a society which judges some people as being undeserving: these homeless ones, they must have brought it on themselves, why should we house them? These unemployed, how much tax have they paid, and do they deserve to benefit? But in God’s economy where there is absolute gain for all.  We must reflect on these things in the knowledge of this week’s news reports that if coronavirus job and income support schemes are wound down this autumn then twice as many people will become destitute by Christmas, in other words, unable to meet their basic needs for food, shelter or clothing. What does this say to us, we who seek to walk with Jesus’ and follow his teaching? What might it provoke us to do in response? Are you envious because God is generous? Or are you inspired by the thought that there is room at his table for us all? A talk for the Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity, 20 September 2020. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
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September 16, 2020
Sunday 20 September 2020: Prayers and reflections
From Revd John Davies, priest in charge of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: Sunday 20 September 2020, The Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity. Featuring 'How Great Thou Art' (Traditional) performed by Aled Jones, Russell Watson, Iain Brandram-Adams, Tomas Hurnik, John Robinson, Tom Rainey, Ross Radford, Anthony Ferner, Millie Jackson, Alice Yang, Ian Tilley, Jenny Johnson, Cam Lee, Boris Campbell, Thomas Eves, Iselte Allison, Pippa Mills, Sharon Baylis from the album 'In Harmony', and 'In Heavenly Love Abiding' (Anna Letitia Waring‎) performed by The Jubilee Choir from the album 'You'll Never Walk Alone'. Including my talk for the day, 'Good news? The least deserving get the best reward', also available here as a stand-alone podcast.
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September 16, 2020
Reprieved debtor, ruthless creditor: a tale of forgiveness in finance
The parables of Jesus are practical tales drawn from everyday experiences. But we 'spiritualise' them. What if Jesus meant us to take his parables at face value so we can take direct lessons from them about our everyday behaviour towards others? What if Jesus' parable of the unforgiving servant is a morality tale about debt forgiveness, how we deal with those who owe us? A talk for the Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity, 13 September 2020. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
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September 12, 2020
Sunday 13 September 2020: Prayers and reflections
From Revd John Davies, priest in charge of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: Sunday 13 September 2020, The Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity. Featuring 'Spirit of the Living God' (Daniel Iveson) performed by The Arundel & Brighton Diocesan & Anne Ward from the album 'Turn to Me / Kindle a Flame', and 'Lord of all Hopefulness' (Jan Struther) performed by The Guildford Cathedral Choir from the album '100 Hits Christmas Carols & Hymns'. Including my talk for the day, 'Reprieved debtor, ruthless creditor: a tale of forgiveness in finance', also available here as a stand-alone podcast.
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September 10, 2020
Naive or emancipating? Jesus’ formula of 'forgiveness first'
The key element in Jesus’ attitude towards wrongdoers is this formula: first of all you are unconditionally forgiven, so that then, you may be moved to repent. A talk for the Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity, 6 September 2020.  Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
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September 03, 2020
Sunday 6 September 2020: Prayers and reflections
From Revd John Davies, priest in charge of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: Sunday 6 September 2020, The Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity. Featuring 'Spirit of God, unseen as the wind' (A.D. Miller, Richard M.S. Irwin & Traditional) performed by A.D. Miller, Commotio Chamber Choir & Griselda Sherlaw-Johnson from The Oxford Book of Easy Flexible Anthems, and 'Take My Life and Let It Be' (Henri A. Cesar Malan) performed by Baggaley Clifton Blythe & Adrian Plass from Shipwrecks and Islands. Including my talk for the day, Naive or emancipating? Jesus’ formula of 'forgiveness first', also available here as a stand-alone podcast.
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September 03, 2020
Sunday 30 August 2020: Prayers and reflections: A Service of Thanksgiving for the NHS and Carers
From Revd John Davies, priest in charge of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: Sunday 30 August 2020, The Twelfth Sunday after Trinity, and a special Service of Thanksgiving for the NHS and Carers.  Featuring 'In the morning, I will sing', written and performed by Marty Haugen from 'All Are Welcome', 'When I Needed a Neighbour (Instrumental Version)' (Sydney Carter) performed by John Keys from 'Junior Worship, Vol. 1 (Piano Accompaniments)', and 'Christ Be With Me (Prayer of St Patrick)' performed by Stuart Townend from 'Courage'.
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August 29, 2020
“Look to the rock from which you were hewn”
“Look to the rock from which you were hewn, the quarry from which you were dug.” - reflections on those places, people, pieces of music or artworks which give us our solid ground; and the rock of faith. A talk for the Eleventh Sunday after Trinity, 23 August 2020. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
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August 20, 2020
Sunday 23 August 2020: Prayers and reflections
From Revd John Davies, priest in charge of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: Sunday 23 August 2020, The Eleventh Sunday after Trinity. Featuring 'These hills where the hawk flies lonely' (Colin Gibson) performed by the Festival Choir, Wellington, and 'God is love, let heav'n adore him' (Timothy Rees) performed by Music Sacra, from  the collection 'Christian Hymns, Volume 3'. Including my talk for the day, “Look to the rock from which you were hewn”, also available here as a stand-alone podcast.
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August 20, 2020
Jesus is offensive - are you ready for a rude awakening?
You know, we live in an age of intemperate speech. I won’t list any examples, because you know: from presidents to people in the post office queue, folk can be very rude. Maybe someone’s been rude to you and it still rankles; or maybe you’ve said something hurtful which you now regret. So you’d expect me to preach a sermon saying, let’s show we follow Jesus by not talking intemperately, let’s share the love of God by not being rude to others. But hold on - what’s happening here? - in today’s gospel reading Jesus is very rude to people. The Pharisees - who took offence; and a Canaanite woman - who took all Jesus' rudeness on the chin, persevered, and was praised for her great faith. When Jesus 'pushes it' with us, how do we react? A talk for the Tenth Sunday after Trinity, 16 August 2020. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
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August 11, 2020
Sunday 16 August 2020: Prayers and reflections
From Revd John Davies, priest in charge of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: Sunday 16 August 2020, The Tenth Sunday after Trinity. Featuring 'Springs of Water, Bless the Lord' and 'The Hand of God Shall Hold You' both written and performed by Marty Haugen, from  the collection 'All are Welcome'. Including my talk for the day, 'Jesus is offensive - are you ready for a rude awakening?’, also available here as a stand-alone podcast.
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August 11, 2020
Jesus’ signature phrase for every anxious time: ‘Do not be afraid’
For so long we have been taught that Christianity is a journey towards an angry God who will judge us for our wrongdoings - that life is a pilgrimage of fear. But what we have here, in the gospel, is a different story altogether. Rather than us walking in trepidation towards that terrifying God, what we find is our Jesus walking towards us - who are terrified - to greet us with words of comfort and peace. ‘Do not be afraid’ is Jesus’ signature message. ‘Do not be afraid’ is the first thing he wants us to hear every morning; ‘Do not be afraid’ is what he whispers to us through every change and chance of life; ‘Do not be afraid’ is what he tells us in the eye of every storm.  A talk for the Ninth Sunday after Trinity, 9 August 2020. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
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August 05, 2020
Sunday 9 August 2020: Prayers and reflections
From Revd John Davies, priest in charge of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: Sunday 9 August 2020, The Ninth Sunday after Trinity. Featuring 'I heard the voice of Jesus say' (Horatius Bonar) and 'Do not be afraid' (Gerard Markland) both performed by Kathryn Crosweller from the collection 'How Deep the Father's Love for Us'. Including my talk for the day, Jesus’ signature phrase for every anxious time: ‘Do not be afraid’, also available here as a stand-alone podcast.
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August 05, 2020
You that have no money, come, buy and eat!” - God’s economy reorganises the world
“If you are thirsty, come to the waters; if you have no money, come, buy and eat!” Inspiring words - which make no sense to us, economically. For the way our world is organised means that those who have no money cannot buy and eat. But Isaiah’s wondrous hymn celebrates God’s economy, opening the door to a different way of organising our world. A talk for the Eighth Sunday after Trinity, 2 August 2020. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
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July 30, 2020
Sunday 2 August 2020: Prayers and reflections
From Revd John Davies, priest in charge of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: Sunday 2 August 2020, The Eighth Sunday after Trinity. Featuring 'O Lord All The World Belongs To You' (Patrick Appleford) from 'Divine Hymns: The Worship Collection Volume 9', and 'My Shepherd Will Supply My Need' (Isaac Watts) performed by Allyse Smith from 'Come Thou Fount'. Including my talk for the day, “You that have no money, come, buy and eat!” - God’s economy reorganises the world, also available here as a stand-alone podcast.
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July 30, 2020
Treasures old and new: my time capsule
If you were given an empty ‘time capsule’, what would you put in it? What of all those things and people you treasure would you want to preserve for a future generation to discover? What old things would you want to share with them? And what new things do you wish for, for those who will come after? What are your hopes and dreams for the coming generations? A talk for the Seventh Sunday after Trinity, 26 July 2020. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
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July 25, 2020
Sunday 26 July 2020: Prayers and reflections
From Revd John Davies, priest in charge of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: Sunday 26 July 2020, The Seventh Sunday after Trinity. Featuring 'We Love the Place O God' (William Bullock) performed by The Scottish Festival Singers from '90 Favorite Hymns', and 'May the mind of Christ my Saviour' (Kate B. Wilkinson) performed by Meindert W. Kramer from 'Koor en Samenzand uit Urk'. Including my talk for the day, Treasures old and new: my time capsule, also available here as a stand-alone podcast.
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July 25, 2020
Breaking news: there will be no apocalyptic harvest
One strange twist can completely subvert the stories we live by. Consider our response to the government's nbarrative "Stay home - Save lives" either side of the revelations about one man's trip to Barnard Castle. Similarly, when Jesus said “Let the wheat and the weeds grow together until the harvest” he did so to completely subvert the oldest story that “We are the wheat and these others, over there, they are the weeds - and for being weeds, we’re condemning them to hell”. This story is what holds groups of people together - we identify ourselves in opposition to others. “We are the upright ones because we’re not like those degenerate others.” Instead we discover in scripture a kind merciful God who rules the world in compassion and kindness, for his instinct is to spare all.... A talk for the Sixth Sunday after Trinity, 19 July 2020. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
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July 17, 2020
Sunday 19 July 2020: Prayers and reflections
From Revd John Davies, priest in charge of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: Sunday 19 July 2020, The Sixth Sunday after Trinity. Featuring 'Let us with a gladsome mind' (John Milton) performed by The Sign Posters from '20 Golden Songs of Praise', and 'There's a wideness in God's mercy' (Frederick William Faber) performed by Kate Higgins from 'The Solid Rock'. Including my talk for the day, Breaking news: there will be no apocalyptic harvest, also available here as a stand-alone podcast.
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July 17, 2020
At sea with the elemental Spirit of Christ
On Sea Sunday the Mission to Seafarers invites us to think of those who work out in the elements at sea, vulnerable to the weather, to international pirates, to maltreatment by their employers, to poverty, fatigue, homesickness and loneliness - all of this heightened at this time of the coronavirus. The parable of the Prodigal Sower invites us to consider another elemental force at work in the world: the Spirit of God, and the nature of his power - unlimited in generosity and love. A talk for the Fifth Sunday after Trinity, 12 July 2020, Sea Sunday. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
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July 09, 2020
Sunday 12 July 2020: Prayers and reflections
From Revd John Davies, priest in charge of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: Sunday 5 July 2020, The Fifth Sunday after Trinity: Sea Sunday. Featuring 'Christ Is the World's Light' (E.P. Green & R. Lloyd) performed by Bussemse Koorvereniging Pro Musica from the album 'Rejoice', and 'Lead Us, Heavenly Father Lead Us' (James Edmeston) performed by The Sign Posters from 'A Treasury of Hymns - Songs of Praise and Inspiration'. Including my talk for the day, At sea with the elemental Spirit of Christ, also available here as a stand-alone podcast.
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July 09, 2020
Come, all you weary and burdened, at a time of the Coronavirus
If you feel like you can’t do right for doing wrong, you are in good company. As a people for some weeks now we have been asked to carry the burden of this damned coronavirus on our own shoulders. We are commanded to ‘Control The Virus’ - as if we had the power - and abandoned to make our own choices as to what that means in practice. And so you are burdened, for if you stay indoors aren’t you failing to help get the economy moving again; but if you go out aren’t you risking infection and putting extra strain on our health services? If you meet with friends aren’t you putting them all at risk; but if you decline their invitation aren’t you being antisocial? What a bind we are in... what burdens we carry. How they weary us. In this, we are not alone.'. Jesus says, 'Come, all you weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.' A talk for the Fourth Sunday after Trinity, 5 July 2020. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
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July 02, 2020
Sunday 5 July 2020: Prayers and reflections
From Revd John Davies, priest in charge of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: Sunday 5 July 2020, The Fourth Sunday after Trinity. Featuring 'Lay Your Burden Down' performed by Chuck Girard, 'Let it Go'' performed by Gyan and Leunig, and 'Go Out With Joy / I Will Sing (Medley)' performed by Maranatha! Music. Including my talk for the day, Come, all you weary and burdened, at a time of the Coronavirus, also available here as a stand-alone podcast.
27:59
July 02, 2020
It’s time to get the water on
Jesus said, “Whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones - will be rewarded". Who are 'the little ones' in our community, society, our world? And how do we bring refreshment to them? A talk for the Third  Sunday after Trinity, 28 June 2020. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
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June 25, 2020
Sunday 28 June 2020: Prayers and reflections
From Revd John Davies, priest in charge of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: Sunday 28 June 2020, The Third Sunday after Trinity. Featuring prayers from The Trussell Trust, and two songs of Sydney Carter, 'Creator of the Living' performed by Franciscus Henri and  'I Come Like a Beggar' performed by Sydney Carter, Peter Knight & Vince Cross. Including my talk for the day, It’s time to get the water on, also available here as a stand-alone podcast.
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June 25, 2020
Lockdown relief - or losing life to find it
Amongst the many contradictions of life in lockdown there's the current paradox of the people's game restarting without any people watching. "I’m not looking forward to football again / Not missing the beautiful game / My team are unbeaten since I don’t know when / I’m glad to be free of the strain," writes footy poet Paul Cookson. This joyous release from the pressures of 'normal' life has been called 'lockdown relief', and it's one of the paradoxes explored today alongside the ultimate paradox in Jesus's teaching, 'those who lose their life for my sake will find it'. A talk for the Second Sunday after Trinity, 21 June 2020. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
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June 18, 2020
Sunday 21 June 2020: Prayers and reflections
From Revd John Davies, priest in charge of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: Sunday 21 June 2020, The Second Sunday after Trinity. Featuring 'Jesu, lover of my soul' performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band and  'Christ, be our light' by Bernadette Farrell.
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June 18, 2020
Compassion or condemnation: on crowds
"When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd." Crowds - we miss them (those we enjoy like the sports or the concert-hall crowds); or we fear or condemn them (usually those who aren't 'our' crowd). Jesus had compassion on them - what might that mean for us today? Whilst across the world crowds gather to protest fair treatment for black people, and women, or on pro-democracy rallies, a talk for the First Sunday after Trinity  14 June 2020. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
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June 11, 2020
Sunday 14 June 2020: Prayers and reflections
From Revd John Davies, priest in charge of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: Sunday 14 June 2020, The First Sunday after Trinity. Featuring 'Come to Jesus' performed by Mahalia Jackson,  'I know the Lord will make a way' by Clarence Fountain and the Blind Boys of Alabama, and brief extracts from 'People Get Ready' by The Impressions: all from the 2011 compilation Soul Church - 100 Sweet Soul Gospel Songs.
24:54
June 11, 2020
Protected in the company of the Three
We are living through anxious and lonely days: we may find some comfort and inspiration in the prayers of the ancient Celts of these islands, invoking God's protection whilst keenly aware of being in the company of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and all the saints; learning to be humble partners in the life of the earth. A talk for Trinity Sunday 7 June 2020. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
07:43
June 03, 2020
Sunday 7 June 2020: Prayers and reflections
From Revd John Davies, priest in charge of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: Sunday 7 June 2020, Trinity Sunday. Featuring 'I owe my Lord a morning song' (John L. Bell) performed by The Cathedral Singers of Chicago, and 'Christ Be With Me (Prayer of St Patrick)', by Stuart Townend.
22:47
June 03, 2020
Sunday 31 May 2020: Prayers and reflections
From Revd John Davies, priest in charge of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: Sunday 31 May 2020, Pentecost. Featuring 'Come Holy Ghost, Our Souls Inspire' performed by Lincoln Minster School Chamber Choir, and 'Bless the Lord, My Soul' from Taize.
22:28
May 28, 2020
There is a Spirit journeying through the nation. Let’s catch it
There is a Spirit spreading through the nation, bringing joy and inspiration to those who feel its power. This Spirit unites people; it is a Spirit of vision and dreams, for those it affects imagine audacious new possibilities for the world. In this talk for Pentecost Sunday 31 May 2020 I make connections between the spirit(s) of our times and the coming of God's Holy Spirit at Pentecost, and explore the spiritual disciplines which will help us sustain it. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
06:20
May 27, 2020
Presence in absence - absence in presence: Ascension in Zoom time
When somebody close to us leaves us, we are still keenly aware of their presence: a talk for Sunday 24 May 2020, the Sunday after Ascension Day, reflecting on how this theme of absence and presence connects the ascension with our experiences of disconnection and apartness in this time of the coronavirus. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
04:17
May 21, 2020
Sunday 24 May 2020: Prayers and reflections
From Revd John Davies, priest in charge of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: Sunday 24 May 2020, The Seventh Sunday of Easter, the Sunday after Ascension Day. Featuring 'Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise' performed by Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band, and 'The Summons' (John L. Bell and Graham Maule) performed by Robert Kochis.
22:30
May 21, 2020
Groping our way towards the unknown god
Who are the 'gods' of our age? Bupa and Lotto, Nike and Asda, Barclays and Goldman Sachs, Ant and Dec, Google and Zoom....? And who is the 'unknown god', who Paul described to the Athenians, and who we suspect is still around today? A talk for Sunday 17 May 2020, during the time of the coronavirus. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
06:53
May 14, 2020
Sunday 17 May 2020: Prayers and reflections
From Revd John Davies, priest in charge of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: Sunday 17 May 2020, The Sixth Sunday of Easter. Featuring 'Speak, O Lord' by Keith and Kristin Getty and 'Make me a channel of your peace' by Katherine Jenkins.
24:25
May 14, 2020
We don’t know where we’re going. How can we know the way?
What does it mean to 'walk the way of Jesus' in this time of such questioning and uncertainty? A talk for Sunday 10 May 2020, Christian Aid Sunday during the time of the coronavirus. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
04:38
May 09, 2020
Sunday 10 May 2020: Prayers and reflections
From Revd John Davies, priest in charge of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: Sunday 10 May 2020, The Fourth Sunday of Easter, Christian Aid Week Sunday. Featuring 'Across the lands' by Keith and Kristin Getty and 'I will walk in the presence of God' by Marty Haugen.
22:41
May 09, 2020
Scattered, but searching for each other: the flock community
A reflection on the shared life of Christians from the early disciples who 'had all things in common' through to contemporary intentional Christian communities, for Sunday 3 May 2020, during the time of the coronavirus. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
07:48
April 30, 2020
Sunday 3 May 2020: Prayers and reflections
From Revd John Davies, priest in charge of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: Sunday 3 May 2020, The Fourth Sunday of Easter. Featuring 'In Resurrectione Tua' from the Taize Community and 'The Lord's My Shepherd' by Joanne Hogg.
24:10
April 30, 2020
Although we may not know it, he walks beside us: applauding the unknown stranger
A reflection on the story of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, Luke 24.36-41, for Sunday 26 April 2020, during the time of the coronavirus. Find the text to this and all my talks at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.
05:23
April 25, 2020
Sunday 26 April 2020: Prayers and reflections
From Revd John Davies, priest in charge of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: Sunday 26 April 2020, The Third Sunday of Easter. Featuring two songs from the Iona Community's Wild Goose Worship Group, Easter Evening and When our Master Jesus went away..
19:07
April 23, 2020
Behind closed doors, birthing a living hope
A talk for The Second Sunday of Easter, 19 April 2020, in a time of the coronavirus.
04:01
April 18, 2020
Sunday 19 April 2020: Prayers and reflections
From Revd John Davies, priest in charge of Clapham with Keasden and Austwick with Eldroth in the Diocese of Leeds. Prayers and reflections from the Churches Weekly Newsletter in a time of the coronavirus: Sunday 19 April 2020, The Second Sunday of Easter. Featuring two songs from Marty Haugen, All are Welcome, 1995: Venite and The Hand of God Shall Hold You. Click here to download the Churches Weekly Newsletter and to link to the text of the talk Behind closed doors, birthing a living hope.
19:29
April 18, 2020
Through acts of collective will, we have created a new sort of world
Through acts of collective will, we have created a new sort of world. The coronavirus has opened up space for some positive changes in life. Why not push for more? Why not carry on?
03:46
April 16, 2020