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Reflections in Strange Times

Reflections in Strange Times

By Teddington Clergy
Teddington Clergy offer a Thought for the Day during the Coronavirus Crisis
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Rooted in love - Joe Moffatt
Joe suggests that the unseen growth of our spiritual roots during lockdown will result in more visible growth as restrictions are lifted.
February 24, 2021
Ash Wednesday - Bishop Martin Wharton
Bishop Martin reflects on Jesus' response to the woman caught in adultery (John 8.1-11) and how this connects with the themes of Ash Wednesday.
February 17, 2021
Preparing for Lent - Caroline Halmshaw
Preparing for Lent in these challenging times - Caroline Halmshaw
February 10, 2021
Candlemas hope - Rosamond McDowell
Seeing salvation in brief passing moments of glory
February 1, 2021
Holocaust Memorial Day - Joe Moffatt
Joe reflects on his visit to Auschwitz in 2017 and on the present genocide of the Uigur people.
January 27, 2021
The Conversion of St Paul - Joe Moffatt
Joe asks what kind of conversion did Paul experience. 
January 25, 2021
Lunchboxes - Bishop Martin Wharton
Bishop Martin reflects on the topic of free school meals, the feeding of the 5,000 and the virtue of generosity.
January 20, 2021
Heaven torn open- immersed in our world. Caroline Halmshaw.
Jesus’s Baptism in the season of Epiphamy.
January 13, 2021
By another road - Joe Moffatt
A reflection for the Feast of the Epiphany - Matthew 2.1-12
January 6, 2021
The journey of the Magi - Rosamond McDowell
A reflection on the Epiphany: what are you looking for, what star will you follow and what gifts will you bring?
January 5, 2021
What happened to the shepherds? - Bishop Martin Wharton
A sermon for the 1st Sunday after Christmas.
December 27, 2020
Christmas saves us - Caroline Halmshaw
A sermon for Midnight Mass
December 25, 2020
And the Word became flesh - Bishop Martin Wharton
A Christmas Day sermon
December 24, 2020
God touching us - Bishop Martin Wharton
Bishop Martin's Christmas message
December 21, 2020
Patience - Joe Moffatt
In fractious times we need the gift patience, as extolled in James 5.7-10
December 16, 2020
John the Baptist - Bishop Martin Wharton
Bishop Martin invites us to imagine ourselves as part of the crowd listening to John the Baptist as he appears in the wilderness (Luke chapter 3)
December 11, 2020
Gazing at the Crown of Jesus - Rosamond McDowell
What do Coronavirus and the Advent wreath have in common
December 9, 2020
Discovering God at work - Joe Moffatt
Joe reflects on Mark 13.24-end
December 2, 2020
Let's not flap - Joe Moffatt
Joe reflects on the uplifting prophetic message of Isaiah 40.27-31.
November 25, 2020
Learning to lose - Caroline Halmshaw
Reflection on how Jesus gave up everything for our redemption
November 18, 2020
Remember, remember, Bishop Martin Wharton
Bishop Martin’s reflection for a time of remembrance.
November 11, 2020
Generosity an antidote to worry - Caroline Halmshaw
A reflection for Harvest
October 4, 2020
Frustrations - Joe Moffatt
Sermon on Matthew 7. 24-37
September 9, 2020
The night is far spent and the day is at hand - Rosamond McDowell
How do we gird ourselves to fight the good fight?
September 7, 2020
Costly love - Caroline Halmshaw
The Martyrs of Papua New Guinea
September 2, 2020
The renewal of minds - Rosamond McDowell
How we can discern the will of God in small things
September 1, 2020
Following Jesus - Karen Wellman
Karen reflects on Matthew 16.21-end, the gospel reading for Sunday August 30.
August 29, 2020
Have you washed your hands? - Joe Moffatt
Sermon on Mark 7.1-23. Jesus encourages us to think more about the purity of our hearts than the cleanness of our hands
August 26, 2020
You are Peter and on this rock I will build my church - Rosamond McDowell
Rosamond considers Jesus’ mission for Peter that we all share
August 24, 2020
Cloud of glory and destruction - Bishop Martin Wharton
Reflections on the Transfiguration and in destruction.
August 21, 2020
It's not fair!
A reflection on Matthew 20:1-16 by Mary Hawes
August 19, 2020
Lightbulb moments
Mary Hawrs reflects on Jesus' encounter with the Canaanite woman
August 17, 2020
Judged by Love
A reflection by Bishop Martin Wharton
August 15, 2020
Jesus and the Canaanite woman.
From Revd Karen at St Mark's
August 13, 2020
Saying yes to God - Caroline Halmshaw
Celebrating the feast of the blessed Virgin Mary
August 12, 2020
A still small voice - Joe Moffatt
A sermon by Joe Moffatt on the importance of silent prayer, based on Elijah's experience in 1 Kings 19.9-18 and Jesus' example in Matthew 14.22-33.
August 10, 2020
We are the body of Christ - Rosamond McDowell
Rosamond considers our need to come back together to offer our liturgies - the work of the people
August 7, 2020
Changed from glory into glory
A refection for the Feast of the Transfiguration by Mary Hawes
August 5, 2020
Eat to live and live to eat - Caroline Halmshaw
A sermon by Caroline on Sunday August 2nd, based on Matthew 14.13-21, the Feeding of the 5,000.
August 3, 2020
Do try to be kind - Bishop Martin Wharton
Bishop Martin makes a distinction between being nice and being kind, suggesting that kindness reflects the nature of God.
July 31, 2020
Not forgetting the leftovers - Joe Moffatt
Joe's sermon on the Feeding of the 5,000 in John 6:1-14. He reflects on the theme of Gathering as well as Feeding.
July 29, 2020
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills - Rosamond McDowell
A reflection on the Songs of Ascents
July 24, 2020
Apostle among Apostles- Caroline Halmshaw
The Feast Day of Mary Magdalene
July 22, 2020
Statues, Statues, Statues - Bishop Martin Wharton
The boarding up of Churchill's statue leads Bishop Martin to reflect on some of the other statues around Parliament and Westminster.
July 20, 2020
A Complicated Life by Revd Karen from St Mark's
Holidays, wheat and tarres and CV 19
July 17, 2020
Consider the lilies - Rosamond McDowell
Is change always something to be feared?
July 13, 2020
Nello and Jeremiah - Bishop Martin Wharton
Bishop Martin reflects on the prophet Jeremiah and his exit strategy for a people experiencing a national crisis.
July 8, 2020
So much to be thankful for- Caroline Halmshaw
The 72 anniversary of the NHS
July 5, 2020
Risk and doubt - Karen Wellman
Karen makes connections between the story of St Thomas and the need to balance risks as we resume public worship.
July 3, 2020
In their shoes - Joe Moffatt
Joe talks about the spiritual practice of imagining ourselves in the gospel story and the ethical practice of imagining ourselves in the shoes of others.
July 1, 2020
Reframing regret and repentance - Rosamond McDowell
How our Christian faith gives us the chance for metanioa where regret is not enough.
June 29, 2020
Swing Low Sweet Chariot - Bishop Martin Wharton
Bishop Martin reflects on the recent controversy surrounding the singing of Swing Low Sweet Chariot
June 24, 2020
Anniversaries & Announcements - A kinder world - Caroline Halmshaw
A reflection on the anniversary of the death of Jo Cox
June 22, 2020
Bowels of the Church - Karen Wellman
Karen reflects on the emotions associated with church buildings.
June 19, 2020
Moments of great calm - Joe Moffatt
Joe reflects on the reopening of our church building for personal prayer and encourages the practice of silent contemplation.
June 17, 2020
A reflection on the book of Job - Rosamond McDowell
Why do bad things happen - does Job give us the answer?
June 15, 2020
Rest and re-creation - Mary Hawes
Mary reflects on the need to rest and be re-created in order to be fully alive.
June 12, 2020
I can't breathe - Bishop Martin Wharton
Bishop Martin reflects on the last words of George Floyd, words that echo the cries of oppressed people down the centuries, as well as Jesus himself.
June 10, 2020
Divine diversity - Caroline Halmshaw
A reflection on diversity and the trinity
June 8, 2020
Dancing the Christian Life - Karen Wellman
Karen reflects on her experience of circle dancing and how it provides not just a metaphor for the Trinity but also a model for Christian living.
June 5, 2020
The Holy Spirit X Factor - Joe Moffatt
Joe reflects on the way in which the Holy Spirit transforms our faltering efforts at communication.
June 3, 2020
We are saved together - Rosamond McDowell
Rosamond McDowell reflects on the Holy Spirit’s gift of speaking in tongues
June 1, 2020
Dinosaurs, museums and churches - Bishop Martin Wharton
Bishop Martin reflects on the differences between museums and churches, and talks about the role of the Holy Spirit in the unfolding and ongoing revelation of God.
May 29, 2020
Put your umbrellas away - Bishop Martin Wharton
Bishop Martin reflects on the story of Pentecost and keeping open to the Holy Spirit.
May 27, 2020
Losing track of time - Caroline Halmshaw
Caroline reflects on our uncertaint sense of time at the moment and relates it to the experience of the disciples around Christ's Ascension.
May 25, 2020
Thin spaces - Karen Wellman
Karen reflects on the spaces where the veil between us and God is thinner than normal and suggests ways of finding these closer to home.
May 22, 2020
Living with the complete - Joe Moffatt
Joe reflects on how Christ's work is complete, as reflected in his Ascension which we celebrate on May 21, and on how St Paul tells us to live in the light of this in his letter to the Philippians, chapter 2.
May 20, 2020
How can we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land - Rosamond McDowell
Adapting to life in the Coronavirus Exilic Period
May 18, 2020
The guises and disguises of the risen Christ - Bishop Martin Wharton
Bishop Martin reflects on the different appearances of the risen Christ and how he might appear to us today.
May 14, 2020
Strength to Continue - Caroline Halmshaw
A reflection inspired by Br Roger of Taize
May 10, 2020
VE Day - Karen Wellman
Karen reflects on VE Day, the current virus and the experience of the Israelites in the Old Testament as they learnt to sing a new song in a strange land (Psalm 137).
May 8, 2020
Living with the partial - Joe Moffatt
Joe reflects on the difficulty of living with a very partial knowledge of what is going on and how that might relate to the experience of the disciples in the days following Jesus' resurrection.  He then asks whether that partial experience of Jesus has a purpose, and whether there might be 'purpose in the partial' for us.
May 6, 2020
The life that I have - Rosamond McDowell
Why does St Mark have no resurrection appearances to tell of - 4 May 2020
May 4, 2020
Running with the Resurrection - Bishop Martin Wharton
Bishop Martin looks at the story of how the disciples ran to see the empty tomb and reflects on how the Church has been running with the resurrection ever since.
May 1, 2020
There is a season - Mary Hawes
Mary considers the strange time we live in and how, according to the book of Ecclesiastes, there is a time for everything.
April 29, 2020
You know I love you - Caroline Halmshaw
Caroline reflects on Jesus' offer of reconciliation to Peter in the Gospel of John, chapter 21.
April 27, 2020
St Mark - Karen Wellman
Karen Wellman, the Vicar of St Mark's Teddington, reflects on the patronal saint of her parish on the eve of his Feast Day, April 25th.
April 24, 2020
Lifting ourselves from despondency - Joe Moffatt
Joe admits to his despondency but finds hope in the story of Jesus' appearance to two of his disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24.13-35)
April 22, 2020
The power of touch - Rosamond McDowell
Friday 17 April
April 17, 2020
Hands and Feet: Bishop Martin Wharton
Continuing our post-Easter reflection
April 15, 2020
A locked room? - Mary Hawes
Mary explores what it means for the risen Christ to come in to our locked rooms.
April 13, 2020
Easter Encounters - Joe Moffatt
Joe's Easter Day sermon, reflecting on the significance of the first three encounters with the Risen Lord.
April 12, 2020
Holy Saturday - Rosamond McDowell
Rosamond reflects on Holy Saturday as a day of waiting.
April 11, 2020
It is finished - Bishop Martin Wharton
A Good Friday Reflection by Bishop Martin, as he looks at the cross and ponders the last words of Christ.
April 10, 2020
The Good Friday Liturgy
Hymns, readings and prayers for Good Friday, led by Joe Moffatt
April 10, 2020
Maundy Thursday - Caroline Halmshaw
Caroline reflects on the Last Supper and how we learn to receive from God.
April 9, 2020
Mary Magdalene - Jonathan Williams
Who was this special woman who was the first to encounter the risen Christ? Jonathan Williams explores.
April 8, 2020
Joseph of Arimathea - Jonathan Williams
Jesus was buried in a tomb belonging to Joseph of Arimathea.  Who was this man and why was he drawn to Jesus?  Jonathan Williams takes a look.
April 7, 2020
James, the brother of Jesus - Jonathan Williams
Jonathan Williams, a historian and member of the congregation at St Mary with St Alban, takes a look at James, the brother of Jesus, and wonders where he was at the time of Jesus' crucifixion.
April 6, 2020
Palm Sunday - Joe Moffatt
Joe reflects on another 'minor character', that of the donkey in the Palm Sunday story.  Why was the donkey so significant?
April 5, 2020
Phoebe - Caroline Halmshaw
Caroline introduces Phoebe, a strong and resourceful woman in the early church.
April 3, 2020
The Beloved Physician - Bishop Martin Wharton
Bishop Martin give thanks for the skills of doctors and nurses as he reflects on St Luke, the gospel writer, known as The Beloved Physician.
April 2, 2020
Cleopas - Azariah France-Williams
Over the next few days we take a look at minor characters in the bible, ordinary people who get caught up in extraordinary events.  Azariah begins by looking at Cleopas.
April 1, 2020
No man is an island - Rosamond McDowell
Rosamond reflects on the life and poetry of John Donne.
March 31, 2020
Time to get dressed? - Mary Hawes
Mary Hawes reflects on the conundrum of what to wear when working from home, and what spiritual clothing we put on, as suggested by St Paul in his letter to the Colossians.
March 30, 2020
Holding Together - Joe Moffatt
Joe Moffatt reflects on how we can hold things together in these difficult times, referring to St Paul's letter to the Colossians.
March 28, 2020
In our prayers for you we always thank God - Caroline Halmshaw
A reflection on the opening words of Paul’s letter to the new Church in Colossae.
March 27, 2020
Psalm 23 - Bishop Martin Wharton
Bishop Martin unfolds the meaning of this much-loved psalm.
March 26, 2020
The Lord's my Shepherd - Azariah France-Williams
Azariah continues with our reflections on Psalm 23, and how in strange times like these our God will not abandon us.
March 24, 2020
The Lord's my Shepherd - Rosamond McDowell
Rosamond reflects on Psalm 23, reassuring us that we are never alone but always have the Good Shepherd looking after us.
March 23, 2020
Introduction by Joe Moffatt
Joe Moffatt introduces a series of podcasts that will be recorded daily by the clergy team at St Mary with St Alban Teddington.
March 22, 2020