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A Reflection on Psalm 72.1-7 by Canon Rob, 4th December, 2nd Sunday of Advent We are now in the Church’s season of Advent: these four weeks full of expectation and wonderful hymns, like “O come, O come, Emmanuel” with its chorus, “Rejoice, rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.” For Christians, Christ is Emmanuel: …

“All kings shall fall down before him!” Read More »

A Reflection on Psalm 46 by Canon Rob, 20th November, Feast of Christ the King. Immediately after Queen Elizabeth 2nd died on 8th September, her son Charles was pronounced King, just as Elizabeth had been pronounced Queen as soon as her father had died in 1952. “The Queen is dead: God save the King!” I …

“Christ rules in our hearts and lives!” Read More »

A Reflection on Psalm 17.1-8 by Canon Rob, 6th November, 3rd Sunday before Advent Surprisingly, the refrain and heading for Psalm 17 in “Common Worship: Daily Prayer” is “The Lord is my strength and my song.” I say “surprisingly” because the tone in most verses is a cry for help. The author is clearly desperate …

“Being Confident in God” Read More »

A Reflection on Psalm 119.97-104 by Canon Rob, 16th October, 18th Sunday after Trinity With 176 verses, Psalm 119 is by far the longest of all the psalms and unless you have plenty of time or, better, read only a few each day, for once I won’t suggest you read and reflect upon them all! …

“God’s rules are Great!” Read More »

A Reflection on Psalm 100 by Canon Rob, 2nd October, 16th Sunday Harvest Festival Psalm 100 is just one of the psalms set for Harvest Festival Services, but the title for today’s Reflection is from a children’s hymn, sung in schools at harvest time and can be found in the hymn book we use at …

“Think of a World without any Flowers!” Read More »

A Reflection on Psalm 113 by Canon Rob, 18th September, 14th Sunday after Trinity No doubt about it, Psalm 113 is a hymn of praise and thanksgiving to the God who is unique!The words on the picture here are from the first half of verse 5, and it expects the answer to be “no-one is …

“Give praise where praise is due!” Read More »

A Reflection on Psalm 21 verses 1 – 7, by Canon Rob following the death of our Queen on 8th September As I write this, our nation has just begun a period of mourning for ten days. Church bells have rung, gun salutes have echoed, flags fly at half mast and King Charles and Camilla, …

“The Time to Mourn…..” Read More »

A Reflection on Psalm 139.1-7 by Canon Rob, 4th September, 12th Sunday after Trinity The opening words of this psalm, in our Common Worship books, are, “O Lord, you have searched me out and known me.” That might be a scary prospect as you reflect upon them. It may be true that we know ourselves …

“God Knows Us!” Read More »

A Reflection on Psalm 103.1-8 by Canon Rob, 21st August,10th Sunday after Trinity. Central to a Christian’s life is worship and among the variety of Services we can attend, the Eucharist (Holy Communion) is the most important. The word “Eucharist” means “to give thanks” or “to praise” and Psalm 30 is considered by scholars to …

“Being Grateful!” Read More »

A Reflection on Psalm 50.1-7 by Canon Rob, 7th August, 8th Sunday after Trinity In his book, “Praying with the Psalms,” Walter Brueggemann reminds his readers that the Book of Common Prayer encourages us to pray together, “for all sorts and conditions of men (and women.)”  He adds, “we are able to pray for others …

“Live is His Meaning!” Read More »