Great is the mystery of faith

Jean Clarkson (1942-2017) Today (11th May 2017) in a service at St. Bees Priory, Cumbria, we said farewell (for now) to our good friend Jean Clarkson- Churchwarden at St. Mary`s Windermere. Following family Tributes I offered the following homily: I realise that standing here I`m playing a little imaginative game with myself. Sunday by Sunday…

Waiting at the Cross…..Good Friday Reflections

  12.00noon Reading                                                                              As soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. Pilate asked him, ‘Are you the King of the Jews?’ He answered him, ‘You say so.’  Then the chief…

Maundy Thursday

A few years ago I had the opportunity to hear a short talk given by of our forces Chaplains who had served a couple of terms in Afghanistan. He told my colleagues and I about his ministry and showed us some of the kit that he used. Among the items he showed us was a…

Farewell to a faithful Parson

THOMAS REGINALD HARPER Died 7th March 2016 Aged 85 Years   I`d like to begin by saying that personally I take it as a particular privilege to participate in this worship today. It`s not just that I found Reg` an immensely likeable man whom I respected and valued as part of the family here at…

“Let love be genuine”

Rosemary Hopwood (1939-2015) Address given by the Vicar at Rosemary`s Memorial service at Jesus Church, Troutbeck on 21st January 2016 I first met Rosemary just over fifteen years ago when I was invited to consider becoming Vicar of this Parish…. We met with a few others in what used to be St. Mary`s Parish Hall…

The Lord`s Prayer: Rearranging your internal furniture

A few weeks ago the Church of England launched an advertising campaign inviting people to pray…. nothing controversial about that you might think. It featured scenes of what we might call `everyday folk` reciting the Lord`s Prayer but as you may have heard it caused a bit of a stir. Essentially, the companies responsible for…