Historic Anglican Church in Brighton, East Sussex

Thoughts and Reflections


True glory


Some people have an excessive need of approval from others.

The great luminaries of stage and screen

glow under the adulation of their fans.

But when the curtain goes down and the lights fade,

they often feel empty and lonely,

because they realise that they are valued,

not for themselves, but only for their talent.

Lord, grant that I may not get carried away when people praise me,

or become downcast when people ignore me.

Grant that I may have a little lamp of my own,

a lamp which will enable me to see

the dignity which you have given me,

and which no on can take from me.



page 235 Flor McCarthy Year C



Talking about faith for the new millennium Pope John Paul says: “May your faith be certain, that is, founded on the Word of God, on the Gospel message, and especially on the life, person, and word of Christ.  

May your faith be strong; may it not hesitate or waver before the doubts and uncertainties which philosophical systems or fashionable movements suggest to you.

May your faith be joyful, because it is based on awareness of possessing a divine gift.

Let your faith be active; let is manifest itself in generous charity towards those who are in need; let it be expressed in your availability for initiatives for the building up of the Kingdom of God.”












Jesus’ first journey in the womb of Mary!  He journeys on our life’s path, always there. He was her protector – she had seen earlier that all to do with this pregnancy was protected by God. It would be most unusual for a woman in those days to travel alone.  Mary may have gone with others but may have just put her trust in God.  God’s life within her protected her as it protects us.  Other times we will find God visits us through the visitation of others.  A visit of God does something for us – redeems us. 

John and Jesus seemed to recognise one another. In some strange way the Spirit entered Mary and Elizabeth in a new way.  Maybe we can recognise the signs of God in love, care, justice, forgiveness and renewal these days.  In the simple ways these things can happen, like the unexpected gift to say sorry, the tentative visit of reconciliation and the time spent which enhances the quality of relationships.













Christ is the Light of our World. Soon we will be observing once again that ancient star that led the Wise Men and will lead us to Bethlehem.  God comes to us in the midst of collapsing worlds.  Joseph and Mary had to flee into Egypt with their Holy Child, their world collapsing all around them.  Perhaps that’s why Jesus could tell us with deep feeling and great compassion: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” 

We need to rely on that, especially now in our own day.












Feast Day 4th October

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

and where there is sadness, joy.









You bring life where there is brokenness and despair.  May we cherish all that brings life, and enter into the dance of Creation.




Servant God, grant us opportunity,

give us willingness to serve you

day by day, that what we do

and how we bear each other’s

burdens, may be our sacrifice to you.



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A Prayer from New Zealand

O God, the birds sing of the new day,

the sun bursts through,

and people begin to awaken,

humanity stirs, spirits are alive.

Implant within us the gifts

of wisdom and discernment

so that the everburning fire

of the Holy Spirit might shine forth

like the rays of the sun.

Hail to you O Christ, the navigator

and guide of our waka of faith. Amen


The Ven. Dr Hone Kaa (1941-2012)


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