Scripture Notes – Sunday – 26th September 2021

Anyone who is not against us is for us   The gospel is a straight continuation of the gospel of the previous Sunday, taking forward the teaching on discipleship. This time, the disciples have once again “lost the run of themselves” as we say. They have just failed in an attempted exorcism and still they object to an outsider successfully working deeds of power in Jesus’ name. More than ironic… The temptation…


Scripture Notes – Sunday 19th September 2021

‘If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all.’ Welcome The teaching on discipleship in Mark’s Gospel is profound and relevant. As we know from reading the Gospel, he takes great care in its presentation, using a three-fold lay-out. Good teacher that he is, he teaches by misunderstanding, leading to a correction and clarification. The pattern can be see in the graphic…


Scripture Notes – Sunday 29th August 2021

 But you must do what the word tells you, and not just listen to it and deceive yourselves Welcome The last time we heard from Mark was on Sunday 18 July: Mark 6:30-34. After our 5 Sundays of John 6, we now resume our reading of the Gospel for the current year. The appointed reading is Mark 7:1-8,14-15, 21-23. Something of the cumulative power of the text and its cogency…


Exploring the Bible

Exploring the Bible   Since 2012, a group of parishioners has been meeting each week, to explore the Bible and to ask ourselves, how it might relate to our lives today. Before the Pandemic, we met in Shalom, beside St Mark’s church, each Monday. Some people come weekly, others less frequently. All are welcome!   When the Pandemic hit, we had a gap of a few weeks. However, we discovered that…


Scripture Notes – Sunday 1st August 2021

Sir, give us this bread always! Welcome! We continue our journey into John chapter 6. In the YouTube talk, three dimensions of the Gospel passage are identified: Searching, seeking, questing. What does God want of us? Jesus as the “I am.” Any one of these could take us deeply into our faith in Christ. In particular, the question at the centre — “What must we do to do the works…


Scripture Notes – Sunday 25th July 2021

Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and gave them out to all who were sitting ready. Welcome On this Sunday, we begin reading from John 6. It is especially suitable this year, as we pick up again our regular attendance at the Eucharist. The forced abstinence will certainly have left its mark. We may wonder what we missed, why we missed it and what sense does it now make…


Scripture Notes – Sunday 18th July 2021

Jesus had compassion on them — they were like sheep without a shepherd Welcome again to Hearers of the Word. The Gospel double story registers various “lacks”: lack of rest, lack of space, lack of nourishment and lack of calmness (order). As we emerge from the covid restrictions and and enter the summer holidays, perhaps we can name our own “lacks” at this time — and they may well include a…


Scripture Notes – Sunday July 4th 2021

He was amazed at their lack of faith. On this Sunday, we go forward to Mark 6:1-6a, the scene in the synagogue at Nazareth. There’s a lot more to it than might seem at first glance. Accordingly, the translation by Eugene Boring is offered in this email. The people of Nazareth were unable to hear what Jesus had to day — a phenomenon not unknown in our own time. The…


Scripture Notes – Sunday 20th June 2021

 Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?   Capernaum: Monastery of the Holy Apostles (You may notice that Jesus is represented twice in the scene.) Welcome The Gospel could hardly be more relevant. Storms and upheavals are everywhere — the church in Germany is a dramatic illustration. It would be tempting to jump in programmatic or managerial “responses” but that would be to miss the point. The starting point has…


Scripture Notes – Sunday 13th June 2021

With what can we compare the kingdom of God? Welcome The Scripture Summer School began on June 1, with an introductory webinar (the recording may be viewed on our dedicated website.) It is not at all too late to register and enjoy the 15 presentations. Biblical Models of the People of God. (Jessie Rogers) Experience of church in Mark’s Gospel, the book of Revelation and the First Letter of Peter. (Sean…