Quiet Reflection

The quiet reflection service is a guided meditation on the readings for the week, accompanied by a couple of hymns.  It starts at 1pm on Thursdays, and runs for about 40 minutes. The first Quiet Reflection for 2017 was at 1pm on Thursday, 2nd February, and will continue every week until the 21st December.
Communion Service: Starting on the 1st June 2017, and thence the 1st Thursday of each month, we will be celebrating Communion at 1pm on Thursdays.

Following is the service for the 19th October 2017.   Silence 19Oct17    If you click on it, it should open in your browser. (To return to the page, press the ‘back’ button in your browser.)

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Pentecost 20                        19th October 2017

Rene Girard shows that we are imitators; we all imitate each other, we cannot avoid it.
All we can do is choose whom we shall imitate. Let us imitate Jesus, as St Paul says, “be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us”

Bishop Bruce Wilson


Rubens tribute money


The Tribute Money
Piers Paul Rubens, c. 1612.   http://christchurchwindsor.ca/2009/11/page/3/


Hymn:  145 The King of love

Matthew 22:15-22 (The Message)

That’s when the Pharisees plotted a way to trap him into saying something damaging. They sent their disciples, with a few of Herod’s followers mixed in, to ask, “Teacher, we know you have integrity, teach the way of God accurately, are indifferent to popular opinion, and don’t pander to your students. So tell us honestly: Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”

Jesus knew they were up to no good. He said, “Why are you playing these games with me? Why are you trying to trap me? Do you have a coin? Let me see it.” They handed him a silver piece.

“This engraving—who does it look like? And whose name is on it?” They said, “Caesar.”

“Then give Caesar what is his, and give God what is his.”

The Pharisees were speechless. They went off shaking their heads.


With this passage we must expose the fallacy of dividing reality into God’s area and other areas. It invites us to reflect on this primarily in relation to big issues of the day. It also relates closely to individual spirituality: ‘Seven whole days not one in seven…’ Let the transforming love of God also affect my relationships, my budget, my planning; our family, our congregation, our community, our nation, our world! The words of the testers spoken in patronising sarcasm (22:16) were in fact correct; he teaches the way of God in truth!

                                                            William Loader


This takes us to the next deeper level, to the faith issues that go beyond Jesus dodging their bullet. This has to do with the issue of “image.” A better translation of Jesus’ question would be, “Whose image is this on the coin?” And the word image takes us much deeper to a fundamental truth of our faith. If we give the coin to the emperor because it is his image on it, then what is it that we give to God because God’s image is on it?                                                      Paul Nuechterlein


Listen to this passage from the first chapter of the Bible:

Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:26-27)

In other words, we give to the emperor the coin because his image is on it, and we give to God ourselves because you and I are created in the image of God, both male and female. Jesus is not only refusing to play the win-lose games of the Pharisees, but he is backing it up with a more profound truth: we owe the one who made us our very lives — not just money, but everything of who we are.

                                                               Paul Nuechterlein


There is an icon that shows St. Peter pointing to Jesus, and Jesus pointing upward to God. If we imitate Jesus we will move in a different direction than if we imitate Caesar. But we will imitate. Humans are elaborate and wonderful copy machines.

We like to think we are original and hate it when we are accused of copying. But we do copy, we have to. The issue is who we copy.                                                          Tom Truby



God of love,

you call us to be loving:

teach us how to be so,

in our personal lives,

in our community living,

in the wider world.



God of passion,

you call us to be passionate for justice:

teach us how to be so,

in our personal lives,

in our community living,

in the wider world.


Elizabeth Baxter


Hymn: 688 come to be our hope, O Jesus

Tissot tribute money

The Tribute Money  Tissot, James Jacques Joseph, 1836-1902. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=55996




















































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