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At Saint Laika's and in the Church of England today is the day when John and Charles Wesley are commemorated. Others may celebrate these two holy men on a different day but they are wrong.

Here are some words of wisdom taken from the journal of John Wesley that are particularly apposite in the United Kingdom and the United States at this moment in time and also, no doubt, in many other places on this planet where the democratic principle is upheld.

October 6, 1774

I met those of our society who had votes in the ensuing election, and advised them

1. To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy

2. To speak no evil of the person they voted against, and

3. To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.”

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The Word Of God

I've just read an advertisement for a vicar on my diocese's website in which one of the requirements the parish is insisting on is that the candidate has "MS Office ability." Appleheads need not apply, obviously.

Holy Communion For Trinity Sunday

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God is three and God is one. We are many and we are one. In the sacrament of holy communion we celebrate and enjoy our togetherness with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and with each other. Those whom God has joined together let no one put asunder.

At Saint Laika's everyone is welcome to take communion and be in communion, with each other and with God. There are no exceptions. So, come, join us.

If you want to physically partake of communion you will require a small piece of bread and a small amount of drink (preferably made from grapes and containing alcohol). How you view the nature of this part of the service is completely up to you.

CLICK HERE to access the podcast via iTunes.

To stream the service direct from this page without having to use the iTunes' facility, click on the arrow on the left of the player below.

Join in with us as we worship God by CLICKING HERE for the order of service, credits and details of the music featured. The words in bold type are the ones we say together.

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NHS To Offer Choice Of First Or Second Class Service

Is there any truth in the rumour that the Nuffield Trust report into how to get people who are not doctors to do a doctors job for a quarter of the salary, is recommending that postmen who deliver to NHS hospitals are to be brought onto maternity wards to deliver babies?

I am also a bit worried about the fact that my barber down in the village has stuck up a new, revolving, red and white barber's pole above the door of his shop and that he's advertising special pensioner rates for appendectomies on Tuesday mornings.

No Free Lunch

I notice that one of the people most vociferous in their condemnation of the removal of the recipe library from the BBC website, which has been made necessary because of our conservative government's attack on the corporation, is a food food writer for "The Daily Telegraph." Anyone who has been following this conservative rag's coverage of the BBC's future will realise just how telling this fact is about the hypocrisy of the right.

Life, The Universe And Everything

For a while I have been thinking along the lines that it all has something to do with bits of information and that massive amounts of information give rise to intelligence or something akin to intelligence. It is this information-intelligence that holds the universe together in the spookily perfect way it exists and enables things to change usefully rather than stay the same or just decay (for example - as in evolution).

This begs the question, "Is the universe conscious?"

I believe it is but in a way that we may never comprehend through our consciousness.

Holy Communion For The Feast Of Pentecost

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In the sacrament of holy communion we become one with each other and with God through Jesus Christ. This is not something that we can make happen on our own. Therefore, God has sent his Holy Spirit to live within us all and become the bond that holds us together.

At Saint Laika's everyone is welcome to take communion and be in communion, with each other and with God. There are no exceptions. So, come, join us.

If you want to physically partake of communion you will require a small piece of bread and a small amount of drink (preferably made from grapes and containing alcohol). How you view the nature of this part of the service is completely up to you.

CLICK HERE to access the podcast via iTunes.

To stream the service direct from this page without having to use the iTunes' facility, click on the arrow on the left of the player below.

Join in with us as we worship God by CLICKING HERE for the order of service, credits and details of the music featured. The words in bold type are the ones we say together.

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No, We Damn Well Won’t

At the end of the Pentecost liturgy of the Church of England as published in "Common Worship: Times and Seasons" is the following commission. The words in bold type are the congregational responses.

For fifty days we have celebrated the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ over the powers of sin and death.We have proclaimed God’s mighty acts and we have prayed that the power that was at work when God raised Jesus from the dead might be at work in us.

As part of God’s Church here in N, I call upon you to live out what you proclaim.

Empowered by the Holy Spirit, will you dare to walk into God’s future, trusting him to be your guide?
By the Spirit’s power, we will.

Will you dare to embrace each other and grow together in love?
We will.

Will you dare to share your riches in common and minister to each other in need?
We will.

Will you dare to pray for each other until your hearts beat with the longings of God?
We will.

Will you dare to carry the light of Christ into the world’s dark places?
We will.

Honestly, who are we kidding? For a start, apart from a very few Anglican nuns and monks, nobody in any church I have ever been to is going to share their riches in common and I know from experience that all that love stuff is just fine sounding but empty words as far as your average Anglican is concerned. We may have a bit of love to spare for the people we are very close to or fancy or want something from but if there is anything like the love of God in the Church I am yet to find it. As for going out into the world's dark places carrying the light of Christ - I don't think so. We leave that sort of thing to black people and those crazy evangelicals who sing with their hands waving in the air and even they have conditions that apply like you mustn't be gay or suffer from mental illness.

This Pentecost let's get real and face the facts. If the Holy Spirit descended on the Church of England we would shit our collective selves. We don't want anything to do with anything even remotely embarrassing; not embarrassing people and not embarrassing Gods. So, if you find yourself having to recite the above responsory in church this coming Sunday morning, remember to cross your fingers behind your backs. You don't want to accidentally commit to something you have no intention of carrying through.

Passing Thoughts Of A Mad Priest

One of the symptoms of my madness that makes it so draining is that it doesn't go away when I am asleep. It follows me into my dreams and then the madness of the dreams stays with me when I awake. Sometimes I cannot tell if something I am remembering is from real life or from a dream.

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My life has been a complete waste of time and it's nearly over.
I put all my eggs in one basket and somebody came along,
snatched the basket out of my hand and broke all the eggs.

If The Church Of England Calls Pretend You’re Not In

I asked another area dean for help the other day. She politely told me that I was the responsibility of the last area dean who refused to help me.
 
It is amazing how easy it is for the Church of England to get rid of someone they don't like without having to go through all the annoyance of ecclesiastical legal proceedings, which is useful when they know full well that even with the church courts (that are geared up to support the bishops) you have to have good cause to sack a priest - something more than the fact the priest went through a period of suffering from depression.
 
I understand that Justin Welby, another person who could not find it in his heart to contradict the decision of a bigot by giving me my job back, is launching a campaign to re-evangelise England, or something grand and unachievable similar to that. But my experience of the sheer, unadulterated nastiness of much of the membership of the Church of England, both its laity and clergy, compels me to ask the question, "Why bother?"
 
How on earth would joining the bride of Christ in England at this time in its corporate history be of advantage to anybody? There is no happiness, there is no compassion, above all there is no love in the Church of England. Not even the lowly parish priests, my so-called colleagues, have the guts to visit a priest when he or she is poorly let alone help them when they are under attack. They are more scared for their own welfare and future prospects than truly adherent to the teachings of Christ. I wonder how they manage to preach on the Good Samaritan every year without turning crimson with shame in the pulpit
 
You will know Christians by their love for each other. You will know members of the Church of England by the easy way they will stab each other in the back for the most base and secular of reasons. So, if someone comes up to you in the next little while, claiming to be from the established church, and asks you if you "know Jesus," just tell them you would rather not as you don't need your heart broken by a bunch of dissembling betrayers.


POSTSCRIPT: Of course, not all bishops would sack a priest for suffering from depression. I expect many would be extremely supportive. However, from my experience, all bishops will abide by the rules of collegiality among bishops and this means that no matter what they might personally think about me and what has been done to me, they will not help me because that would be implying that the the bishop who did sack me was wrong to do so. It is, no doubt, the reason why my former colleagues won't help me. They do not want to upset the bishops by implicitly condemning the actions of a bishop and risk ending up in the same position as myself. Also, because I am bitter and angry my chances of being reemployed are not very likely and prospective employers have cited my anger as a reason for not employing me. It's a vicious circle that I am expected to break but, if the Church was really Christlike it would make the first moves to alleviate the pain it caused me and so help me to be less angry. Instead, it uses my anger, caused by them, to justify their continual ruination of my life.

Racism Denial

Israel's military deputy chief of staff, Major General Yair Golan said on the eve of Thursday's annual Holocaust Day that he detected trends in Israeli society suggestive of "nauseating processes" that occurred in 1930s Nazi Germany.

"There is, after all, nothing easier and simpler than hating the foreigner... arousing fears and terrifying," he asserted.

For this he has received a stern public rebuke from Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and some right-wing members of parliament are calling for his resignation.

I expect Jeremy Corbyn will be suspending the major general
from the British Labour Party later today.

Full story at the BBC.

Holy Communion For The Eighth Sunday Of Easter

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Jesus Christ was one with the Father and he delighted in the glory given to him by the Father. However, he was not tempted to keep this glory just for himself. Instead it was his desire that all who believed in him and all those who would come to believe in him through the testimony of his followers should also enjoy the benefits of his glorification. Together in glory we become one with each other, with Jesus and with God the Father through the Holy Spirit. In the sacrament of holy communion we celebrate this togetherness, enjoying its reality now and looking forward to its completion when Jesus, the bright morning star rises once more to bring eternal life to the world.

At Saint Laika's everyone is welcome to take communion and be in communion, with each other and with God. There are no exceptions. So, come, join us.

If you want to physically partake of communion you will require a small piece of bread and a small amount of drink (preferably made from grapes and containing alcohol). How you view the nature of this part of the service is completely up to you.

CLICK HERE to access the podcast via iTunes.

To stream the service direct from this page without having to use the iTunes' facility, click on the arrow on the left of the player below.

Join in with us as we worship God by CLICKING HERE for the order of service, credits and details of the music featured. The words in bold type are the ones we say together.

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