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Holy Communion For The Sixth Sunday After Pentecost
( The Fifth Sunday After Trinity )

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In the sacrament of holy communion Jesus Christ becomes the centre of all our attention. We become one with him and with each other. This togetherness in the Spirit of God remains with us as we go out into the world and empowers us to live our lives as true followers of Christ, a vocation that demands from us nothing less than our total commitment.

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.

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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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Always Look On The Bright Side Of A Referendum

Heres an idea. Now that the UK has decided to close the door on the hundreds of thousands of economic migrants from the EU that come here every year we are in the position of offering sanctuary to a lot more bona fide refugees from around the world. I may be wrong but I think that David Cameron offered refugee status to a mere two thousand Syrian refugees which is more than a bit embarrassing. Fifty thousand refugees would be about a quarter of the number of economic migrants that have been entering the UK every year. We could easily manage that number especially as most of the refugees would hope to return to their homelands eventually. We would feel good about ourselves and not so fearful for our jobs.

Of course, persuading the government to do something so altruistic would be a challenge but I think our bleeding heart liberals are up to it. It would give them something to do apart from complaining about how evil our ungrateful working class is and it might even cheer them up. They are always happiest when they have got a cause to fight for.

An Unequal Union

The only way that the EU could have worked was if there had been a level playing field. To be exact, every nation within the union had to enjoy exactly the same level of prosperity. There was never an intention among the richer countries to achieve this and you can hardly blame the people of the poorer countries for moving to where the money was. We should also not blame the poorer people in the richer countries for being afraid that mass immigration would make them even poorer. A little bit of understanding rather than condescending, self-righteous, I know better than you, polemic may have averted the break up of the Union. As it is, as I said, we only have ourselves to blame.

The Nation Has Decided And It May Not Be The Wrong Decision

Okay.

I voted to remain in the EU, mainly because I was not prepared to take a gamble and I am pretty certain that the next little while is going to be hell economically. Also, there will be a right wing Tory government in power for a few years at least and they will take advantage of being free from European regulations to promote their libertarian agenda. The near future is bleak but there is a possibility that the future after that could be a whole lot better, better even than it could have been if we had remained in the EU. What is good for the goose is good for the gander, as they say, and just as the right wing will be unencumbered by the necessary hegemony of a federal Europe so too will the left. There are things a future socialist government can now do that it would not have been allowed to do if the UK had voted to stay in Europe. A future government would be able to nationalise industries if they so wished and I for one hope that any socialist one will wish to do so.

The vote to leave the EU is not a victory for stupid, racist people as they have been repeatedly and maliciously labelled by liberal commentators throughout the debate. Working people are intelligent human beings with valid concerns. Just because their concerns are not the concerns of suburb dwelling professionals does not mean that they are wrong or even evil for having them.

The vote to leave the EU is a victory for those for whom the economy means little because they benefit so little from it. It is a victory of sidelined, frustrated, powerless citizens over the economic elite who now rule the world and their party political puppets (all parties).

What is most worrying today is that Labour MPs are using the result as an opportunity to increase the pressure on Jeremy Corbyn to resign as their leader. They are doing this because they want to go back to the "good old days" of Blairist centrism. But it is exactly this tedious uniformity of agenda within the political class, which gives the English people a Hobson's choice at general elections, that the people were protesting against in the EU referendum.

To put it simply, the Labour party in the UK needs to veer to the left and become a distinctive and socialist party again. They should do this whatever the cost, even if it means never getting into power again. Labour party MPs and activists should stop listening to the business world who mostly vote conservative and stop listening to the liberal intelligentsia who are cocooned from reality in the ivory towers of the media and academia. In stead, they should start listening to the people that the party was originally set up to serve even when those people say things that offend them. Most of all they should offer these working people a political future that involves them and profits them.

There is a very thin line between socialism and fascism. The working people of England and Wales will be attracted by the promises of the far right if the left does not provide them with a kinder way of getting what they need.

Beams In Eyes And Sunday Prayers

Some of the Brexit campaigners may have lied. Some of the Brexit campaigners may be racists. Many of the Brexit campaigners may be extremely right wing. But it has been the Remain campaigners who have been the most vicious, personal, insulting and uncivil in their attacks on those they oppose politically. I wonder if any of us will be able to lead the intercessions this Sunday without being guilty of pompous hypocrisy.

The Referendum Blues ( No Reds )

In the referendum tomorrow I will be voting to remain in the E.U. My reason for doing so is because my wife is passionately in favour of staying in (she works at a university and fears that far fewer continental students will sign up to its degrees each year if we Brexit). Our marriage has always been one in which togetherness is aimed for rather than independence and so the thought of cancelling out my wife's vote, when I really don't know which way I should vote, has not, seriously, crossed my mind.

However, although I hope that the UK remains in the E.U. I do so with the knowledge that, if we remain, we will close down the debate on immigration and return to the silence imposed by politically motivated political correctness and I believe this could very easily lead to the strengthening of the far right in England. Also, no future socialist government will be able to nationalise any of our utilities and services, such as our railway network. Thirdly, it will be a formal goodbye to the, to be honest already lost, England of my youth with its cosy monoculture and uniformity. I am not a racist for not wanting to live in a multi-cultural society. I am just someone who prefers not to be surprised by difference like I prefer to watch documentaries on television rather than the soaps. I am not going to take to the streets to fight for the culture of my youth but I shall miss it.

At the end of the day this referendum is about the economy and the profits made by big business. The rich will remain rich and the poor will remain poor whichever way the vote goes. Working people who will be voting are like condemned men asked to choose between the electric chair or lethal injection as their preferred method of execution.

The Saint Laika Summer Appeal 2016 – Update

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THREE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY POUNDS

That is the amount so far donated in this year's summer appeal. The aim is to raise one thousand pounds and we are now over a third of the way there. It would be great (for me, at least) if we achieved our target before I disappear on my annual holiday (we're taking the caravan up to the highlands of Scotland). So, please consider sending a bit of your hard earned cash my way. Here's the blurb explaining why your generosity is needed and where your donation will go.

Dear friends of Saint Laika's, once again I need to ask for your assistance in keeping my online ministry alive and kicking. I have no other employment other than my work on the internet and no other source of income. I survive on the regular donations I receive every month from supporters, most of whom have been generously sending me money since I first started this faith-based occupation of mine. Unfortunately, due to the unavoidable loss of a major monthly contribution, I am now trying to make do on about four hundred and fifty pounds a month and it is not easy. Therefore, in order to pay for the extras in life, like clothes and big, unexpected bills, I run two appeals each year, one in December and one in June, in which I ask you to consider making a special, one off donation. It is now time to launch this year's summer appeal.

The target this year is the usual, arbitrary one thousand pounds. We are yet to reach this target but, you never know, perhaps this time we will do it as last time we got very close. The money raised will be spent on the running costs of the Saint Laika's website, my annual holiday and new clothes for me as I have been on a diet and lost so much weight in the last four months or so that none of my trousers fit. I have dropped three waist sizes which is great for my health but not so great for my wardrobe and wallet.

So, please help if you can. Donations can be made through the PayPal widget below. You do not even need a PayPal account to be able to make your donation. Every body who donates will receive a PDF copy of the "Best of the Lord Bishops," my ongoing scurrilous attack on the B.O.Fs of the Church of England hierarchy, who made my present situation and need of your generosity possible.




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Holy Communion For The Fifth Sunday After Pentecost
( The Fourth Sunday After Trinity )

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Jesus drives out our personal demons and restores in us our rightful mind so that we need no longer live in fear and confusion. In the sacrament of holy communion we gather together to receive healing in the presence of our great physician, Jesus Christ and to listen, in the silence, to the voice of God calling us from darkness into light.

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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Passing Thoughts Of A Mad Priest

I read an article today in which those campaigning that the UK leaves the EU are accused of "pandering to paranoid popularism." It is this sort of arrogant belittling and stigmatising of the real worries of the working class by the liberal media that is going to make certain that the majority of the working class electorate vote "leave" on Thursday.

It is stupid to keep calling people stupid because, if you keep calling them stupid, eventually they will do something stupid just to spite you.

Murder Without A Death

Pg 6,7 -JMW interview pic 2After I left hospital for the last time it then took me over a year to recover enough from the depressive illness that had laid me low to be capable of making a staged return to work. If I had not been working for the Church of England, which is exempt from much employment law, I would have been given the opportunity to gradually return to full time employment without any loss in status. In fact, I even suggested that I should minister at just one of the two parishes I was attached to until I was up to being responsible for both. But, not only was I told that this was not possible, I was informed by the Bishop of Newcastle, at the time, Martin Wharton (see photo) that I had to retire. Although I successfully fought his discriminatory decision after a few years of short term contracts in a demoted role, he finally managed to get his desire and, with the excuse that I was no longer affordable, I was sacked. I have now been unemployed for six years as no bishop I have approached has been willing to offer me even the opportunity of getting my vocation back.

I am probably the only person in the world today who cries for Thomas Mair, the man who killed Jo Cox. I do not in the slightest condone what he did but I honestly understand something of what he feels because I feel it myself. I am not talking about his xenophobia, that comes from out of a paranoia that is not part of my mental health problems, but what I do know is the feeling of worthlessness he lives with every day of his life. Thomas once told a reporter who was doing a story on the gardens in which he was a volunteer worker, "Many people who suffer from mental illness are socially isolated and disconnected from society, feelings of worthlessness are also common mainly caused by long-term unemployment."

I do not find it difficult to imagine how a person who believes himself or herself to have no worth could easily become convinced that life itself is worthless and that the lives of other people have no inherent worth.

When Martin Wharton dismissed me and removed from me my reason for existence he murdered me. It was murder without a  death and I am now faced with an indeterminate period of this living death. I am not exaggerating. Logically I might as well be dead. Worse than that, logically I might as well never have been born. That would have been a mercy.

I believe in God and I believe in judgement and I believe in hell. I do not know what I would be capable of if I did not believe in these things but I fear losing my faith because what can the world take away from the man who has already had everything taken from him and what could then frighten that man?

Bishop Wharton was not arrested for my constructive murder, he was not even reprimanded, not even by his own self-righteous conscience. Ironically, having already taken my life away from me, instead of being punished himself, this man who was supposedly responsible for my spiritual welfare, has condemned me to life imprisonment. I understand that he now enjoys a peaceful retirement in London (somewhere that I cannot even afford to visit let alone reside in).

Maybe depression is the body's way of stopping itself from committing a more natural reaction to the anguish it is being subjected to. Perhaps it sometimes just cannot stop itself. Not an excuse but definitely an explanation and a reminder that no man is solely responsible for his actions and some people, even Church of England bishops, get away with murder.

Brexit – Who Are We Actually Talking About?

If the people of the UK vote to leave the EU next week then liberals will only have themselves to blame in my opinion. For forty odd years there has been a campaign by the liberal elite to stop all discussion about immigration. Somehow liberals have engineered the situation where anybody who has any negative feelings about immigration or cultural change is immediately labelled a racist. The people most affected negatively by immigration are from the working class. Those affected most positively are employers and shareholders. Working class people have learned to keep their views abut immigration to themselves unless they are confident that they are among their own people. They believe that their heartfelt worries and concerns are not being taken seriously by politicians. Worse than that they feel patronised and belittled by politicians (just as much those from the left as from the right), the BBC and the liberal professions (teaching, social services, the Church etc.).

The EU referendum has given working people the opportunity to vent their frustrations about immigration. Although liberals have tried to use the "racism" card throughout the campaign they have not managed to shut down discussion about immigration and now, at least for the working class, the referendum has became primarily about immigration.

But I think there is tragedy and irony in what has happened and what may very well happen on the twenty-third of June. On the whole I do not think the British working class is that hateful of immigration from eastern and southern Europe. From experience they know that people from these countries assimilate quickly into British society and, although retaining a love for their own culture, do not threaten British culture. There is some worry about the affect such immigration has on wages and job opportunities but this will only be temporary. Britain experienced exactly the same situation immediately after the Second World War and it was proved to us at that time that there really was no reason for cultural panic.

I believe that British worries about immigration are worries about immigration by peoples from radically different cultures and with substantially different religious/moral beliefs. We now have enough experience of Islamic immigration to know that a high proportion of these migrants will never assimilate in the same way as the Italians, Poles, Latvians and Ukrainians did in the 1950s. We also know that they will not respect British culture whilst valuing their own in the same way our Chinese and Sikh communities do. Many Muslims despise modern western culture and would replace it with their own if given the opportunity even with violence as recent events have shown. The British working class is on the frontline between Islamic and post-Christian culture and they do not like it.

Now, here's the thing. Because the liberal establishment has made it impossible for working people to complain openly about Islamic immigration working class people are now using the EU referendum as an opportunity to make their views known. Personally, I do not think much of the talk against immigration during the EU referendum debate has been about immigration by EU nation citizens. I think most of it has been about Islamic immigration. The British working class, which is not as stupid as most of the staff at "The Guardian" would have us believe, has hijacked the debate to talk about what they want to talk about for a change.

The tragedy?

That will be if the British working class protests against the immigration of Islamic people from outside of the EU is taken into the polling stations next Thursday and subsequently Brexit wins the day. This will be a tragedy because nobody will end up getting what they want. The liberals will see their agenda knocked back half a century and the working classes will experience, more than anybody else in the UK, the brunt of the economic chaos that is sure to follow.

The irony?

That will be that even more, non-EU Muslims will be encouraged by our business class backed politicians to migrate to the UK to do the crappy jobs that British people refuse to do for the miserable wages that greedy employers and shareholders are willing to pay. Furthermore, there will be no eastern Europeans coming into the country to provide a "Christian" counterbalance.

If only "they" had listened to the concerns (both the valid and the invalid) of the people instead of gagging them with political correctness.

The Saint Laika Summer Appeal 2016 – Update

THREE HUNDRED AND TEN POUNDS

Thanks to the beautiful generosity of eight really good friends
that is the amount raised by this year's summer appeal so far.

WOW! Well done.

We are nearly a third of the way to our target of one thousand pounds.

Here's the blurb:

51PUprKTp1LDear friends of Saint Laika's, once again I need to ask for your assistance in keeping my online ministry alive and kicking. I have no other employment other than my work on the internet and no other source of income. I survive on the regular donations I receive every month from supporters, most of whom have been generously sending me money since I first started this faith-based occupation of mine. Unfortunately, due to the unavoidable loss of a major monthly contribution, I am now trying to make do on about four hundred and fifty pounds a month and it is not easy. Therefore, in order to pay for the extras in life, like clothes and big, unexpected bills, I run two appeals each year, one in December and one in June, in which I ask you to consider making a special, one off donation. It is now time to launch this year's summer appeal.

The target this year is the usual, arbitrary one thousand pounds. We are yet to reach this target but, you never know, perhaps this time we will do it as last time we got very close. The money raised will be spent on the running costs of the Saint Laika's website, my annual holiday and new clothes for me as I have been on a diet and lost so much weight in the last four months or so that none of my trousers fit. I have dropped three waist sizes which is great for my health but not so great for my wardrobe and wallet.

So, please help if you can. Donations can be made through the PayPal widget below. You do not even need a PayPal account to be able to make your donation. Every body who donates will receive a PDF copy of the "Best of the Lord Bishops," my ongoing scurrilous attack on the B.O.Fs of the Church of England hierarchy, who made my present situation and need of your generosity possible.




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Orlando Specifics

If the Orlando massacre was specifically an attack on LGBT people then it was also specifically an attack by a Muslim man and possibly an attack specifically against gay men by, specifically, a man ashamed that he himself was gay.

People who are not gay get murdered by straight women who are not Muslims but if we want to rid the world of acts of terror we must be willing to address the specific. There is a time to generalise and there is a time to name names.

A Very Small God

If Allah hates gay people so much why did he create them in the first place? Did he make a mistake and does he really need men with guns to get rid of his mistakes for him? That wouldn't be very all-powerful in my opinion. Not a god who would be worth getting yourself shot dead for.

It’s A Gay Thing

For for many fundamentalist Christians, the Orlando killings is an opportunity for hating the sinner and loving the sin.

It is of the utmost importance that this act of terrorism is named as a deliberate attack on LGBT people because its "justification" can be found in the religious teachings of most of the world's faiths and we need to eradicate such foul teachings from all theological and philosophical traditions, not just from Islam. Remember, it was not that long ago that a group of white, Christian police officers attacked a gay nightclub in the American south.

God Told Me To Do It

If you truly believe in a god and you believe that a particular book is the word of that god and in the book it states that a particular group of people should be killed then you would not consider it wrong to kill such people. In fact, you would consider it a righteous thing to do. To avoid such a mindset you have to stop believing in the god or stop believing that the book is the word of the god or both.

In order to remain consistent in my moral beliefs and to avoid hypocrisy I decided long ago to believe in God whilst rejecting the claim that the Bible is the word of God. One might think that this rejection of what is, to a large extent, a very long list of specific rules would make moral choices more difficult to decide upon. However, the opposite is true. Without the Law it is possible to live a moral life without contradiction although I accept such a life is rarely, if ever, achieved by "mere" humans and certainly not by me. With the Law you often have to choose between two opposing instructions (love your neighbour or kill your neighbour, for example) which, if you believe both are the word of God, is not just a difficult choice to make, it is an impossible one.

Those Christians who do should stop claiming that scripture is the word of God in their liturgy. The sooner the evil of scriptural fundamentalism is removed from our faith, from all faiths, the safer our world will be for all people.

Day Of The Jackal

Golden jackals are often seen as a pest, blamed for the death of livestock and wild animals as they move from south-central Eurasia into northern Europe, but it has been found that they are only eating the carcasses and remains left by people.

The stomach contents of six hundred and six golden jackals that had been shot or killed on roads were analysed and it was found that most of the jackals’ diet was made up of the skin or intestines of domestic or wild animals discarded by farmers or hunters. They also ate small rodents – which are crop pests.

Based on estimates of Europe’s total jackal population, this wrongly maligned canine may remove thirteen thousand tonnes of animal remains and one hundred and fifty-eight million rodents every year, a service that would cost over one and three quarter million euros.

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Holy Communion For The Fourth Sunday After Pentecost
( The Third Sunday After Trinity )

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There is no way that any of us are good enough through our own endeavours to be deemed worthy to sit and eat at the same table as Jesus Christ but, even so, he does invite us to join him and to do so as his friends. If Christ, who is God, is willing to be one with us then, surely, we should desire to be one with each other. In the sacrament of holy communion our hoped for togetherness with Christ and with our sisters and brothers in Christ becomes a reality, a foretaste of the Kingdom of God which is to come.

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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The MadGang Spot A Seal

A couple of weeks ago, Mrs MP, the three dogs and myself took our caravan up to a campsite near Berwick on Tweed for a few days rest and recuperation. On our last full day there, as we were walking across the old bridge that connects Berwick to Tweedmouth, I spotted a seal lazing on a mudbank only fifty feet or so away from us. Normally these animals prefer more secluded places away from human activity so I took the opportunity to take a few pictures. I do love seals, they remind me of dogs.

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The Working Class Of England Was Not Born Yesterday

The working classes don't really care about how being a member of the European Union benefits the economy because they get so little of the benefit. In or out, they know they are going to end up screwed. It has been this way since Margaret Thatcher cut their balls off. Therefore, the number one issue for the working class is immigration; the effect mass migration into the U.K. has on jobs, wages, the housing stock, public services and culture.

It is no good quoting statistics at them designed to show immigration to be a good thing, because the working class has formed its opinion on what they have experienced and what they have seen and, as they are the people who tend to be at ground zero rather than in some nice des res somewhere in the rural outback, they are probably the most reliable witnesses to the actual state of things. Also, they are not going to be persuaded to vote to remain in Europe by the claim that there is nothing that can be done to stop unrestricted immigration, whether we are in or out. Again, working class people live in the real world, they know that if you lock your front door nobody is going to walk through it.

If politicians want to converse with us then they have to talk our language and not insult us by implying that we are too stupid to understand the situation. The seasoned, socialist campaigner, Dennis Skinner knows this and that is more than likely why he is now backing the Leave option. I have a feeling that Jeremy Corbyn knows it just as well and that is why he is being so unenthusiastic about supporting the Remain campaign. My guess is that the Labour left is quietly hoping that we vote to leave Europe. Then they will allow the right wing of the Conservative party, who will oust Cameron and his supporters, to upset everybody in the UK except the privileged and stinking rich, at which point they will sweep to power at the next general election. Without the encumbrance of EU free trade restrictions they will then be able to renationalise public assets and tax to the hilt the superrich.

Of course, I could be wrong.

Passing Thoughts Of A Mad Priest

I think that if the Remain camp wins the referendum it will not affect Boris Johnson's political career in the slightest. What is more, I also think that if Remain wins David Cameron will still be living on borrowed time as far as being prime minister is concerned. I hate pretty much everything Johnson stands for and represents generally but I am very impressed with his campaigning acumen. Cameron, on the other hand, has consistently been doing a frighteningly accurate impersonation of a drowning man.

Ignore Him And He Will Go Away

The advertisement said contact the team rector to informally discuss the appointment. So I did but I hear nothing back. My guess is that they contact one of the important people in the diocese to check me out and are told not to reply. Either that, or everybody I assumed was decent is as bigoted and cowardly as the bishops of the Church. That would be a terrible thing but the fact that none of my colleagues visited me when I was ill or stood by me when I was being discriminated against or stayed in contact after I was sacked indicates that it is probably the truth of the situation. No wonder the Church of England is dying - it has no love and so it is withering on the vine.

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