Autumn


Don't you just love Autumn? The season where nature bursts into glorious colour, where fruits and berries become ripe and the harvest is ready for bringing in. Where mornings are cool and dewy and afternoons are hazy and languid. Where thoughts begin to turn towards filling and nutritious stews and soups for tea, and warm …

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PamBook Entry – 5th September


Today is… Sunday, 5th September What I’ve been up to today… I was in the congregation at St Chad’s church in New Moston this morning, then was back there for a baptism at 1.30pm.   What I see from my window… clear skies and stars  On my mind is… a new tunic top I want to draft and …

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Prayers For A Hurting World


My heart is hurting tonight; there is so much violence, hatred, negativity and division going on in our world today that it almost feels like my heart is going to break. How and where do I start to pray? Jesus' advice was "pray to God our Father and he will hear you if you pray …

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Jesus is the Bread of Life


Taken from my sermon this morning. The readings are: Exodus 16: 2 – 4, 9 - 15, Ephesians 4: 1 - 16, John 6: 24 - 35 In the name of the God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen I’m going to start by asking you a question: What do you hunger …

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Bread of Life


I'm giving you a sneak preview of tomorrow's sermon with today's post. We are in the middle of a 5 week set of readings in the Church of England lectionary that talk about bread, and I'll be preaching tomorrow at St Peter's then St John's focusing on what Jesus said : "I am the bread …

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Giving Thanks


This post is the 200th consecutive piece I've published on the Mushy Cloud this year, and so I thought I would mark the occasion by listing 20 things I have been most grateful for this year. They are not in any particular order by the way, just like the Mushy Cloud, it is an eclectic …

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Blessed Light


As I sit here tonight writing my blog post at the end of a very busy day, I am thinking about light. For the first time in several months I have been online doing some vocational training, and also for the first time in several months I have had to put my desk lamp on …

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Retreat Day 1


I was so privileged and blessed to spend the first full day of my pre-ordination retreat in this beautiful place today. St Paul's Church, Blackley We had a couple of online sessions where we looked at different icons that have been written about Jesus' birth and death, and we have been encouraged to reflect deeply …

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God Cares


I had a brilliant conversation tonight with my family in our garden, and in the midst of it, my brother asked, "But does God really care ?" It's a great question, and definitely one to talk about over a few beers and some pizza on a warm summer's night. We talked about our different experiences, …

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Don’t Underestimate God


I'm finding it hard to wait at the minute - waiting for the pandemic to be over, waiting to be ordained, waiting to "get on with things", waiting for my big birthday, waiting for a holiday, waiting for...lots of stuff. This from Toby Mac today has helped me realise that there is value in the …

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