As we come to the end of a month-long celebration of water and the many ways it touches our lives as people and as people of faith, finally a post on baptism. “Whenever I hear the sound of water flowing or see the water poured in the sacrament of baptism, my soul is deeply moved … Continue reading "Waters of baptism"
River Kelvin, Glasgow, where Rev. Norman Hutcheson grew up Rev. Norman Hutcheson served 2 terms as locum during a recent vacancy in my home congregation in Rotterdam. During his second stint in September 2015, with the Paris Climate talks due to take place in December 2015, he chose as overarching theme for the month “Climate … Continue reading "Environmentally water-wise"
Jesus meets John for the first time based on a Christmas card I made years ago In the womb We start out life in the relatively safe confines of our mother’s womb, cushioned by a body of water, until the waters break and it’s time to show our face and let our voice be heard. … Continue reading "Body of water"
Below is a sample of news articles on the topic of water published in the last month. Good news, bad news, out of this world news (like the fact that they found water on the moon). Whatever the news, may the Holy Spirit help us discern if the news story is also a call … Continue reading "Water world news"
Here is an Ancient Irish Prayer, selected for its multiple references to water, our current theme of the month. The prayer incorporates Latin phrases from the Gloria, an ancient hymn of praise to the Trinity that has been in use in the Church since the second century: Laudamus Te, benedicimus Te, adoramus Te, glorificamus Te. … Continue reading "Ancient Irish Prayer"
PDF version This prayer sheet is inspired by the July 2017 theme of the month: Water. The prayers reference different aspects of water we find in the Bible, to help us connect with the giver of this gift that is so vital to our health and well-being, and to pray for those who thirst. … Continue reading "Theme: Come to the waters"
North of Belfast, en route to the Giant’s Causeway (photo: Irene Bom) Theme: Water. Here is a psalm featuring the majesty of the ocean waves, reminding us that their power is nothing compared with the power that God has to sustain all life and to bring about change. The Lord reigns, he is robed in … Continue reading "Mightier than the crashing waves"
Mid-June our ladies Bible Group group reflected on PSALM 63, with its rich imagery and strong verbs. I was moved by David’s ability to use his physical circumstances (in the Desert of Judah) to inform his poetry. The theme of dry and parched established in the beginning (v.1) finds a resolution in v. 5 where … Continue reading "From parched to satisfied"
Isaiah 12:3 (NIVUK) reads: “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” “wells of salvation” – plural Many years ago I took time to meditate on this verse. I imagined that some wells have well-trodden paths leading to them and may bring us in direct contact with others as we wait in … Continue reading "The wells of salvation"
Quiet near a little stream