Author Archives: Gerry Lynch

“Out of Our Depth”: Sermon Preached at St John’s, Devizes on Sunday 9 August 2020 (the 9th Sunday After Trinity)

Readings – 1 Kings 9:9-18, Matthew 14:22-33 But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’ Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, ‘You … Continue reading

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Cassettes, Communion, and Guardians of the Galaxy: Online Worship isn’t the Answer to Everything

Young people are getting back into cassettes and compilations; whatever merits it has, online worship can’t be the future of the Church, at least not on its own. Continue reading

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Sermon Preached at St John’s Devizes on Sunday 19 July 2020, the 6th Sunday After Trinity

Readings – Romans 8:12–25, Matthew 13:24–30, 36–43 “…in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let both of them grow together until the harvest.” May I speak in the name of God, who is Father, Son, … Continue reading

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Twilight View of the Kyiv Pechersk-Lavra Monastery Complex

Viewed here from the Paton Bridge is the enormous and ancient Pechersk Lavra monastery complex in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. This is the crucible in which East Slavic Orthodoxy was formed and is arguably the third most important religious community … Continue reading

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Devizes Market Square, West Side

Early morning photo of the west side of the Market Square of Devizes in Wiltshire including The Bear Hotel and The Corn Exchange. Continue reading

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Beginning Public Ministry in a Liminal Time

Hundreds of people who should have been ending a long road to ordained ministry this week have instead been commissioned as lay ministers via videoconference. Can this experience of liminality help us serve God by helping midwife the new life he and the world seek? Continue reading

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Orbán, Trianon, and the Rebirth of Nationalism

It is well worth reading Viktor Orbán’s speech on the 100th anniversary of the Treaty of Trianon, which was last Thursday and I didn’t even notice until it passed. Let’s start with this passage towards the end, which needs little … Continue reading

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Let’s Worship Outside

The dreadful news that more than a hundred people were infected with coronavirus at a single, legally permitted, church service in Germany earlier this month should make it transparent that we are unlikely any time soon to be returning to … Continue reading

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The Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

The Sheldonian Theatre, located in Oxford, England, was built from 1664 to 1669 after a design by Christopher Wren for the University of Oxford. The building is named after Gilbert Sheldon, chancellor of the University at the time and the … Continue reading

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Chapel Address at Evensong, St Stephen’s House, Oxford, 4 November 2019

Chapel Address at Evensong, St Stephen’s House, Oxford, 4 November 2019 Gerry Lynch “When you talk to God, it’s called prayer. When God talks to you, it’s called insanity.” That bon mot came to mind as I pondered today’s readings … Continue reading

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