The school term finished yesterday. The end of term service taking place in the church at 11.00, followed by the holidays starting at 12 noon.
There was not the buzz of excitement one would have expected in times past. End of term in the 1970s was a cause for celebration, maybe school is an altogether different place now.
School holidays brought extra children’s television; children’s television now is not what it was.
Children’s television in the 1970s was rationed and it was serious.
The special indulgence by the BBC was …
The BBC this evening reports that the British government has relaxed the rules on fuel tanker drivers’ hours in an attempt to address shortages at filling stations. Of course, if you have money, there will always be fuel available.
Life has always been different if you have money in your pocket.
It is said that after the Easter Rising in Dublin in 1916, as the rebels from the Royal College of Surgeons were being marched down the street, Constance Gore-Booth, the Countess Markievicz, was offered a lift in his motor …
Driving through Abbeyleix on a March evening, an articulated lorry occupied a half dozen of the parking spaces. Its sidelights lit, its stop was no more than a pause. Its probable destination, Dublin, not much more than an hour away. Ireland, being so small, is hardly more than a matter of local deliveries.
Stops elsewhere can punctuate journeys of a different scale. A service station on the autoroute south of Bordeaux can have ranks of lorries, their registration plates an alphabet of European nations. The drivers are seasoned travellers and …
‘Watch out that no one deceives you’ Matthew 24:4
‘Watch’, says Jesus. If we are Christians, we listen to that warning.
In school days during the 1970s, we were regularly treated to sermons on the need to repent or burn in Hell. Sometimes there would be tracts explaining what would befall those who did not believe as the writer did. On one occasion, there were even comic books warning that we were in the Last Times and setting out in detail what was going to happen. There was much emphasis …
“Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered”. Matthew 21:19
There is a children’s hymn by Charles Wesley that captures a sense of how many people feel about Jesus.
Gentle Jesus, meek and mild,
Look upon a little child;
Pity my simplicity,
Suffer me to come to Thee.
If we take certain texts of Scripture to the exclusion of others, particularly those concerned with …
Our Holy Week services begin on Palm Sunday, 1st April and run through until Good Friday, 6th April. We had congregations of up to forty for our week night services last year, and will hope to exceed those numbers this year. This Holy Week we follow Saint Matthew’s telling of the story of Jesus from the entry into Jerusalem until the glorious moment on that first Easter morning. Our services will be as follows:
Palm Sunday 7 pm Seir Kieran
Monday 8 pm Roskelton
Tuesday 8 pm Annatrim…