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The Rector: Faith and the Family

07 June 2015 10.30 Sung Eucharist First Sunday after Trinity Revd Simon Cowling Genesis 3. 8-15; Mark 3. 20-end ‘Bob’s your uncle’. That was, supposedly, the response of the general public to the appointment in 1887 of Arthur Balfour as Chief Secretary of Ireland. It was the Prime Minister of the day, Lord Salisbury, who…

Bishop John Flack: Listening to the Spirit

Editor’s note: Bishop John Flack, formerly Bishop of Huntingdon, is the son-in-law of the late Canon Maurice Slaughter, formerly Priest in Charge of Bolton Abbey, and the late Jean Slaughter. After the Eucharist at which this sermon was preached, Bishop Flack interred the ashes of Jean Slaughter in the Priory Tower alongside those of her…

The Rector: Vive la différence

The Rector Bolton Abbey Parish Magazine June 2015 Vive la différence ‘There will be no mixture of populations to cause endless trouble. A clean sweep will be made.’ This was Winston Churchill’s summary of the agreement at the Potsdam Conference in 1945 that redrew the boundaries of Europe. Fourteen million German speaking civilians, who had…

Louis della-Porta: On prayer and service

17 May 2015 10.30 Sung Eucharist The Seventh Sunday of Easter Louis della-Porta Acts 1.15-17 & 21-end,  John 17.6-19 Lord, may our hearts be open to receive your love, so may our minds be open to hear your word. Amen. Maybe like me, you sometimes struggle with prayer, asking; …how do I pray?…what do I…

The Rector: Joining the Dots

The Rector Bolton Abbey Parish Magazine May 2015 Joining the dots Last month a human tragedy was played out in excruciating detail on the TV news bulletins as some seven hundred would be migrants drowned following the capsizing of their boat in the Mediterranean. Pope Francis, with characteristic directness, got to the heart of the matter:…