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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Don’t Bury Your Gift

Episode date: February 21, 2013
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This parable teaches us that we should not under any circumstances neglect or hide the gifts that God has given us. Mostly, people are fearful of sinning by doing something wrong. Here the sin is to neglect to do what is right.
The poet John Milton was fascinated by this parable and referred to it in a number of his works. In his sonnet: “On his blindness” he writes as follows:-
“When I consider how my light is spent
Ere half my days, in this dark world and wide,
And that one talent, which is death to hide,
Lodged with me useless, though my soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Embraced By Love

Episode date: March 08, 2013
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Over 1700 years ago an infant lay sleeping in a cradle. A small swarm of bees settled on his face much to the great alarm of his parents nearby. However, the swarm rapidly dispersed and the baby’s father, hastening to the cot, found his child unharmed - but with drops of honey on his face. His parents took this to mean that the child would be honey-mouthed and speak sweet words of wisdom. The child’s name was Ambrose.

In adult life Ambrose became a highly respected civil servant and, notably, a pious, honest and good man. As was fairly common in that day a Christian might not be baptised until much later in life. Thus we encounter…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Choices Matter

Episode date: March 15, 2013
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There is a story I once heard of a young man who came home from University for a holiday. He asked his younger brother how things were, and was told everyone was fine although they were a bit concerned about Granny. “She is reading the Bible a lot just lately,” said the younger brother.  “Ah” said the student “I expect she is cramming for her finals”.

Any teacher will tell you that a good student does not leave study until the last minute.  Examinations are scary, we all know that.  The idea of judgement is worse. Western artists have produced some terrifying images and music about the Last judgement. A search…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Salvation is Nearer to Us Now Than When We First Believed

Episode date: March 21, 2013
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The Gospel and the Epistle for this Sunday of Cheesefare prepare us to begin Lent tomorrow. The Gospel from St Matthew, Chapter 6, Verses 14 to 21 urges us not to seek to be noticed when we fast; and the epistle from Romans, Chapter 13, Verse 11 to Chapter 14, Verse 4, encourages us not to judge one another in the context of what we eat, but rather to be deeply aware that “salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.” This link between fasting and salvation remains important for us today as Orthodox Christians as it was to Christians and Jews in the first century Roman Empire. An important question is present for us…

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Let Us Attend

Let Us Attend
June 2, 2013, John 4:5-42, Read for Older Children

Episode date: May 27, 2013
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At that time, Jesus came to a city of Samar’ia, called Sy’char, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and so Jesus, wearied as he was with his journey, sat down beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.
There came a woman of Samar’ia to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samar’ia?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you,…

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