Sunday Link

connecting faith

Sunday Link is specially produced for Anglican Christians, and particularly designed to emphasise the “link” between our Christian faith and everyday life. There is an original reflection each week on one of the Sunday readings, which always aims to reveal something to us about our lives as Christians. This is coupled with an original prayer for you to pray on your own or with others. We also provide articles on various aspects of Christian life.

link

Current themes

tl_files/rpbooks/images/newsletter/SL11theFeb.jpg

Reflections on our month’s readings

The Gospel reading for 4 February, the Second Sunday before Lent, is the very familiar yet moving passage by John where he writes of the mystery of God becoming flesh and dwelling amongst mortals. Margaret Marshall unwraps this to find that this is how humanity gains an opportunity to encounter the mind of God.

 

Margaret continues our reflection the following Sunday, where the readings are about succession management. In 2 Kings Elijah passes on his important role to the young Elisha. In the reading from Mark we witness Jesus’ chosen successors moving closer to his handover of their mission. The upshot is that this Lent we can take the opportunity to reflect on our potential as successors. Are we equipped and ready?

 

As we come to Lent, our reflections on Mark’s Gospel are by Patsy McGregor. We think about God’s approval of his son; Jesus in the desert for forty days; how he preaches the good news. Together these can seem illogical but Lent is a time to think about the realities and sufferings of the world - and ask “What is the good news?”

 

Mark’s Gospel for the Second Sunday of Lent reminds that there are often difficult conversations to be had, particularly about sharing our faith: perhaps too often we dodge these. Psalm 22 is encouraging and reminds us that it was promised that “future generations will be told about the Lord”. Do we?

 

tl_files/rpbooks/images/newsletter/LESSIG SotC.jpg

Stations of the cross

For Lent we start a new series by Fr Denis McBride where he leads us in reflection on the way of the cross. He finds that it was Simon of Cyrene who helped Jesus with his cross, rather than Simon the disciple. Then as Jesus falls for the first time, Fr Denis unpicks that painful episode and what it means to us.

 

tl_files/rpbooks/images/newsletter/eating together.jpg

Lent lunches

In another Lent series for this year Ricarda Witcombe looks at our tradition of Lent lunches: who we might eat with and the outreach that offers. She thinks about the table we eat and share at; and later, in church the table as a different place of invitation.

 

tl_files/rpbooks/images/newsletter/lamb.jpg

Finding God on the Smallholding

As usual, Poppy shows Gillian Cooper a parallel between her behaviour and our own with God. Poppy expects a treat and so do we; yet it is not always in our best interests to have one.

 

tl_files/rpbooks/images/newsletter/dog 3.jpg

Walking with Poppy

Poppy the dog doesn’t like wearing a coat when it’s cold, which makes for a big sympathy vote from other owners. But it also reveals the wonderful differences and detail between all God’s creatures.

 

tl_files/rpbooks/images/newsletter/Ashing.jpg

Chaplain’s blog

Ash Wednesday is big at Marcus Bull’s school where he is the school chaplain. Students and staff queue up to be ashed. Many ask whose ashes they are using … but Marcus takes this further to remind them what this is really all about.

 

 

tl_files/rpbooks/images/newsletter/women talking.jpg

Diary from West Virginia

As a clergy spouse, Helen van Koevering has moved around a bit. She knows that change isn’t always welcome and can be hard and sad. But in sharing this, she has become more aware of the unspoken words that are said, how to receive words - and how, we are understood, that changes everything.

 

Live the Word

Have you seen...

... Live the Word, a newsletter to sustain you through the week. This Sunday sheet for Anglicans details the readings through the week and offers a commentary. It also contains a carefully planned series of articles that will help readers enrich their prayer life. It is an A4 sheet with one side blank for parish notices. For a free month's trial contact our sales team on 01420 88222 or email sales@rpbooks.co.uk.

Who puts your newsletter together?

Sunday Link is edited by Caroline Hodgson, and designed by Peena Lad.

tl_files/rpbooks/images/newsletter/Caroline Hodgson.jpg

Caroline Hodgson

Writer and editor Caroline Hodgson started working with Redemptorist Publications in 2005. She joined as Editor in 2014 and took on the role of Anglican Adviser in 2015. Before this she was a freelance writer and editor. She worked for academic journals and corporate clients, specialising in Christian publishing and communications. Among the publications she has written or edited for Redemptorist Publications are the two recent books for church schools: How to Survive as a Governor in a Church School (2016), and How to Survive Working in a Church School (2017). She currently edits RP's regular Anglican resources: The Christian Personal Planner, Common Worship Living Word, Live the Word and Sunday Link.

More examples

FREE MONTH'S TRIAL FOR YOUR PARISH

If you would like a free month's trial of this parish bulletin, without any further obligation, you just have to ask and as long as we have sufficient stocks, we will provide you with copies immediately.  Let us know how many copies you require each week, your parish name and delivery address and we will send you enough to cover a full month in your parish absolutely free.