marriage blossom

As two we love are wed –
long time in the making –
together in this marriage
families unite within bonds
of love of friendships already
held.  This moment, a new beginning
nurtured over years and upon
relationships of old. May this new
found love flourish bringing to birth
a blossom burst of old and new together.


written for Greg and Vickie married today 22nd April

Leaving Prayer

Roll out the Vicar…   my contribution to our leavers service in the school.

A Leaving Prayer

God we pray:

May you who leave this place:
Take with you every blessing you have received here:

Blessings of friendship
Blessings of memories
Blessings of knowledge

And may you who leave here today to begin a new journey, leave us your blessing; your uniqueness, the mark you leave on this place that is only you.

May you all be refreshed this summer, Teachers, Pupils, Support Staff, and parents,

So when term begins again,
You may all meet new challenges, new places, new people,
with a bright and cheerful heart.

So we pray that all may grow and learn to live with Love.

May God bless you all this day and through all the days to come.  Amen.

Preparing for harvest

Sheaf of Wheat

Sheaf of Wheat

This is the first harvest of some wheat I grew this year as an experiment.  I only grew a small patch, so harvesting when each stalk was ready was easy.  It’s drying at the moment, but when ready I’ll be preparing it and grinding some flour.  When all is harvested and prepared I hope to have enough to bake a loaf for our harvest festival, big enough for everyone to have a small piece to take away -a la ‘Blessed Bread’ in the orthodox tradition and talk about bread, the process, food and time.  I might even use this reflection as a bread blessing.