Patara Beach

On this beach sound and sand we lay ourselves to rest: an annual punctuation, a colon and breathing space, kindling and basking delighted by overlapping waves of welcome: a silver thread in tiredness’ tapestry. Tourists and turtles take their turns digging to cool sand for new generation; young engineers make their marks and build playful […]

Leaving us for good – a sermon for Ascension Day

Notes for a sermon preached at Holy Trinity, Gee Cross. Introduction Our two readings come from the end of Luke’s Gospel and the beginning of the Book of Acts. (Acts 1:1-11 and Luke 24:44-53) Luke ends his Part One and begins his Part Two with a celebration of Jesus’ Ascension. At first glance it looks […]

A turnaround

And so we set sail from Patara. Well we flew home from our holidays actually. We arrived in Patara fairly wrecked, but left refreshed and restored, thanks to the place, its people, many friends and a great climate. We thrived on the wonderful welcome and service we had (particular thanks to Nadi and Mehmet at […]