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Northern Church Leaders

After attending Mission Council last week, in High Leigh, I was able to attend the 24-hour retreat for Northern Church Leaders at Hinsley Hall in Leeds. It proved to be an extremely reflective opportunity with input from the Revd Dr Malcolm Guite, a poet theologian, Bye-Fellow and Anglican Chaplain at Girton College in the University of Cambridge.

As you journey in this Holy Week, through the Passion towards Easter Sunday, I would offer you one of Malcolm’s sonnets set for the start of this week and simply called “Palm Sunday”:



Now to the gate of my Jerusalem,

The seething holy city of my heart,

The saviour comes. But will I welcome him?

Oh crowds of easy feelings make a start;

They raise their hands, get caught up in the singing,

And think the battle won. Too soon they’ll find

The challenge, the reversal he is bringing

Changes their tune. I know what lies behind

The surface flourish that so quickly fades;

Self-interest, and fearful guardedness,

The hardness of the heart, its barricades,

And at the core, the dreadful emptiness

Of a perverted temple. Jesus come

Break my resistance and make me your home.


Web links:-

Malcolm Guite: (a sonnet for each day in Holy Week)

Linda Richardson: (to see a series of paintings to accompany Malcolm’s sonnets)

I pray this Easter that you, and all within our congregations in the Synod, may know in a fresh way the joy of resurrection hope and the work of God in Christ through us who “graciously gives us all good things” (Romans 8:32).

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