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Mervyn Flecknoe

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About Mervyn Flecknoe

Mervyn has worked as an engineer, as a teacher and headteacher in comprehensive schools, as a university lecturer and latterly as a dry-stone waller, and lay pastor of the church. He also serves as Eco Officer. His hobbies include walking and he leads holidays in Italy and here in the UK, especially holidays for families. He has been a local preacher in the Methodist Church for fifty years and has been riding motorbikes for slightly longer. He is married to the girl of his dreams and has several children and grandchildren of whom he is inordinately proud.

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: April 21st 2019: Easter in the Rear View Mirror

Sometimes, I look back at reflections that I have written and sometimes cringe at wilful cruelty to the English Language, or at an inadvertently hurtful comment.  Sometimes I am surprised and pleased by what my younger, and less experienced self, wrote.  So, on this joyful Eastertide, I am offering again, with slight corrections, the first [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: April 14th 2019: Adulation

Palm Sunday has only one story, and pretty much everyone knows it.  Adulation is the theme.  Jesus accepted the desire of people to honour him and to make their admiration public with rejoicing.  Jesus acknowledged their desire and probably played his full part in the way the crowd wanted to recognise him despite his trepidation [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: April 7th 2019: Using our Senses

Paul, in Ephesians 3, explains how he counts as error his previous life of adherence to the letter of the Jewish Law.  Now that he uses the senses with which God equipped him, he realises that there is a much better way, the way of Jesus.  And there is a goal to strive for which [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: March 31st 2019: Mothering Sunday

Judges chapter 5 is possibly the oldest piece of Jewish poetry in existence, dating from 3200 years ago.  It is often called The Song of Deborah.  Prophet and Judge to Israel, Deborah was known for her wisdom, courage and compassionate zeal for justice.  She provided an example of leadership that wasn’t normally seen in society [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: March 24th 2019: The habit of Gratitude

At the beginning of Luke 13, Jesus asks the disciples whether they think that bad things only happen to bad people, or whether they just happen.  Jesus supplies his own answer.  Psychologists tell us that our minds find it difficult to cope with the idea of bad things happening to good people.  Our minds, evidently, [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: March 10th 2019: Lent Expectations

Deuteronomy 26 contains instructions about how people are to deal with their wealth.  Their first, and subsequent, harvests after coming into the promised land, has to be an occasion of gratitude.  Each person must take a representative sample of their crops and offer it to the priest whilst reciting a poem that recalls how their [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: March 3rd 2019: Paul vs Moses

There are two related readings today, presumably included in the lectionary deliberately by the church for our guidance, about the authority of the Old Testament laws.  On these laws the Pharisees had built an edifice of control and condemnation;  laws that were no doubt essential to bring wandering tribes from the mentality of slavery into some semblance [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor:February 24th 2019: Forgiveness and Growth

Today’s readings have two connected themes: forgiveness and the impossibly fantastic potential of people to change.  The story of Joseph in Genesis 45 tells how Joseph forgave his brothers for selling him into slavery;  that must have been hard for them to take and is surely Mandella-like in its magnanimity.   Paul’s explanation in I Corinthians [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: February 17th 2019: Forgiveness

Today’s readings, in Ephesians (4:32) and Colossians (3:13) emphasize the link between being grateful for personal forgiveness and being able to forgive others. There is surely always a connection.  When I fail to acknowledge my need for forgiveness, when I try to bury the wrong I have done, when I conceal the mistake that I [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: February 10th 2019: Trust

How do we know whom to trust?  More to the point, how do we make sure that our children find out quickly enough in their short teenage years whom to trust?  “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to no one”, is wise advice from Shakespeare; but the Bible was not written by people who [...]

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