Rev Dr Bob Mayo Queens Park Rangers Chaplain and Vicar of St Stephen's

Parish the Thought: Stamp of the Trinity

This weekend is Trinity Sunday. The stamp of the Trinity is on us all. Each Church has a story to tell, a fellowship to build and a mission to pursue. The Father’s love is the story we tell. The Son’s service is the mission we follow. The Holy Spirit’s fellowship is the relationships we form. […]

Rev Dr Bob Mayo Queens Park Rangers Chaplain and Vicar of St Stephen's

Parish the Thought: Language and Silence

This Sunday is Pentecost. God gave to the disciples the words with which to speak so that devout pilgrims from all over the world could understand what was being said as if their own mother tongue were being spoken (Acts 2:1-11). The generative power of words is shown in the creation account. Genesis does not […]

Rev Dr Bob Mayo Queens Park Rangers Chaplain and Vicar of St Stephen's

Parish the Thought: Controlling Time

In the Gospel for this Sunday the image of Jesus as the vine and we as the branches teaches us that we are not in control of time (Jn 15:1-8). Plants grow in their own time. If God had wanted the rose to grow in winter he would have let it be so. Instead we […]

Rev Dr Bob Mayo Queens Park Rangers Chaplain and Vicar of St Stephen's

Parish the Thought: Good Shepherding

In the Gospel for this Sunday Jesus is pictured as the Good Shepherd (John 10:1-18). It is an image expressing the Church’s care, concern and commitment to the well being of others. We have a responsibility to care for those who are the most weak and vulnerable in our society. In our local context loneliness […]

Parish the Thought: Resurrection or Release?

In the Gospel for this Sunday the disciples see the risen Christ and think that he is a spirit. Jesus reassures them that he is the same physical person he always was (Luke 24:36-48). In our society we make the same mistake as the disciples when we think of the dead person as a spirit […]

Rev Dr Bob Mayo Queens Park Rangers Chaplain and Vicar of St Stephen's

Parish the Thought: Just Wait One Day

This weekend is Easter. Easter Saturday is a day of disappointment when we can think of our failures and take heart. Anyone whose hopes have been thwarted can see how the Easter story touches their situation. Every school child that has been bullied, every person whose marriage has ended, every worker that has been laid […]

Rev Dr Bob Mayo Queens Park Rangers Chaplain and Vicar of St Stephen's

Parish the Thought: Being and Doing

This Sunday is Palm Sunday. There would have been two obvious approaches for Jesus to have adopted towards a hostile Roman army. He could have been the political messiah and confronted the Romans. This was the approach of the zealots who were a group of political activists determined to see an end to Roman rule […]

Rev Dr Bob Mayo

Parish the Thought: Clearing the Temple

 The Gospel for this Sunday is the story of Jesus clearing the Temple of moneychangers and people trading in animals ready for sacrifice (Mark 8.31-38). There was chaos and confusion in what Jesus did but no indication in the text that he was angry. Anger is emotive and immediate. Jesus was purposeful and deliberate in […]

Parish the Thought Rev Dr Bob Mayo

Parish the Thought: Good News Starts With Bad

In the Gospel passage for this Sunday John is put in prison as Jesus returns from his time in the wilderness and comes into Galilee, announcing the Good News of the Kingdom of God (Mark 1:9-15). Good news starts with bad news and how central to the Christian faith is this so. We both mourn […]

Parish the Thought: Finishing and Passing

In the Gospel reading for this Sunday Jesus is transformed in front of his disciples and appears with Moses and Elijah (Mark 9:2-9). The incident is a handing over from the Old to the New. The Prophets are passing on the mantle of leadership to the Messiah and to those who will become a part […]