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Orchid Spikes

One common aspect of the orchid spikes is that all vary in colour.
Another is that as flowers come out going up the spike sequentially
their colour darkens.  Ths phot shows colour difference in Common
Spotted Orch, and also, though not very clearly, that the RH spike
darkens a bit going up the spike.  I have hundreds of photos and it
would probably need a selection of 2 or 3 to show up the main changes
in one of the species

Bill Smyllie


Walking and our Reformed Roots

Quotation: Walking was chosen not simply because it was healthy exercise...In this extract from the St Andrews' Messenger (March 2013), Member and Elder, Jean Russell, makes a connection between walking and our Reformed roots:

60-second Sermon BBC Radio Sheffield 12th December 2010

Snow slows us down. Just as we were poised to post presents and prepare for parties, snow came down and slowed us down.
Some people decided this was a time to sledge and snowball. Others more cautiously stayed put, relying for supplies on family or neighbours. Some carried on regardless, inching along icy roads; getting into school or work late, leaving early. But, one way or another, snow slowed all of us down.

University Chaplaincy sermon on Redemption

Leviticus 25:47-50; Hebrews 9:1-14

What's in a name?

What's in a name? Shakespeare reckoned that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but what if it were renamed the Lesser Stinkwort?
Recently I had a conversation about the blessing we sing at church when someone is baptised or married:
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

Sermon for the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe

Leuenberg, Fellowship and the Dishonest Steward

60-second sermon for BBC Radio Sheffield, 20th December 2009

Sixty-Second Sermon
Getting ready for Christmas; don't you just love it?
Will you find the must-have go-go hamster in time?
Will anyone eat their sprouts?
Will your nerves survive the family gathering?
Who's going to pay for it all?
On the first Christmas Day it was quite different.
Dressed all in blue, Mary cradles her smiling newborn son, watched devotedly by dewy-eyed cattle and respectful rustics, while alleluiaing angels hover overhead.
Oh yeah?
Well, maybe on the planet Krypton.

University of Sheffield Carol Service sermon 2009

Melanie's loved Christmas ever since she was a child. Now she has children of her own, it's even better. But how's she going to afford all their presents this year, since Kevin's lost his job?
Peter's got a heavy cold. Or it might be swine flu. He doesn't want to do anything but go home and be cossetted by Mum, even if he does get dragged out to church on Christmas Day. But believe in Jesus? Are you serious? That's like Santa Claus, isn't it? Just for little kids.

60-Second-Sermon - Radio Sheffield 20th September 2009

The students are coming, hurrah, hurrah! I bet that's what you're thinking as traffic jams thicken and night-time noise levels rise. Many people who see students as the lowest form of life have children at college. But of course that's different.
I used to know an old lady who thought black people should go back where they came from - and she didn't mean Birmingham. But not the Nigerians next door, who helped with her shopping. They were her neighbours. And that was quite different.

Nothing to do with me! May 2009

I don't know about you, but I find it frighteningly easy to adopt a kind of tunnel vision and dismiss whatever's outside my immediate sphere of interest. Every Saturday evening there will be cultural delights on offer in the city centre - but you'll guess what I'm focussing on: getting my sermon written! The spring weather has been lovely recently, but I've not really noticed it - because I've been too busy preparing for our Holy Week and Easter services.


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