Consecration Sunday - Reflection by Canon Leslie


Read Canon Leslie's reflection and join us for worship online on Sunday, 18 July, 2021.

Today’s Gospel reading continues our journey through Mark’s Gospel and brings us to the end of chapter 6. Earlier in chapter 6 we have been introduced to Jesus’ rejection in his home town. Throughout his Gospel, Mark draws a clear contrast between the reception given to Jesus by the religious and political leaders and the reception given to him by the common people.  In the previous episode of chapter 6, John the Baptist's execution at the hands of Herod foreshadowed Jesus’ own painful death.  Now, by way of complete contrast, we are shown how the common people flocked around Jesus, to the point that Jesus and his disciples had no leisure even to eat.

For those of you who wanted to do some thinking and preparation for today’s service during the preceding week, I invited reflection on the image of fan club. In today’s picture, from his book People Everywhere, Teddy Horsley joins a musical fan club.

Lord Jesus Christ,

the crowds came to meet you

and recognised your power.

Make yourself known to those who seek you today,

that your power may be recognised throughout the world;

for you are our God.


Next Sunday our journey through Mark’s Gospel is interrupted by a reading from John’s Gospel. The lectionary switches our attention to John’s account of the feeding of the five thousand. The image to help us to prepare for next Sunday’s theme is world breads. You can find out more about that theme here We would really appreciate you letting us know how you are using these materials. Please send us your ideas and photos of the things you may create; email them to

To read more about People Everywhere and for more adventures with Teddy Horsley, please do visit his page under the Resources section of the St. Mary’s Centre website:, as well as his own website:

You are warmly invited to join us in worship online. We are livestreaming our 10:30am service on both our Facebook and YouTube pages. To stream the service on Facebook, follow this link to our Facebook page: To stream the service on YouTube, follow this link to our YouTube page:

Teddy Horsley sends his Sunday greetings to all.

Canon Leslie