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The Shema and worship

The Shema and worship

Our reading from Deuteronomy is known as the Shema. It gets to the very heart of worship. It tells us who God is and what our response should be.

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Bible Sunday and Isaiah

Bible Sunday and Isaiah

Today is Bible Sunday. There are 39 books in the OT, and 27 in the NT. Appropriately our reading today is from Isaiah, which has 66 chapters.

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Who is the suffering servant?

Who is the suffering servant?

Did the Ethiopian eunuch see himself as the Suffering Servant. Did he see a link between the words that he read and his own experience?

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Take heart

Take heart

Take heart. Remember that Jesus never asks his disciples to leave, no matter how they stumbled. He never gives up on us – neither should we.

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Good reasons for hope

Good reasons for hope

Our next monthly Sunday evening worship service will be at 7pm on October 31st, 2021. The theme this time is: ‘Good reasons for hope’ and it will be led by Nigel Silvester.

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God’s fingerprints

God’s fingerprints

Those hands that flung stars into space and surrendered to cruel nails left their fingerprints on you too. If you just look closely enough. 

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A soft heart

A soft heart

You always know there is going to be trouble when you hear or read the words “Some Pharisees”. Because some…

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Psalm 19

Psalm 19

It’s Creation Season and I couldn’t not talk about Psalm 19 today. Abraham Heschel compared these first verses to someone with ‘presence’.

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October 2021 church magazine

October 2021 church magazine

In the October 2021 church magazine you’ll find all the regular news & views plus a reflection on the life of Arthur Smith who died aged 106.

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October 2021 Bible readings

October 2021 Bible readings

The October 2021 Bible readings include God being creative then repaying for years that the locust has eaten and Jesus restoring his friend.

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But they were silent

But they were silent

“What were you arguing about on the way?” But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest.

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We all have an agenda

We all have an agenda

The disciples also had their agenda.  It was pretty much a one item affair, but it was important to them, who was the greatest?

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Telling the Story

Telling the Story

Our next monthly Sunday evening informal worship is at 7pm on September 26th, 2021. It will be called: ‘Telling the Story’.

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Can we do this?

Can we do this?

Jesus said, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves, take up their cross and follow me.” My question is: “Can we do this?”

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Perseverance

Perseverance

Do you ever have those days when you really have to stick at something, to show perseverance, when you would much rather simply give in!  I have had one of those last week when I had to sort out our television licence.

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