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The heavens declare

The heavens declare

At our last Sunday@Seven I was given a two minute slot to say something about Psalm 19. Think of it as a speed sermon! The intention is to have an ‘open mic’ section in future Sunday@Seven services for anyone who feels led to share a word or two, either prepared or off the cuff.

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Seeing is believing – or is it?

Seeing is believing – or is it?

Seeing is believing – or is it? Do we believe everything we read in the newspapers or see on television or on film? Not always and rightly so. You only have to see what can be done to a digital photograph using the latest computer technology to know that the old adage “What can’t speak can’t lie” is no longer true.

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May 2019 church magazine

May 2019 church magazine

Here’s our May magazine. There are articles here on the recent Muslim Christian Forum and details of the walk around our Benefice Boundary. This is about 12 miles long and will be on May 4th. A particularly special date is Wednesday 8th May when Jim Metcalf will be talking to the Open Group about his work with Community Action Nepal. This is a charity founded by Doug Scott CBE. Jim will also be sharing some of his stunning mountain photography.

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Bible readings for May 2019

Bible readings for May 2019

Here are the Bible readings that we will be using in church during May.

In this Easter season we have readings from Acts rather than the Older Testament.

You could play ‘spot the sermon’ – which passage is the preacher most likely to preach on and what do you think they will say?

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Glory of the Risen Lord – S@S

Glory of the Risen Lord – S@S

Our next Sunday@7 service will be on April 28th, meeting together in the hall at Christ Church. In the follow up to Easter, the theme this time is: ‘The Glory of the Risen Lord’.

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.

They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.

Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.

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Blowing the doors off

Blowing the doors off

Fragrance has deep significance for us. It’s supposed to be one of the best memory triggers. Even years on, a certain aroma can take us back to a particular time and place. Our Gospel reading tells us about Mary, washing the feet of Jesus with a pint of pure spikenard. A pint!

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April 2019 magazine

April 2019 magazine

It has been a long haul! I noticed in a certain large supermarket a notice reminding customers that Easter was on 21st April – and that was at the beginning of March. They must have been worried that after nearly two months of eggs on the shelves customers would be getting concerned about sell-by dates and/or whether, after all this time, they might have missed Easter altogether!

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Bible readings for April 2019

Bible readings for April 2019

Here are the Bible readings that we will be using in church during April. This month covers Easter and beyond – so again there are some wonderful, familiar passages to rediscover.

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Count the stars

Count the stars

God uses that amazing visual aid. He says to Abram “Look up at the sky and count the stars – if indeed you can count them. So shall your offspring be”. Abram had said look at me… God said look up, look out, look beyond. I’m going to wildly exceed your expectations.

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Approaching Easter – S@S

Approaching Easter – S@S

Our next Sunday@Seven service will be on March 31st, meeting together in the Barritt room in St John’s Hall.

The theme this time is: ‘Approaching Easter’ and we will be looking at some of the events leading up to Easter.

Of course the technical term for this period is Lent. As someone once said “Lent is from the Latin word meaning giving stuff up and not banging on about it!”

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March 2019 magazine

March 2019 magazine

Here’s our March 2019 magazine. The hard copy version is available in both our churches, St John and St Mark’s Bury and Christ Church Walmersley. It includes news and views as well as prayers, reflections and what’s on. There’s a special piece on John Wesley and details about our Lent Bible Studies.

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Bible readings for March 2019

Bible readings for March 2019

Here are the Bible readings that we will be using in church during March.

We’re in the run-up to Easter and there are some wonderful, familiar passages to rediscover.

So if you can’t be with us or if you want to read the passages in advance, then here you go.

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Lent Bible Studies: Rehearsing Scripture

Lent Bible Studies: Rehearsing Scripture

For our Lent Bible Studies this year we will be following a fascinating approach to looking at Scripture.

This will be based on work done by Anna Carter Florence, in her book ‘Rehearsing Scripture’, which really encourages us to encounter and experience the Bible passages together.

We’ll be meeting throughout Lent at Christ Church Hall on Thursday afternoons from 2pm and Monday evenings at 150 Walmersley Road from 7.30pm.

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Blessings and Woes

Blessings and Woes

The Beatitudes in Matthew are essentially attached to what you might call inner, spiritual qualities – things like meekness, righteousness and mercy. In Luke they are attached to external, physical conditions of poverty and suffering. Both lists are a series of bombshells.

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The axe woman cometh

The axe woman cometh

My wife has a thing about trees – and not in a good way if you’re a tree. When I said I was talking about trees today she said “Shall I chop one down and you can use it as a visual aid?” You see she has both means and motive…

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