St John & St Mark Church Bury
To know, grow and show the love of God
The kingdom of God is like a gardener. But this gardener doesn’t exactly seem to be pushing himself. He throws some seed and goes back to bed
Most of us rarely face real danger. There is stress, perhaps, but actual danger, not so much. However, sometimes life changes.
Coming to faith happens in different ways. For some it’s a gentle, gradual process which may happen over many years. For others, it’s sudden.
How different would things have been if the church had taken the towel and the bowl from the foot washing as its sign rather than the cross?
This week it’s a vine, branches – and an Ethiopian in a chariot. We’re still in Easter Season and still getting a sense of who this Jesus is.
In the Wilderness, God showed up – and if he didn’t, the people perished. But people soon forget. They did then – and we do now.
There’s a theme today of listening for the shepherd’s voice… the nearest most of us get are woolly jumpers, shepherd’s pie and Countryfile.
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.
Thomas’ insistence on testing the truth made it possible for us to believe in the resurrection, to give us assurance, to accept Jesus’ words.
Mark the brief. Mark the sometimes hasty; Mark who gets to the point and gets there quickly. And the point is: HE HAS BEEN RAISED!
Is your least favourite time of the church year Maundy Thursday? And for no other reason than because it’s the ‘Washing of Feet Day’?
Did you notice something un-expected in our Gospel reading today from Mark? Frankly, Jesus acts like he’s a day-tripping tourist.
Jeremiah isn’t often known for hope and consolation. Indeed he has a reputation for being a miserable so-and-so, mournful and sorrowful.
For most folk it’s Mother’s Day and mums are waiting to be thanked, treated and loved. Quite right too, as there is nobody like your mum.
Noah got out of the ark, gave thanks to God, had a barbecue, where he burnt everything and then he got drunk. Maybe it was on a Friday night?
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