St John & St Mark Church Bury
To know, grow and show the love of God
We’re in Advent – and each Sunday has a reading from Isaiah. Isaiah is a visual prophet. He thinks in pictures. He uses his imagination.
For that that kingdom to be more visible, Christ has to be seen to be believed – and how he is seen is down to you and down to me
Remembrance Sunday – We remember Des Aspin, who had that undefinable something that caused him to stand out and above all those around him.
In this Kingdom season, as we reflect on the Kingdom of God – its freedom, its creativity, its joy and its unity, we re-commit ourselves…
Today is Bible Sunday. It’s the day on which we give thanks for the writings of Scripture and the enlightenment which they can bring.
Jacob is one of the Bible’s anti-heroes. There aren’t too many redeeming features on display. Not many laudable characteristics to emulate.
Naaman goes down to the river – and his flesh is restored like the flesh of a young boy. It’s not just the leprosy that goes. He’s made new.
At some stage, God’s plans will intersect with our own sense of being and purpose. We need to listen and hear and respond. To say: “send me”.
There will be more tail wagging in heaven over one sinner that repents than over 99 righteous persons who need no repentance!
But back from Renton to Moses and the original ‘Choose Life’ monologue from which this was all shamelessly, if maybe unwittingly, pinched.
That’s what the Books of Proverbs is about. Every single moment is a lesson, if we choose to take the opportunity to learn.
Compassion sees broken bodies & broken souls and then does something about it. Because God is not interested in religion but in human beings.
Jesus was an agitator, not a pacifier. He started fires to bring justice for all. God’s love causes division because it makes people uncomfortable.
May the faithfulness of Abraham and Sarah be an example to us so that we too may prove faithful and hopeful in whatever the future holds for us.
That said, don’t you wish Jesus had replied: Martha, go and put your feet up. And to the disciples: Come on boys, we’re going to the kitchen
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