St John & St Mark Church Bury
To know, grow and show the love of God
I’m going to try and keep you awake. If I say: ‘bread from heaven’ you reply: ‘feed me now and evermore’. You get bonus point for singing.
Are you now, or have you ever been, an embarrassing parent? Do your saintly children have a ‘Ready-Brek’ aura around them?
Jesus is telling us that we must also come aside and rest awhile. To slow down and pay attention to our own hearts, our own movements.
So, next time that you’re interrupted… just pause a second… before you decide what to do next. Pause before you decide how to respond.
We need a nudge to remember that there are other people in other boats out there when we’re in a storm – and Jesus calms it for them too.
Do not be afraid may be the most common phrase in the scriptures, but we know that we have been afraid; and we will be again.
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.
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