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February 2020 magazine

February 2020 magazine

Here’s our February 2020 magazine. There’s news and views plus articles on Lent. There are also pieces on the Lite lunch and the Pantomime. Plus this letter from our Authorised Lay Minister Nigel Silvester…

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February 2020 Bible readings

February 2020 Bible readings

Here are the February 2020 Bible readings which we’ll be using in church as the season of Epiphany moves into Lent. This month we leap from the Presentation in the Temple to the Transfiguration, encountering soap, salt and bushels along the way… all in a few weeks.

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Ecclesia

Ecclesia

This is challenging stuff. It is clear that ticking-over is not an option. To achieve the Vision we do need to change gear from just maintaining what we have and to move into mission mode. That means we need to do more than turn up for worship on a Sunday…

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Stop and Listen

Stop and Listen

Moses was 80 years old. He’d been tending someone else’s flock for 40 years. One day, he was out with the sheep, probably thinking about his pension plan, when he took a different path – and from there he saw a bush that was burning. His life completely changed direction…

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Identifying

Identifying

Old Trafford has a number of places of worship. Our banns were heard at St Hilda’s, Old Trafford. But far and away the largest place of worship has thousands of adherents. Every Saturday, or thereabouts, they gather to chant devotion to their god. At times they will invite the leader of the worship, dressed in black, to improve his eyesight. They cheer whenever the team in red puts the ball into the net…

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Wade in the water

Wade in the water

It’s often said that history is written by the victors. But what must it feel like to be defeated in war? Ashamed, frightened, disorientated, demoralized, physically hurt, mentally traumatized, angry at those who promised that you would be victorious, relieved the fighting is over, struggling to survive, cold, hungry…??

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New heart, new spirit

New heart, new spirit

Our next Sunday@Seven service is on Sunday 26th January 2020 at 7pm. For the first meeting in 2020 our theme is: ‘New heart, new spirit’ which is taken from Ezekiel 18:31.

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Bible readings January 2020

Bible readings January 2020

Here are the Bible readings for January 2020 which we’ll be using in church for this season of Epiphany. The scriptures this month include travelling wise men, a baptism, disciples being called – and people that had been in darkness now seeing a great light.

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Christmas Star

Christmas Star

We learn that each of us has something to offer in service to progress God’s kingdom. It may not be immediately apparent; it may be hidden beneath the surface; but there will be something to offer in each one of us.

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The body language of God

The body language of God

As the Word made flesh and dwelling among us, Jesus physically demonstrated the continuity of God, his unchanging love and mercy that we can always count upon. But he also showed us the God of surprises too. He changed what we thought about God and challenged the pre-conceived ideas that he came across. In physical, bodily form – as the body language of God – Jesus re-imagined God for us.

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Solidarity Christmas Party

Solidarity Christmas Party

On Saturday 14th December, Eagles Wing had their Christmas Party at our church hall and this letter is from their co-ordinator Sue Arnall… “Solidarity had a wonderful Christmas Party, thanks to funding from Autotrader and Forever Manchester, the kindness of St John & St Mark’s Church and the amazing hard work of 20 volunteers!”

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My time is in your hands

My time is in your hands

Our next Sunday@Seven service is December 29th in the hall at Christ Church Walmersley. The theme is ‘My time is in your hands’, which is taken from Psalm 31.

Sunday@Seven is an opportunity to sing and pray in a more informal setting than the usual Sunday and weekday church services. It’s led by Nigel Silvester, our Authorised Lay Minister and Cath Hilton.

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Delicate but tenacious

Delicate but tenacious

What a lovely idyllic picture we have in our reading from Isaiah today. Woody Allen once said of this vision: “The wolf shall lie down with the lamb. But the lamb won’t get much sleep!”

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December 2019 & January 2020 magazine

December 2019 & January 2020 magazine

In this bumper Christmas issue we have details of all the many services and events that we have going on. There’s a letter from Dave, about God “mucking in” with us. There are also appeals to help those who are homeless and some reflections on Advent, Christmas and Epiphany.

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Bible readings for December 2019

Bible readings for December 2019

Here are the Bible readings for December 2019 which we’ll be using in church for this Advent and Christmas season. The scriptures this month include wolves living with lambs, lame leaping like deer, John wearing camel hair… and Mary bearing a son called Jesus.

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