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Washing of feet

Washing of feet

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’?

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Come, thou long un-expected Jesus

Come, thou long un-expected Jesus

Did you notice something un-expected in our Gospel reading today from Mark? Frankly, Jesus acts like he’s a day-tripping tourist.

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Jeremiah – hope and consolation

Jeremiah – hope and consolation

Jeremiah isn’t often known for hope and consolation. Indeed he has a reputation for being a miserable so-and-so, mournful and sorrowful.

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A beer on a Friday night

A beer on a Friday night

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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Come and see

Come and see

Sometimes that’s all we are asked or called to do. To simply say to someone: ‘come and see’. I wonder how often we do it though.

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My Beloved

My Beloved

He takes time to talk about being ‘beloved’ – but there’s no loitering in fields with shepherds or journeying in search of a wandering star.

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Where are you from?

Where are you from?

Where are you from? What are the places, the people, the experiences that formed your path? How does it help you understand who you are?

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Going on a journey

Going on a journey

Any fans of Strictly will be familiar with people going on a journey. Or trying not to say that they’re on a journey, but it slips out anyway.

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Blessed are those

Blessed are those

Blessed are all during this time who have pure hearts; all who still hunger and thirst for justice; all who work for peace and who model mercy. May you know comfort.

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Luke, Psalms and the Wombles

Luke, Psalms and the Wombles

Jesus was ‘doing’ God. And we are called, challenged, purposed to do the same. We should be ‘doing’ God too. If Jesus wombled, then God wombles – and we should be wombling too.

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Is the Lord among us or not?

Is the Lord among us or not?

“Is the Lord among us or not?” We know that the answer should be yes but sometimes it just doesn’t feel like it.

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Jonah: it wasn’t supposed to be like this

Jonah: it wasn’t supposed to be like this

Today we get that awkward bit in Jonah. A prophet wasn’t supposed to be upset when a warning is heeded. King’s aren’t supposed to take notice.

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Restoration People

Restoration People

If two of us agree on something it has heavenly consequences. It’s meant to put us on notice. A community marked by love and restoration.

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Is there a burning bush waiting for you?

Is there a burning bush waiting for you?

Perhaps there is a burning bush out there, waiting just for you? Let’s find out more from a God eager to talk about new directions.

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Jesus’ top 10 tips for dining out

Jesus’ top 10 tips for dining out

We thought ‘Jesus’ top 10 tips for dining out’ would be a way to think differently about Jesus and about ourselves. And we’ll sing some good songs too!

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