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April 20, 2020

"A cheerful heart is good medicine..." Proverbs 17. 22

A friend of mine is in the habit of regularly circulating material they assume will edify or amuse family and friends: a smorgasbord of pithy stories, sumptuous images, occasionally songs or music. The latest was a joke: "Yesterday my husband thought he sa...

April 19, 2020

"Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect." Matthew 5. 48

The most frequently given reason against identifying as a Christian is that the person concerned does not feel good enough. The most often heard criticism against the church is that it is full of hypocrites. Both attitudes can be relate...

April 18, 2020

"... those who hope in me will not be disappointed." Isaiah 49. 23

It's beautiful day outside but it's a dark day in the church, on account of a lovely Christian lady: wife, mother, friend and neighbour - who went to glory on Wednesday and whose body will be buried today. Though we cannot attend the event in p...

April 17, 2020

"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize." I Corinthians 9. 24

I don't think Paul was exhorting Christians to compete with one another but I do believe that he was encouraging us to apply the same dedication to living faithfully, as...

April 16, 2020

"These all died in faith..." Hebrews 11. 13

In less than a week, we have suffered two significant losses unconnected to Covid 19: one family, the other church family. In both cases the people concerned were believers. They knew where they were going and, in their departing, one could hear the angels sing. So t...

April 15, 2020

"Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land." Song of Solomon 2. 12

It hasn't reached us yet but the evidence from further south is that spring has arrived! On various occasions the Bible celebrates the bursting forth of new life at this time of year a...

April 14, 2020

"Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed." Mark 1. 35

I was challenged when I read about the initiatives being taken by my fellow minister, The Rev'd George al-Kopti of St Paul's church in Amman, who preached at our East...

April 13, 2020

"Behold, I am making all things new!" Revelation 21.5

John ascribes these words to the Risen Jesus in the vision given to him while in exile on the Isle of Patmos. They express the freshness of possibility emanating from the One who has overcome all barriers and opened the door to life in all abundance. They e...

April 12, 2020

"I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." John 10.10

On this momentous morning, I can think of no better call to worship than this culminating reflection in Tearfund's Lent devotional:

First, open your arms to your own humanity;

give the gorgeous mess of your entirety a warm welcome,

remembe...

April 11, 2020

"He descended into hell..." Apostles Creed

Between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, there is what we awkwardly refer to as Holy Saturday. "Holy" in what way? you may ask. When something or someone is deemed "holy", a special quality of purity, or elevation for higher purposes, is implied... Which renders its app...

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