Monthly Archives: March 2017

Housegroup questions on Luke 15:11-32
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Housegroup questions on Luke 15:11-32 Lots of questions! As always, please just choose the ones which seem right for your group. Would anyone like to share an experience from their own life of a time when, in crisis, they headed for home and for the Father? In what ways have you come to understand and to experience the Father’s love for you? How would you respond to someone who said to you in distress – ‘I’ve called out to God, but He is

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Possible world: Human suffering – how can I show care?
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Possible world:  Human suffering – how can I show care? This evening saw the third ‘Possible world’ session in the church at 6pm.  The theme was ‘Human suffering: how can I show care?’ The session was led by Fiona, Simeon and Jonathan. The session began with a warm-up question. ‘With all the needs and suffering that we are exposed to directly, or through TV appeals and charity letters, what draws you to respond to some and not to others?’

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Here are the songs we sang today
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All who are thirsty Amazing grace Spirit of the living God Great is thy faithfulness How Great Thou art

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Thoughts on the prodigal son
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Thoughts from John on the story of the Prodigal Son I love the story of the Prodigal son, and I enjoyed Jonathan’s sermon this morning – I was interested in his references to the culture of Kezazah, which is new to me.  I guess our experience of God is a reversal of Kezazah – the broken pot of our lives is healed and restored; the burnt deadness within us flourishes in new life; we who were once cut off are now grafted in. When I was talking

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The wayward child and the loving father: A report on Jonathan’s sermon on Luke 15
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The reading for today was Luke 15:1-32, but in his sermon Jonathan focussed on the story of the lost son (v11-32), and on one particular episode within that story – the moment of the son’s return. The context of the story is the complaint of the religious leaders that Jesus was welcoming ‘sinners’ and eating with them. (v1-2) A familiar story with an expected twist…. Jonathan began retelling the familiar story of the son who demanded his

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Bible passages for Sunday’s service
Homeward bound

Luke 15 The parable of the lost sheep 15 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering round to hear Jesus. 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, ‘This man welcomes sinners, and eats with them.’ 3 Then Jesus told them this parable: 4 ‘Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he

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Possible world course: the environment
God loves world

Last Sunday saw the second ‘Possible world’ session in the church at 6pm.  The theme was ‘The environment: for God so loved the world.’ The session began with a warm-up question. ‘What is your response to environmental warnings that you see on the TV or read about in the papers?’ Caretakers of God's creation There followed a reflection on the fact that ‘God intended humans to be stewards, or caretakers, of God’s good creation. We

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Bible passages for Sunday’s service
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A powerful challenge from Jesus to choose life, and joy, and fruitfulness - an an insight into his compassion and love for a wayward city. And see this reflection and poem - 'to know that you've been wept for is to know that you are loved.' Luke 13:1-9 Repent or perish 13 Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2 Jesus answered, ‘Do you think that these Galileans

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‘The environment: for God so loved the world’ – don’t miss the second Sunday evening of the Possible World Course
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This coming Sunday evening at 6pm, the subject is ‘The environment: for God so loved the world’ – a challenge to view the environment as a treasure from God entrusted to us. Duncan has pre-viewed the video, and says it’s really powerful. Everyone is welcome to come along on Sunday evening!

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Possible world course: Consumer culture
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It was great to see so many folk at first of our Sunday evening sessions during Lent. The ‘Possible World’ course asks if a different world is possible – ‘One where strangers are welcomed, creation is valued, stuff is just stuff, and justice is the norm.’ Yes, is the answer, if we follow Jesus’ radical challenge to embody in our daily living the values of God’s new society. On Sunday night we explored the challenge of consumerism. We

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