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Songs we sang at church this morning
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Come Christians join to sing Praise is rising O come let us adore him Wide and long and high and deep You are merciful to me Out of my bondage, sorrow and night  (Different tune) On Jordan’s stormy banks I stand

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A reflection from John on Fiona’s sermon
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This is rather long, but these are just the things which came to mind when listening to Fiona speak, and afterwards. A reflection on Fiona’s sermon from John Thank you Fiona, for this very thoughtful and challenging sermon which calls us all to reflection and action. Those who are loved, love When I was a young man, hearing a sermon like that, I would probably have felt I should give away all my money and throw myself into some caring ministry.

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Serving God, serving the poor: report of Fiona’s sermon this morning
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Fiona Waite was preaching this morning on Luke 16:19-31, the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. She began by reminding us of Jonathan’s sermon last Sunday on another parable – the story of the Prodigal Son.  Jonathan highlighted the father’s highly undignified run to embrace the returning son, which, he said, reminded us of God’s humiliation in the death of Jesus in order to bring us home. We are saved, Fiona reminded us by outrageous,

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The Tree
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Hi everyone. This story came to me this week. It's not intended to 'mean' anything specific.  It might be fun to read, so I just thought I'd share it. The Tree The man’s garden was an expanse of grey gravel. He often looked out at it from the bedroom window, morosely. The houses on either side had trees in their gardens – apple trees, pear trees, oaks and sycamores, rising straight and tall from green, well-managed lawns. The man watched enviously

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Bible passages for tomorrow’s service
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Luke 16:19-31 The rich man and Lazarus 19 ‘There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 ‘The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades,

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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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