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The exchange – all we are, for all God is: Jonathan on the meaning of Christmas.
Nativity

Here's Jonathan's talk at this morning's nativity service. We’ve spent most of this morning dispelling some of the myths around Christmas – Christ-myths, if you like. The cosy, warm, nostalgic idea of Mary and Joseph on a donkey (that’s never mentioned in the Bible) travelling to Bethlehem only to find that there’s no room, but who are rescued by a friendly inn-keeper (who’s never mentioned in the Bible) who puts them up in his stable (that’s

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Bible passage for Sunday
You shall go out with joy

Here are the Bible verses for Sunday - very encouraging words of promise from God. There won't be a sermon on these on Sunday since it's the All Age Nativity Service - but these verses are great to reflect on. Isaiah 55 Invitation to the thirsty ‘Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. 2 Why spend money on what is not bread, and your

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Songs we sang this morning
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All creatures of our God and King This is the body of Christ, broken that we may be whole (Can’t find this on Youtube) All who are thirsty, all who are weak Breathe on me, breath of God You’re the word of God the Father

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Thoughts from John on Ezekiel 37
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One: Duncan said: ‘You not only have a past with God, you also have a future’.  I sense that perhaps someone needs to hear these words today, someone who wishes they could undo something they have done, and return to a time when God was close. Duncan and Ezekiel assure us that there is a future, that love will come again, that spring will blossom, that God forgives us and draws close to us. ‘It’s OK! You not only have a past with God, but

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Hope and a future: Duncan’s sermon on Ezekiel 37
Dry bones

Today, we were thinking about the famous vision of the valley of dry bones in Ezekiel 37.  This, Duncan said, like all the other passages we have been looking at in previous weeks relates to the time many of the Jews were in exile in Babylon – having been forced-marched over 1000 miles to reach there after Jerusalem was destroyed by the Babylonians in 587BC. The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set

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Bible passages for Sunday’s service
Bones

Ezekiel 37:1-14 The valley of dry bones 37 The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2 He led me to and fro among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. 3 He asked me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’ I said, ‘Sovereign Lord, you alone know.’ 4 Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to these bones

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Songs we sang on Sunday
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Youtube versions of the songs we sang at Sunday's service O come, O come Emmanuel Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you (Gerard Markland) The race that long in darkness pined Wait for the Lord, keep watch, take heart  (Taize) Tell out my soul the greatness of the Lord  

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House Group Questions on Daniel 3
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(Some questions to get you started – you’ll probably want to focus on just a few of them. A report of Duncan’s sermon is on-line here, and there is a reflection on the theme from John here.) Some members of the group may wish to share experiences of facing difficult moral or ethical issues whether at home, school, work, or in the community. How easy, or difficult, do the members of the group feel it is to share their spiritual beliefs with

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The gods who beckon: a personal reflection from John on Daniel 3
John on Corran Ferry

A very personal reflection from John Duncan raised a most important question in yesterday’s sermon in Daniel 3 – how are we, as Christian people to remain true to God when we are under pressure to deny, or to compromise our faith?  Are there ‘lines in the sand’ beyond which we will not go? It’s a challenging question, because we are called as believers to be ‘in the world’ – out there in the community, in society – not hiding from

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Liam Morrison at Casa Harului
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It was lovely to hear a report from Liam Morrison at the service this morning about the six months he spent working in Romania at Casa Harului, ‘the House of Grace’ which provides summer camps for Romanian children with disabilities and their parents. Over the last few years, a team from Hilton Church has travelled to the Casa for a week in the summer to take responsibility for one of the camps. When he arrived at the airport in Romania, where

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