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Resisting Temptation: Summary of Phil’s sermon this morning on James 1:12-18

Sometimes it’s obvious when people are trying to deceive us, Phil said at the beginning of his sermon this morning. We get spam emails asking us to give away our bank details or to contact the man in Africa who wants to give us billions of dollars, and we recognise them for what they are.  But deception – and self-deception - is not always no obvious.  We may, for example, think we’re living a life which is pleasing to God, when in reality

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November 3rd is All Sants Sunday
All saints Sunday

ALL SAINTS SUNDAY:  "We are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses“ (Hebrews 12 v1) Over the past few weeks in worship, we have been reflecting on the story of our lives. For each one of us there will have been significant people in our life story who have now passed on, whose memory we treasure and give thanks for. Historically, the Church has set aside 1st November (All Saints Day) as a day to specifically remember and give thanks for these people.

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Bible passage for Sunday when Phil will be preaching
Every good and perfect gif

James 1:12-18 12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. 13 When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it

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Poems by Anne Thomas – 10
St Cuthbert's Island

Poems by Anne Thomas – 10 (More poems written by Anne when she was a young woman.) St Cuthbert’s Island  (December, 1983) No man is an island, Yet you have made This tiny scrap of land your own And in some strange, mystic union Were joined with it. How many long hours Did you spend in self-imposed isolation? Yet this was for you the highest communion; The greatest calling to front line battle With the forces of evil. With so much of England

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Messy Church Autumn programme
Messy Church Autumn image

See above for the autumn 2019 programme for Messy Church!

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Small moments make a big difference

And here’s the video we looked at the morning  encouraging us to make a difference in people’s lives by interacting with the folk we meet in a friendly way. ‘Small moments make a big difference.’  A loving, friendly word can bless someone long after it is spoken. I’ve been thinking recently how absolutely crazy we often are. We are surrounded by unique, lovely, vulnerable people in shops and streets and public venues.  And yet we don’t

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Rainbow moments: Journeying in love

A report of Duncan's sermon this morning. ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no greater commandment greater than these. (M12:29-31) Duncan’s talks over these few months aim to be what he called this morning ‘A curriculum of love.’ It has come to him forcefully

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Poems by Anne Thomas – 9
Rocky mountains

Poems by Anne Thomas -9 A range of poems this week!  In the first, Anne is still on her Canadian visit where we left her a week ago. Island Ferry Smoky mountain peaks floating in the calm, pale sea, fairy-like, ethereal. The sparkling evening sun dims you to pastel shades. I voyage towards you as one on the threshold of sleep about to enter a dream. Unlike a mirage you look too shadowy to be real, Like some mythical land which will vanish at dawn.

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Sharing our stories: John
John at Brodie

Duncan and Shona have been encouraging folk to share their personal faith stories at the Sunday evening gatherings – and at the service on Sunday Duncan told us a little about the Christian influences which helped shape him as a child. Here’s my contribution to the story sharing – an article which I was recently invited to write for the Nomad Podcast Blog. The lovely thing is that we are all different, we all have different stories. And yet

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Book Group Report from Shona
Book Group

We met last Thursday evening at Andrea’s and had a lovely time with lots of interesting chat over coffee and cake. We discussed the two books. It was thought that The Letter was a good read. It was set in the present day but also back in the past following the lives of two women. The story cleverly unfolded showing how both women coped with their sad and difficult lives and it finished with a happy ending. It received 4/5. The Woman who wanted

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