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Come and see! Duncan’s sermon on John 1:35-51
Come and see

On Sunday, Duncan was preaching on John 1:35-51, the Lectionary passage for the day.  John’s good news story is the fact that God appears in human flesh. ‘The Word [that’s God] became flesh and made his dwelling among us’ (John 1:14) – or as the Message translation puts it:  ‘The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighbourhood.’ John the Baptist points us to Jesus John the Baptist was the person sent ahead of Jesus to

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Bible passages for Sunday’s service
Come and see

John 1:35-51 John’s Disciples Follow Jesus 35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” 37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?” They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?” 39 “Come,” he replied, “and you

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Songs we sang this morning
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We will walk with God my brothers brothers  (Couldn’t find this on Youtube) Joy to the world He came down that we might have love Lord for the years From the squalour of a borrowed stable For your gift of God the Spirit (Couldn’t find this on Youtube)

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The work of Christmas begins: report of this morning’s sermon from Joyce Mitchell
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Joyce Mitchell was leading the service this morning – a love-filled service, I thought..  Her Bible readings were Isaiah 42:1-9; Isaiah 61:1-2 and Galatians 4:4-7. The verses from Isaiah 61 are the ones from which Jesus quoted at the very start of his ministry (he omitted the second part of verse 2): The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

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Bible reading for Sunday’s service
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John 1:19-34 John the Baptist Denies Being the Messiah 19 Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leadersin Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. 20 He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.” 21 They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” He answered, “No.” 22 Finally they said, “Who are you? Give us an answer to

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The neverending song
John at Primary School

John writes: When were singing carols just before midnight on Christmas Eve, some of the words took me back to my childhood in primary school. As a kid, I sang these very lines: remembered syllables which recalled the classroom smell of poster-paint and glue and the sweet-smelling wooden pencil-case. Hark the Herald Angels Sing. Lo he abhors not the virgin’s womb. I suppose every Christmas since then I have encountered these words and melodies.

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When Christmas is painful
John on Corran Ferry

My thoughts this afternoon are with those for whom Christmas is a difficult times, for whatever reason. I think of folk mourning those who travelled through past Christmases with them; of those who will not see their young children on Christmas Day; of those who feel sad and lonely while part of a merry crowd, and of those who feel desperately alone; of those who are hungry and cold; of those who have no shelter; of those who are in hospital; of

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Welcoming Jesus
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The fourth candle was lit at this morning's service. One to go this evening! Jonathan encouraged us this morning to be like the shepherds and those they told the good news to - to really 'hear' the story of Jesus; and not just to hear about Jesus, but to make room in our ives for him, to find that he is 'Immanuel', God with us. to recognise in him the 'saviour' who heals our brokennessand draws us back to God, and to entrust ourselves to him every

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The Word became Flesh: Bible passages for Sunday
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John 1:1-18 The Word became flesh 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcomeit. 6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness

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