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Bible passages for Sunday’s service

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
Advent candle 171

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

(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
Liam church

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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Taking a stand – a report of Duncan’s sermon this morning on Daniel 3

Sunday was the First Sunday in Advent – the start of a new church year, when we reflect on the coming Jesus and prepare for Christmas. Duncan began his sermon by quoting John 1:1, 4: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…in him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. This ‘Word’ of which John wrote was Jesus himself. ‘Light’ and ‘life’ – both of which we find in Jesus - are

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Bible passages for Sunday – Tried by fire

Daniel 3:1, 8-30 The image of gold and the blazing furnace 3 King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, sixty cubits high and six cubits wide, and set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. 8 At this time some astrologerscame forward and denounced the Jews. 9 They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, ‘May the king live for ever! 10 Your Majesty has issued a decree that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp,

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Housegroup questions on Jeremiah 29:1; 4-14

Lots of questions to choose from! Duncan began the service on Sunday by asking us what we would do in a hypothetical situation. We were coming to church as usual, but the building had gone. There was no minister, no caretaker, no elders, no board members, no music team. There was no possibility of attending another church in the vicinity. What would we do? You might want to spend a little time reflecting on that scenario, and what course of action

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A culinary voyage for chef Rory…..

This morning we were delighted to hear Rory's story of the part he played in sailing Vine Trust’s latest medical vessel Forth Hope across the Atlantic Ocean and up the Amazon river to its destination in Peru.  As well as helping with video and social media work before the ship’s departure – what he had originally volunteered for -  Rory was the ship’s chef on the voyage which took 42 days and covered 7000 miles. Rory seems to have made

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Here are the songs we sang this morning
You will seek me

Youtube version of the songs we sang this morning: Longing for light, we wait in darkness (the song begins about 40 seconds in) Praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord I waited for the Lord my God (Psalm 40) O God you are my God alone  (Psalm 63) What a friend we have in Jesus

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