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A life of praise: report of Jonathan’s sermon on Psalm 100
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Today, Jonathan told us, we were beginning a series focussing on some of the Psalms from the Bible, beginning with Psalm 100: 1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. 2     Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. 3 Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and

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Bible passages for Sunday’s service
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Psalm 100 A psalm. For giving grateful praise. 1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. 2     Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. 3 Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. 5 For the Lord is good and his love endures for ever; his faithfulness

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Housegroup questions on Acts 2: Pentecost and the Holy Spirit
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Housegroup questions on Acts 2 (Pentecost and the Holy Spirit) What words would you use if a friend asked you to help them understand what Christians mean by the ‘Holy Spirit’? Would some folk in the group like to share any experiences they have had of the Holy Spirit? What difference does being open to God’s Holy Spirit make in our lives? Is there a difference between on the one hand trying hard to produce the ‘fruits of the Spirit’ (Galatians

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Songs we sang this morning
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He is Lord Spirit of the living God O day of joy and wonder Breathe on me breath of God Christ triumphant

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The gift of the Holy Spirit: personal reflection from John
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Duncan spoke this morning about the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost in a dramatic and disruptive way, transforming Jesus’ fearful followers, and giving birth to a new community. Questions I guess as we think about this event, some of us are thinking questions like ‘What is this Holy Spirit anyway?’ and ‘How do we know the Holy Spirit is with us, and in us as individuals and a church?’ Jesus promised his followers that when he returned

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Pentecost! Report of Duncan’s sermon on Acts 2
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Today, Duncan reminded us, is Pentecost Sunday – one of the three major events in the Christian calendar (the others being Advent leading to Christmas, and Lent leading to Easter, when we reflect on the death and resurrection of Jesus.) The first Pentecost took place just a few weeks after Jesus had risen from death and returned to another dimension. It was the day when the Holy Spirit came in power into the lives of Jesus’s followers. Before

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Bible passages for Sunday’s service
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Acts 2:1-4 The Holy Spirit comes at Pentecost 2 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Galatians

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Identity, Unity, Grace – reflections from John on this morning’s sermon
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John writes: There’s really nothing to add to Fiona’s sermon which gives such a powerful description of our identity as Christian believers.  But just a few thoughts. All one St Paul had this wonderful vision of the unity of the Christian family. ‘All one in Christ.’ Fiona described a society where all the things we use as descriptors of our identity, all the things which might divide us by putting us into different ‘boxes’ are put to

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Who am I? Our identity as Christians – a report of a sermon from Fiona
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A great sermon from Fiona Waite this morning on Galatians 3:1-9; 23-29. ‘Who am I?’  Fiona began by talking about our sense of identity, and the fact that many folk seem to be unsure of the answer to that question. Am I ‘me’ as I project myself on social media? We long to ‘be someone,’ to be clear about our identity. And yet, Fiona said, for many of us there is no clarity. ‘Who am I?’ we ask ourselves. This is a key issue which St

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Bible passages for Sunday’s service: Healing and wholeness is God’s gift to us, not earned, but received by faith
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Galatians 3:1-9 Faith or works of the law 3 You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. 2 I would like to learn just one thing from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? 3 Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? 4 Have you experienced so much in vain –

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