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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

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

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.

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
Dry bones2

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
Dry bones3

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

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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