The one about …..Victoria’s Secret
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Here's the story Shona read this morning. It's from The one about…..  8 stories about God in our everyday, by Mark Greene.  London Institute of Contemporary Christianity, 2018.  9780992819040 Victoria is an apprentice hairdresser. She is 19 and she’s been in the job for just over a month. It’s a busy salon so there’s always something to do and its almost always to be done quickly. She’s enjoying it – the people are upbeat, friendly

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Thanksgiving, Optimism, Partnership: Report of Duncan’s sermon on Philippians 1:1-18
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Today we began exploring the letter St Paul wrote to the Christians at Philippi. It is, Duncan said, one of the apostle’s warmest letters. Philippi was a colony in what is now Greece. Acts 16:11-40 describes the background to the church there:   Paul and his companions arrive there; a businesswoman called Lydia comes to faith; Paul and Silas are imprisoned and then miraculously liberated; the jailer and his household become believers. Letters

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Bible passages for Sunday’s service
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Philippians 1:1-18 1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all God’s holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons: 2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Thanksgiving and Prayer 3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident

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House Group Questions on Acts 17:16-34
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St Paul was ‘distressed’ to see that Athens was ‘a city full of idols.’ (v16)  What was the reason for Paul’s distress?  What are the 21st century equivalent of these idols?  Is it possible, do you think, for things connected with Christianity to become ‘idols’? Jamie spoke about Paul’s desire to shape his thinking according to God’s view of the world rather than the dominant cultural voices.  How easy do you find it to tell

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Photos from this afternoon’s Messy Church

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Songs we sang this morning
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I will offer up my life in Spirit and Truth My Jesus, My Saviour In Christ alone my hope is found Lord I life your name on high Before the throne of God above Come people of the risen king  

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Thoughts from Philip 3: Reconciliation
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And finally, I loved Philip’s comments about this photo, as the leaders of North and South Korea shook hands across the low wall marking the boundary between their estranged states, and afterwards crossed into one another’s territory.  It seems to be a pretty miraculous event. But the picture Philip gave us was of people whom we are divided from, or at enmity with. Perhaps the fault is on both our sides, but we are only conscious of this great

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Thoughts from Philip 2: Pray for your neighbour
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I also loved Philip’s encouragement that we pray for the person sitting next to us, praying simply that they should be free from whatever is troubling or darkening their hearts and minds. A lovely, specific call to pray, and one we can remember whoever we meet.  ‘Father, please bring joy and peace to this dear person’s life.’

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Thoughts from Philip 1: What are our idols?
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I loved Philip’s prayer-reflection at the end of the service this morning. The sermon had mentioned St Paul’s distress at the ‘idols’ he came across in the city of Athens. But what, Philip asked gently, are our idols? I suppose an idol is something which draws from us an enthusiasm, commitment and love which is destructive because its not focussed on God. An idol, ultimately, is a substitute for God, a way of meeting deep inner needs  which

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Sharing our faith: a report of Jamie’s sermon this morning on Acts 17:16-34
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Today, Jamie Grant was preaching about St Paul’s visit to Athens, as described in Acts 17:16-34.  It’s a very relevant passage for us, Jamie argued, because we can learn valuable lessons from Paul about how to share the Christian faith with other people. Background At the time of Paul’s visit, Athens was the world’s great intellectual hub. Earlier, in the era  of Alexander the Great, Greece had dominated the world militarily.  Now, though

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