Lifting the shadows from the past
John at Primary School

One other thing I was thinking about on Sunday in connection with the Joseph story. His teenage years were fraught – as his father’s favourite he faced probably constant friction with his brothers, culminating in their decision first of all to kill him, and then to sell him to passing traders. This was followed by the bitterness of not being believed over what happened in the house of Potiphar, and a time of imprisonment. These experiences would

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Joseph 2: foodstores; dreams

At this morning’s service, we were reflecting on Genesis 41:37-57. It describes how, in the light of the seven years of good harvests and seven years of poor harvests which were going to ensue, King Pharoah appointed Joseph as his second in command. He was to organise grain stores across the nation where surplus food from the good years could be kept so that no one would go hungry during the lean years which were to follow. Foodbank I then spoke

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Book Group News from Andrea
Book Group

We had a lovely evening as always and lots of chat. Not everyone had read the books but The Keeper of Lost Things was well received - a lovely feel good story so it got 4 out if 5. The Brighton Mermaid got more mixed reviews but the 3 who read it settled on a 3.5 as an average. After much deliberation we have chosen Wonder by PJ Palacio (a children’s book but highly recommended) and after the success of The Trouble with sheep and goats we have

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Blythswood Shoebox Appeal: please bring your filled Shoeboxes to church by Sunday 28th October

Blythswood Shoebox Appeal Shona reminded us yesterday morning that at Hilton Church we have a history of being very supportive of Blythswood Care's Shoebox Appeal. She asked us if we could please bring filled shoeboxes to church by Sunday 28th October (that's in less than two week's time.) so that we can get them to Blythswood in time. Here's the video about the 2018 Appeal; and here's the children's video. Here's the list of what's required - there

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Duncan’s book recommendations…….

During the service yesterday, Duncan recommended two books: The Sealwoman's Gift The first was  The Sealwoman's Gift by Sally Magnusson (pictured above). It  tells the story of a group of people from an island close to Iceland who were kidnapped en masse by pirates in the 1620s, and taken to North Africa. The novel is fiction, but based on true events. It's a great book, says Duncan, and raises important questions of how you should act when living

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Dreams: some random thoughts from John
John D1

Some thoughts I've been thinking following yesterday morning's service! The part of the Joseph story which we were looking at this morning is where as a teenager he speaks of having dreams symbolising his parents and brothers bowing down to him. Later in the story, we see Joseph as a gifted interpreter of dreams, helping people in Egypt, including the king, make sense of his dreams. (Genesis 40 and 41.) God-given dreams We don’t know whether there

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Joseph Part 1: Hope for dysfunctional families. Highlights from Duncan’s sermon yesterday
Falling apart

Yesterday,  Duncan was speaking on one of the most famous stories in the Bible – Joseph the favourite son of Jacob angers his eleven brothers by crowing about his sense of superiority: they take revenge by flinging him into a pit, and then selling him as a slave to passing merchants. Duncan showed how in favouring Joseph his father Jacob was replicating the family dysfunctionality he had experienced in childhood and as a young man. He had one

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Bible passages for Sunday’s service

Genesis 37 Joseph’s dreams 37 Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan. 2 This is the account of Jacob’s family line. Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives, and he brought their father a bad report about them. 3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old

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Get REAL……

Read recently a piece on the dangers of sentimentality – it mentioned the over-egged cuteness of those Thomas Kinkade pictures. Surrounding ourselves with cuteness does us no favours at all, because life  is difficult and tough. There is grief and pain as well as joy. I wonder whether we sometimes think we must have a rather sentimental take on Christianity.  Do we feel we’ll be letting the side down unless we report perpetual peace and joy,

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Giving God space to work …..thought from Ros Noble’s sermon this morning

As always, I loved Ros Noble’s sermon this morning – it was gentle, gracious, and encouraging. She spoke on the New Testament passage for today, from Mark 4:16-29: [Jesus] said ‘This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.  All by itself the soil produces corn – first the stalk, then the ear, then the full

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