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Wounds that heal

Acts 9:1-6 (7-20)         Psalm 30         Revelation 5:11-14                  John 21:1-19 If you don’t like a good BBQ, please stop reading now; if you don’t eat fish, this won’t appeal; and if you don’t like the seaside, I’m sure that there is something you would prefer to be doing right now.  If on the other hand, you are intrigued by humanContinue reading “Wounds that heal”

Turn around!

Acts 10:34-43 or Isaiah 65:17-25    Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24  1 Corinthians 15:3-5 or Acts 10:34-43   John 20:1-18 or Luke 24 1-12 In his book, A faith for this one world?,  J.E. Lessllie Newbigin 1 recounts the following story: In the early 1920’s, Bukharin was sent from Moscow to Kiev to address a vast anti-God rally.  For one hour he brought to bear allContinue reading “Turn around!”

A question of identity

Isaiah 50:4-9, Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29, Philippians 2:2-11, Luke 19:28-40 From the west came Pilate draped in the gaudy glory of imperial power: horses, chariots, and gleaming armour.  He moved in with the Roman army at the beginning of Passover week to make sure that nothing got out of hand, insurrection was in the air with theContinue reading “A question of identity”

Love that stoops is grace

(with apologies for late posting!) Isaiah 43:16-21            Psalm 126       Philippians 3:4b-14                 John 12:1-8 Love that goes upward is worship;  love that goes outward is affection;  love that stoops is grace.                       Donald Grey Barnhouse [https://www.azquotes.com/quote/819289] There are many stories of amazing people, who despite adversity seem to radiate the grace of God. So the readings today are full ofContinue reading “Love that stoops is grace”

Invitation

Psalm 63:1-8               Isaiah 55:1-13             1 Corinthians 10:1-13             Luke 13:1-9 Introduction: The appalling conditions in some of Ukraine’s major cities leaving people without the most basic of human needs has left us offering prayers for their safety.  Left without basic requirements to sustain life, grace at mealtimes and prayers before turning on the tap, have once more become part ofContinue reading “Invitation”

Genesis 15:1-12,17-18; Psalm 27; Philippians 3:17–4:1; Luke 13:31-35 The fox and the hen This is the story of a fox and a hen. A common enough farmyard sight, when hapless farmers forget to close the henhouse for the night. And in the farmyard the sly old fox – ever the opportunist – waits for theContinue reading

First Sunday in Lent

Deuteronomy 26: 1-11           Psalm 91: 1-2, 9-16     Romans 10: 8b-13       Luke 4: 1-13     Thanks be to thee, my Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits Thou hast given me, for all the pains and insults thou hast borne for me. O most merciful redeemer, friend and brother, may I know thee more clearly, love thee more dearly andContinue reading “First Sunday in Lent”

Accountability

Exodus 34:29-25, Psalm 99, 2 Corinthians 3:12 -4:2, Luke 9:28-36, (37-43a) Diplomats are usually known for moderate language.  Yet on Wednesday of this week, at the security council of the UN, the warning from Ukraine to Russia was of a very different order. As they met to consider ways of working towards peace in the region,Continue reading “Accountability”

Truth & Reconciliation

Genesis 43:1-11, 15    Psalm 37:1-11. 39-40 1 Corinthians 15:3, 5-38, 42-50                      Luke 6:27-38 I’ve been reading Tutu: The Authorised Portrait, by Allister Sparks and Mpho A. Tutu. With a foreword from Bono, and an introduction form his holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, the reader immediately senses that this biography will be like no other. When Desmond Tutu returned toContinue reading “Truth & Reconciliation”

Happiness?

Jeremiah 17:5-10        Psalm 1            1 Corinthians 15:12-20        Luke 6:17-26 Happiness, happiness,  the greatest gift that I possess I thank the Lord that I’ve been blessed  With more than my share of happiness. Ken Dodd You may have noticed that more recent translations tend to use the word ‘happiness’ as a replacement for ‘blessed’. Yet the on-line thesaurus offeredContinue reading “Happiness?”

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