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”

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”

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?”

Love is…dangerous

Jeremiah 1:4-10          Psalm 71:1-6               1 Corinthians 13:1-13             Luke 4: 21-30 There are any number of popular songs that speak about love, describing in all kinds of ways what a wonderful emotion this is. Yet the tension between that longed-for state and reality is sometimes sadly a huge gulf. We have all come across instances of people who haveContinue reading “Love is…dangerous”

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