Balm in Gilead

The book of Jeremiah is not full of stand up comedy – it has to be said – but it has got some of the most memorable language of the Bible. In one of the highlight passages, we hear what is probably the voice of God, bewailing the sorrows of the people, as God looks […]

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A prayer for the week

O God,  who is right beside us whenever we are lost, go with us through the days of this week, that in every moment of worry, in every minute of despair, and in every occasion of rapture we may know that you are there, ready to make wherever we are a place called home, Amen

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Being lost and being found

I wonder if you can remember a time when you were literally, and obviously, lost. Perhaps you have a memory from childhood or from more recently, a memory of being lost, and you can summon up in your stomach that awful sense of panic, that sinking feeling..   Perhaps you’ve broken down on the motorway […]

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A prayer

O God, who created the world in beauty and who declared it all to be good, give us grace to see the value of the world and the purpose of our lives, and to use our power, resources and lives wisely for the good of all. In the name of Jesus, the Lord of life, […]

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Costly discipleship

Luke tells us about a time when Jesus was flavour of the month, celebrity of the year, the man of the moment. Great crowds were travelling with him. For a few brief summers in the Galilean hills, it was the cool thing to do. We know little about the people who made up these great […]

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A second half of life church

I think I can say with some confidence that most of us are in the second half of life. We are an over 50 sort of congregation, at least. Though of course many of us will say that we will feel just the same inside as we did when we were in our 20s.. But […]

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A prayer

O God, who desires that each of us should flourish and live in joy and peace, let your love shine upon us like the sun, that we may turn our faces to you and grow in strength, unfurling and unfolding in your sight, that we may truly live and richly praise you, now and always, […]

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The great cloud of witnesses

‘Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight.. and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.. ‘ Hebrews 12: 1 This is one of those great inspiring passages from […]

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Aaron’s blessing

The Lord bless you and keep you the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. The Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon you and give you peace. Amen. Aaron’s blessing in Numbers chapter 6

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Who am I really?

Reflections on dementia and childhood Unwinding after a day at a meeting of Synod, where I had kept some of my opinions tactfully to myself, I slumped in front of the TV and saw the comedian and writer David Baddiel interviewed by Jonathan Ross. I had recently read a shorter version of an article by […]

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