Today is party-time. Why? It’s the birthday of the Church! No, not Ascension Church, but the whole Church! It was 50 days after Jesus rose from the dead, and the day of Pentecost arrived. And the Holy Spirit really fell on young and old, men and women, all present that day [...]
The Big Picture
They’d seen Jesus alive many times, as St Luke puts it, ‘to prove to them he was actually alive’. But they still couldn’t get it! They kept on asking him, “Lord, is this time you will free Israel and restore our kingdom?” There are many things we too want God [...]
The Dead Sea
Has here anyone ever been there? I’m told it is, well, dead! That is the water is so salty nothing can live there. People can float in it, but that’s about it. In the Hebrew language it’s sometime even called ‘The Sea of Death’! The prophet Ezekiel was granted a [...]
Well I don’t know what will happen!
There is something simple about our theme today – physical healing (inner healing comes next week!). Obvious questions are – does it happen? How do we know it’s happened? Can we see it? What about those who are not healed? The New Testament is quite [...]
A fresh start
On Easter Day we renewed our baptism vows and commitment to Christ – we have since reflected on the importance of hospitality, both between us as human beings, and on receiving the hospitality of Jesus. Today is our Annual Meeting, when we give thanks for what has happened, and [...]
It’s what not’s said….
Today, I hope, you will ‘see’ in your mind’s eye that day Jesus was standing on the beach at dawn, calling out to the disciples in the boat who’d been fishing all night (and, as they say, caught nothing!). The thing is, it is the risen Jesus, so [...]
from the Waters of Death You Raised Us to Life!
Nothing like it has happened before! The two men in dazzling robes asked the women visiting the tomb to anoint Jesus’s body, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He is risen from the [...]
The Power of the WORD
So Jesus rode into Jerusalem….. What was going through his mind and spirit…..? Last week we spoke of ‘Living in the Spirit’, and surely yes Jesus went down that road with the heart of God’s Spirit upon him. But today we reflect on the power of the Bible – [...]
The simple gifts are often the best
Have you ever received a simple gift, maybe just a card, a single chocolate, a helping hand with your bike. They can be the most precious….perhaps because they are not cluttered up with too much wrapping, express simple care, affection, even just friendship. I think [...]
in the ‘Heart of God’
You walk into a clothes shop and try things on. You look in the mirror, “Hmm… Yes? No? In between?” One of my clothing advisers (aka my daughter), says you’ll just know if it’s a ‘Yes’, if it is then that’s the one Dad! We’ll hear today [...]