Caring for creation

Today, we were joined in church by our animal companions – cats, dogs, rabbits and guinea pigs.  It was a time to give thanks for the gifts they bring into our lives and reflect on our responsibility to care for creation. Ben started his sermon by talking about how his parent’s got him a catContinue reading “Caring for creation”

Who was Mary Magdalene, really?

Reading: John 20:1-2, 11-18 Mary Magdalene. Was ever a saint more maligned? As one writer puts it, she has ‘served as a scrim onto which a succession of fantasies have been projected.’ Her story intrigues and fascinates. In the film The Last Temptation of Christ, she represented the power of lust Jesus had to resist if heContinue reading “Who was Mary Magdalene, really?”

What are our priorities?

Ordinary Sunday 13 (C) Reading: Luke 9:51-62 Each of the Gospel writers has his own way of telling the story. In Luke’s Gospel we’ve got to a point that’s called the journey section or travel narrative. It begins by saying that Jesus has ‘set his face to go to Jerusalem.’ It’s the start of theContinue reading “What are our priorities?”

Breaking our chains

Readings: Acts 16:16-34; John 17:20-26 We’re entering the final stages of our celebration of Easter. Thursday marked a turning point with Jesus’ ascension – his return to the Father in order that the Spirit might come. The risen Christ has been taken into the eternal dimension. He’s no longer to be seen in bodily form,Continue reading “Breaking our chains”

Love is our badge

Reading: John 13:31-35 It was said of John the Evangelist, that in the evening of his long life, he would sit for hours with his younger disciples. One day, as the story goes, one of his disciples complained to him: “John, you always talk about love, about God’s love for us and about our loveContinue reading “Love is our badge”

Family learning activity: What’s that he’s riding on? (24 March 2013)

Scripture: Luke 19:28-40 It was time for Jesus to go up to Jerusalem – the capital city. He sent two of his disciples off to a nearby village and told them to get a colt, which is a young horse. He said it would be one that had never been ridden. He said if anyoneContinue reading “Family learning activity: What’s that he’s riding on? (24 March 2013)”

‘Out of our own traditions, and into the waves’: the Archbishop of Canterbury’s inaugural sermon

Posted On : March 21, 2013 8:06 PM | Posted By : Webmaster ACNS: Jesus Christ calls us to step outside the comfort of our traditions and places ‘and go into the waves’, the Archbishop of Canterbury said today in his inauguration ceremony at Canterbury Cathedral. Preaching to 2,000 people inside the cathedral andContinue reading “‘Out of our own traditions, and into the waves’: the Archbishop of Canterbury’s inaugural sermon”

Extravagant love

Reading: John 12:1-8 Near the beginning of his Gospel, John tells the story of a wedding where Jesus turns litres of water into the very best vintage wine. It’s a story of divine extravagance; a sign of what God would do for us. Now, as we enter the final stage of Jesus’ journey, we hear ofContinue reading “Extravagant love”

Family learning activity: A great show of love (17 March 2013)

Scripture: John 12:1-8 Jesus was staying at the home of Lazarus. On Jesus’ last visit Lazarus had been very sick and died. Jesus then raised him from the dead. Now Lazarus lived with his sisters, Mary and Martha. They all sat down ready for dinner. Just as Martha was about to serve up, Mary broughtContinue reading “Family learning activity: A great show of love (17 March 2013)”