Reflecting on ministry (sermon and reflections 19 July 2015)

This morning, Ben reported back on taking “a bit of Johnsonville” to the diocesan Ministry conference; Nathan talked about his experience of the Cursillo retreat and Fiona talked about her experience of Alpha. The theme for all three reflections centered around today’s gospel reading where Jesus tries to take some quiet time with his disciplesContinue reading “Reflecting on ministry (sermon and reflections 19 July 2015)”

Orientation, disorientation, new orientation (6 October 2013)

Today, Ben took us through a difficult set of readings. Starting with the despair of Lamentations 1:1-6.  Then he had the full version of Psalm 137 read.  You will recognise the start of this as “By the rivers of Babylon” but it ends with a desire for vengeance on the children of Babylon. It isContinue reading “Orientation, disorientation, new orientation (6 October 2013)”

Becoming disciples (Bishop’s charge and sermon)

Our sermon this Sunday was the replay of our Bishop’s charge from Synod.  Bishop Justin talks about the next stage in our journey together, of becoming disciples. The gospel reading we used today was Luke 14:25-33.  This reading talks about the cost of discipleship and taking account of what we need to let go off.  Continue reading “Becoming disciples (Bishop’s charge and sermon)”

Being open to where God calls us to go

Readings: Acts 16:9-15 & John 14:23-29 The other week we met Dorcas who was healed by Peter. Today we encounter Lydia who meets up with Paul. It’s another story that could be about us. Luke, who wrote the Acts of the Apostles, is describing how the gospel spread from country to country. Paul, accompanied byContinue reading “Being open to where God calls us to go”

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)”

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)”

Family learning activity: Getting another chance (3 March 2013)

Scripture: Luke 13:1-9 Some people were telling Jesus about some bad news that had happened recently. A group of people had been killed by the Roman governor on their way to the Temple. Some workers were killed when the tower they were working on fell on top of them. What had they done to deserve to die this way? Was GodContinue reading “Family learning activity: Getting another chance (3 March 2013)”

Family learning activity: Light in our lives (24 February 2013)

Scripture: Luke 9:28-36 One day Jesus asked Peter, James and John to come and pray with him. He led them to the top of a steep mountain, where it was peaceful and quiet, and they could be alone. Jesus started to pray to his heavenly father when suddenly he appeared to change! His face andContinue reading “Family learning activity: Light in our lives (24 February 2013)”

Remember that you are dust

Ash Wednesday, 13 February 2013 Here we are, ready to start another Lent, another journey towards Easter. We have come to have ashes marked on our foreheads in the sign of the cross and to hear again the words, ‘Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return. Turn away from sin andContinue reading “Remember that you are dust”