See a better way!

In the trailer for the new series of ‘Don’t Tell The Bride’, the programme where the man is put in charge of all the arrangements for the wedding, generally resulting in ‘car-crash TV’, the groom and best man are talking together.

The best man attempts to coach the groom as to the significance of what is about to happen. In an impassioned plea he says to the groom. ‘C’mon mate this is important – this is serious stuff this getting married. You’ve got to realise it’s a big day – after all it is only going to happen 3 or 4 times in your whole life!’

This morning we continue in our series on the Sermon on the Mount and look at a passage which helps us to see a better way.

This evening we make space for an extended communion service. Time for reflection and sharing as we consider some of the famous last words of ‘the famous’, of Jesus and… of us?

 


Calling us to Christlike living

‘You may be saving lives but don’t park your van in a stupid place and block my drive’, so read the hard-written message placed on the windscreen of an ambulance. A female MP is on the receiving end of a Tweet that reads, “I wouldn’t even rape you.” The Telegraph reports that, ‘Brits today will fly into a rage at the slightest inconvenience because the comforts of modern life have raised our expectations to the level of irrational toddlers.’

In Sunday’s timely message, Mick will be challenging us all with the reality of our own participation in the increasingly angry world in which we live. Calling us to Christlike living which contradicts the seemingly inexorable slide of modern culture.

Sunday night we are delighted to have our young people leading us as we return to the story of King David and the calling God places on his life.

 


The Law, Revelation and Righteousness

On Sunday Andrew will guide us through one of the trickier passages in the Bible – Matthew 5:17, and the words, ‘Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfil’. Given that the apostle Paul wrote,  He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, so that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace’, (Ephesians 2:15), we can see that this might be tricky, yet remain confident that Andrew will be more than equal to the task!


So come to the waters…

As summer begins to gather its towel, bucket and spade and make its way off the beach, we move into the autumn. September has become my favourite month – those cool and yet bright days where the air is clear and the leaves begin to turn. We are so blessed to experience the changing seasons.

As a church September always feels like a new term – the start of the new (school) year – as we return and gather together, drawn to the One who has become for us the source of truth, life and everything good. So come…

‘… come to the waters; you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.’


Summer 2019

As I write this the mercury is rising and the UK is set to experience its hottest day on record. Few of us are likely to be operating at the same frantic pace with which contemporary busy lives are usually lived. So we slow down; we take some time, and make time for recreation, (re-creation).

As you take some time out over the summer the activities of church life also slow. Groups shut down over the summer, you only get one bulletin (this one) over several weeks and we hold no evening services through the month of August.

We hope that this will all be to our good. Physically and mentally restored, but also spiritually refreshed through doing something new, something different. That book you have been meaning to read, that book of the Bible – which might instil a new message from God, a new passion kindled. Inviting the neighbours over for a barbecue and actually having some time to get to really know people as they get to know you and your faith in Jesus. That new experience of God, at that event, on that walk, in your expectancy to hear God talk to you, as he has already done so to me in a flea market in Lisbon.

Whatever you are afforded, may it be good for you and good for your walk with Jesus.

 


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