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Reflections of a Lay Pastor: March 31st 2019: Mothering Sunday

Judges chapter 5 is possibly the oldest piece of Jewish poetry in existence, dating from 3200 years ago.  It is often called The Song of Deborah.  Prophet and Judge to Israel, Deborah was known for her wisdom, courage and compassionate zeal for justice.  She provided an example of leadership that wasn’t normally seen in society [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: March 24th 2019: The habit of Gratitude

At the beginning of Luke 13, Jesus asks the disciples whether they think that bad things only happen to bad people, or whether they just happen.  Jesus supplies his own answer.  Psychologists tell us that our minds find it difficult to cope with the idea of bad things happening to good people.  Our minds, evidently, [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: March 3rd 2019: Paul vs Moses

There are two related readings today, presumably included in the lectionary deliberately by the church for our guidance, about the authority of the Old Testament laws.  On these laws the Pharisees had built an edifice of control and condemnation;  laws that were no doubt essential to bring wandering tribes from the mentality of slavery into some semblance [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor:February 24th 2019: Forgiveness and Growth

Today’s readings have two connected themes: forgiveness and the impossibly fantastic potential of people to change.  The story of Joseph in Genesis 45 tells how Joseph forgave his brothers for selling him into slavery;  that must have been hard for them to take and is surely Mandella-like in its magnanimity.   Paul’s explanation in I Corinthians [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: February 17th 2019: Forgiveness

Today’s readings, in Ephesians (4:32) and Colossians (3:13) emphasize the link between being grateful for personal forgiveness and being able to forgive others. There is surely always a connection.  When I fail to acknowledge my need for forgiveness, when I try to bury the wrong I have done, when I conceal the mistake that I [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: February 10th 2019: Trust

How do we know whom to trust?  More to the point, how do we make sure that our children find out quickly enough in their short teenage years whom to trust?  “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to no one”, is wise advice from Shakespeare; but the Bible was not written by people who [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: January 20th 2019: Koinonia

The Greeks had a word for it and we haven’t.  Koinonia occurs about 20 times in the New Testament and it means something like fellowship, communion, a joint present or, sometimes, looking after one another.  Ever since we were told that there was no such thing as society (and perhaps this was not meant as [...]

Church Membership

Church Membership Our Church currently has about 190 members; between us we represent a wide range of beliefs.  In 2018 we admitted another eight new members We are a congregation united by our mission statement: Loving God, Loving People, Loving the World. We're a growing Church Community and seek new members to join us. If [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: January 13th 2019: Joy

Our church is studying Christian Values for the next six weeks; one value each week.  Last week it was Humility, this week;  Joy.  We asked people what values they would include in the series and chose seven.  We would still like to hear more contributions because we plan to continue the series next year, 2020. [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: January 6th 2019 Epiphany

Epiphany is the twelfth day of Christmas, when we traditionally take down the decorations and start breaking our New Year Resolutions.  There must be more to it than that. When “Epiphany” is used in the field of research, it refers to that moment when, sorting through all the necessary trivia of data collection, the researcher [...]

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