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JSP5 LEARNING & CARING Wk 3

Learning and Caring Wk 3 How can we best learn about God? How can we best care for God’s creation? Led by Rev Nick Blundell Matthew 11:29-30  Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to [...]

By | 2019-12-09T15:54:27+00:00 December 9th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

JSP5 WORSHIP Wk 2

Worship: Wk 2 Filling worship with Awe, Wonder, and Love Led by Claire Nott Genesis 28:16-17 Jacob woke up from his sleep. He said, “God is in this place—truly. And I didn’t even know it!” He was terrified. He whispered in awe, “Incredible. Wonderful. Holy. This is God’s House. This is the Gate [...]

By | 2019-12-09T15:51:08+00:00 December 9th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

JSP5 WORSHIP Wk 1

Worship: Wk 1 What makes worship worthwhile? Led by Mervyn Flecknoe Romans 12:1-4 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God-this is your true and proper worship. 2Do not conform to the pattern of this world, [...]

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Reflections of a Lay Pastor:  November 17th 2019  Action for Children

This week, we are making money for “Action for Children”.  This charity started out under Waterloo Bridge in London in 1869.  Two boys, Fred and George were hiding under the bridge rather than going into the workhouse, which was compassionate Christianity’s answer to poverty in those days.  Husbands and wives in different buildings never to [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor 10th November 2019 Remembrance Day

Celebrate your liberty, Hard-won by now-dead heroes, Mourned by friends and fam’ly. They heard the call and chose To go, or had no choice, No option and no voice.   Celebrate your liberty, Wear fashions made by women Working hard in factories In China, Bangladesh, and Yemen Just to feed their children, Envying you on [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor:  November 3rd  2019  Zacchaeus

Luke 19 begins with the story of Zacchaeus which we perhaps know well.  However, Eugene Patterson, in his translation, The Message, corrects an impression propagated by many other translations of the Bible, which have inherited a wrong tense for one of the Hebrew verbs.  It is very easy to do this;  following someone else’s mistake.  [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor:  October 27th 2019: Jury Service

I am on Jury service this week.  People coming to court, charged with offences, need Justice.  To ensure Justice as far as possible, there are rules governing what Jurors can and cannot do, and what they can and cannot say to each other, to their families, and especially in blogs like this.  What I can [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor:  October 13th 2019: Patriots and Nationalists

Jeremiah (chapter 29) had no time for national borders:  “Make yourselves at home there and work for the country’s welfare.  Pray for Babylon’s well-being.  If things go well for Babylon, things will go well for you.”  As far as he was concerned, we should blossom where we are planted, whether in our ancestral country or [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor:  October 6th 2019:  Trouble

In the first letter to Timothy, chapter 1: 11-12, Paul says:  “This is the Message I’ve been set apart to proclaim as preacher, emissary, and teacher.  It’s also the cause of all this trouble I’m in”.  Anyone who runs a Sunday morning football training for eight-years-olds, anyone who tries to organise an open day for [...]