Monday
Dec192016

CHURCH HALL UNAVAILABLE ON BOXING DAY

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Monday
Feb242014

Psalms for Today

During our Shining Like Stars Discipleship course, we explored thankfullness as an attribute of Discipleship.

We took four Psalms - 46, 105, 100 and 9.

We asked each course member to write one of the First lines of one of the psalms on the top of a piece of paper and then to write a line of their own in response. having done so each member was then asked to fold the paper over leaving only their own line visible and pass it to their neighbour who was then asked to write their own line in response and so on untill the paper came back and each member had a brand new psalm to which all the group had contributed. The psalms are  shown below.

 

God is our strength and refuge, an ever present help in trouble.(46)

God walks beside us and carries us when we falter.

He leads us to life and seeks our good in spite of our shortcomings.

He treasures us and delights in his children.

He gives his children good gifts because he loves them, he is our loving heavenly Father, all good things come from God.

And to him we should be truly thankful.

Praise Him, praise Him, praise His glorious name.

With wholehearted joy I dance and sing, I celebrate the wonders of your creation, the wonders of this life, and the wonder of your love.

 

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Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, make known among the nations what he has done. (105)

He has done marvellous things.

He is my joy and my salvation.

He has redeemed me, he gives me hope, he is my strength and my salvation.

Without him I am nothing.

Look to the Lord for he will sustain you, merciful Lord have pity on me.

I turn to you from this dark and fearful place, knowing that your love will sustain and uphold me.

 

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Shout for joy to the Lord all the earth. (100)

For He is our God and King.

He is exalted among the nations, He is Lord of Lords and King of Kings, the everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Almighty and everlasting love

Enfold me and shelter me under your wings.

I am safe with you, I am protected and become whole again, Lord, you restore and bless me with your love.

 

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I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart, I will tell of all your wonders. (9)

You give us life and many blessings.  You are amazing and I am so glad you are my God.

Without you, God, I would be nothing, you fill me with your goodness.

God supplies our needs and makes us more than we thought we could be.

God helps me when I am pulled down.

He is a faithful God, a God to be trusted.  He knew our way before the world was formed

And we must live this life in love and peace.

 

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God is our strength and refuge, an ever-present help in trouble.(46)

A problem shared with God is halved.

And life is much happier to live.

Joy, joy, joy, with joy my heart is flowing.

With love my heart is growing with you, my life is abundant, I thank you Lord with all my strength.

You have given us so much to be thankful for, let my life be overwhelmed by your love and be my strength.

 

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Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, make known among the nations what he has done. (105)

Shout it to all who have no faith.

Clap hands and sing with a joyful face.

Sing with all your heart, sing with all your soul, sing with all your strength, we clap and sing with joy.

There is joy in our hearts when we praise you, lift us up Lord, that others may see and hear our joy. 

Thank you Father for showing your way and help us to follow it.

Thank you God for all your mercies.

 

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Shout for joy to the Lord all the earth. (100)

Halleluia, halleluia, give thanks to the Lord.

We give you thanks God for all the amazing things you have given us – our lives, our freedom, and families and strength.

Your blessing are so many, we thank you for giving us our freedom, our families and your power.

We give thanks for blessings we never expected our deserved.

I thank the Lord my God for the blessings I have been shown.

My heart overflows with gratitude for all the ways you have blessed me.

 

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I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart I will tell of all your wonders. (9)

From the depths of my innermost being, I will give you praise, you are an awesome God, high and mighty above all Gods.

He is with us in all things.

When I am down and in despair, to you O Lord I take my cares.

You cradle my head, you take my burden, you love me as the warmest parent, you bless me and restore me.

 

Tuesday
Feb182014

One Year On - Jordan's reflection

Benefice one year on – Jordan Ling

 

We recently celebrated one year as a Benefice. This was an exciting time for me personally as it means have been journeying with you for a year now and continue to look forward to the years to come.

 

“Where you go I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people and your God my God.” Ruth 1:16

 

We held a Benefice service on February 2nd which all 3 churches were represented at. It was a real celebration of the collaboration in ministry we have experienced as a benefice over this last year.

 

Anniversaries are an important time to look back, and consider moving forward. During our service we were invited to share prayers about what had been good and I would like to share with you some of the prayers of thanks that were offered by the congregation…..

 

“Thanks for healing divisions between Churches”

 

“Thanks for togetherness and encouragement”

 

“Thanks for increased attendance at both messy Churches”

 

“Thank you for the opportunity to worship in a new and uplifting way”

 

“Thank you for healing prayer at St Johns”

 

We continued to pray for what may lie ahead and I would share some of these prayers as well…..

 

“Developing skills of leadership among the laity so that a generous working together of minds and hearts may be fostered.”

 

“Feeling we can pray together… bigger congregations”

 

“Learn from each others strengths”

 

“Family growth, a closer walk with God”

 

“The churches in the EBP to grow and flourish and serve the community”

 

“To work together to make Jesus Known to more people”

 

“Church to go out and meet neighborhood and community and proclaim the good news”

 

We shared also those things which have been difficult or sad over this last year and whilst those prayers remain confidential and unread they are heard and held in the palm of God’s hand.

 

There have been many exciting and releasing things which have happened over this last year not least that we have seen significant growth in numbers in two of our churches and this demonstrates in a concrete way God at work amongst us. Please continue to pray for growth in all ways over this next year. My particular prayer is that we would develop courageous and contagious discipleship, deeper relationships shaped by openness and vulnerability and more varied opportunities for others to meet with Christ.

 

Until our next Benefice service

Amen

 

Tuesday
Nov262013

Film Going

Anita and I are not big film goers but, occasionally when recommended, we do visit the cinema (if that's what it's called these days?)

So when a good friend suggested we watch Philomena we decided to take his advice, and we are very pleased we did.

It is a compelling story based in fact, well crafted and with the lead characters outstandingly portrayed by Dame Judy Dench and Steve Coogan, a film worth watching.

For me the whole film reached a remarkable conclusion after a harrowing but also heartwarming quest for a lost son, with an act of forgiveness that would challenge anyone.

But it wasn't a simple finale, the film was so well written that the conclusion gave us a not a 'cliched' forgiveness but presented the three elements of forgiveness -

The forgiving

The inability to forgive

The acceptance of forgiveness, which completes the circle.

We had all three presented, two happened, but sadly the acceptance didn't.

Not only a great film but a real lesson to us all, well done to the film makers.

Go and watch, see what you think.

 

Thursday
Nov142013

Touching your roots

Last week, I had the fantastic opportunity to visit the school at which I
spent my early childhood, Genfrome Road, in Eastville. The reason for the
visit was not just for nostalgic reasons but in answer to a request for those
who had been brought up in Eastville to share their stories with the children
as part of a community project. I was born and bred in Eastville and on my
return noticed a huge shift in demographic. The school, like many, is now a
wonderfully cultural diversity, and this was reflected in the interest and the
questions of the children. I met again, for the first time in 55 years, two
sisters that lived 50 yards from me, our dads had been friends. We reflected
together on the change. We had all gone our different ways, and done
vastly different things, but were still united in our roots. It was good to
revisit our roots again, it reminded us of the wonderful start we had in life.
Life in general can be like that, we need to revisit our roots regularly. As
Christians, our roots are Christ. Often we can wander from our roots and
forget what brought us to the wonderful family that is Christ’s. Take some
time out this week, and every week, to revisit our roots in Christ, and like
my visit to Glenfrome Road, you will be uplifted.

Last week, I had the fantastic opportunity to visit the school at which Ispent my early childhood, Genfrome Road, in Eastville. The reason for thevisit was not just for nostalgic reasons but in answer to a request for thosewho had been brought up in Eastville to share their stories with the childrenas part of a community project. I was born and bred in Eastville and on myreturn noticed a huge shift in demographic. The school, like many, is now awonderfully cultural diversity, and this was reflected in the interest and thequestions of the children. I met again, for the first time in 55 years, twosisters that lived 50 yards from me, our dads had been friends. We reflectedtogether on the change. We had all gone our different ways, and donevastly different things, but were still united in our roots. It was good torevisit our roots again, it reminded us of the wonderful start we had in life.Life in general can be like that, we need to revisit our roots regularly. AsChristians, our roots are Christ. Often we can wander from our roots andforget what brought us to the wonderful family that is Christ’s. Take sometime out this week, and every week, to revisit our roots in Christ, and likemy visit to Glenfrome Road, you will be uplifted.