Preparing for this week’s post I was struck by the confluence of the triumphal reading in Colossians, and the crucifixion account in Luke. Superficially, these seem at odds, until you remember what Jesus had been banging on about for three years: “When I am lifted up, I will draw all people to me.” He wasn’t … More Christ the King – Luke 23 & Col 1
For a photographer, the rich colours of autumnal foliage appeal strongly. So here is a photo of “Rhus” leaves turning from green to scarlet, orange, yellow and brown. But I wanted to make people look twice; so I used an artistic editing filter to stylise the shapes and lines into poster art. … More Autumn Essence – Look, See, Pray
Woo Hoo! Summer holidays! Today we have your usual lectionary-linked resources and liturgy, including hymn suggestions and a couple of linked activities suitable for youth groups, Messy Church, all-age events or Bible studies. In addition, you have a video and script of a short talk on ‘I am the Gate’ (slightly longer than anticipated because … More Passing through things eternal? + Sheep Racing!
It’s The Lord’s Prayer on the lectionary today. Wow, what a topic! There are bazillions of resources out there, and I’ve listed a bunch of good ‘uns below, ranging from kids’ stuff to academic pondering, via sign language and a finger rosary, and you’ll find a confession based on the Lord’s Prayer in the liturgy … More Teach us to Pray – Luke 11
It was my turn on the United Reformed Church’s Daily Devotions this week, so here is the text of my offering, with a link to the audio recording. If you find these useful, you can have the devotions delivered daily by email or pod cast, and the URC also provide full Sunday services (rent-a-pulpit) suitable … More Gen 18, Ps 15, Col 1, Lk 10
Two fab resources for you this week: As usual, your liturgy for next week’s lectionary readings can be found at the bottom of this post, but first, an interactive all-age talk based on Deut 6:4-9 and Jesus’ reference to this in Mark 12:30-31 and Matt 22:36-40 plus Luke 10:25-28. PDFs and video included as well. … More Deut 6 – Love the Lord Your God
Free Holy Week samples from my Lent book The Big Story. Links to printable PDFs below. These are perfect for dipping into daily, as weekly readings, or as a quick-read overview. The samples features the week’s summary for Holy Week in creative re-telling of Jesus’ life and ministry, plus two full day’s resources: Monday of Holy … More Free Holy Week Resources – Book Samples
Parking by the seafront, I debated having a stroll on the prom. Then the storm broke. Instantly rivulets of rain ruined my visibility- resting my camera on the steering wheel, I trusted the automatic setting and grabbed a couple of shots.
Distorted objects, obscured details, badly mis-shapen yet just recognisable. … More Weathering the storm?
Help us to become the people of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience that we are supposed to be. Then we will be part of the answer, instead of part of the problem. May we forgive and be forgiven, respect and be respected, and learn to see the pain and the goodness in everyone we encounter. For then we may be able love more, and build a better future for all. … More Being patient- Look, See, Pray
Sometimes the person we find it hardest to forgive is ourselves. This activity helps us to think through the sometimes difficult reality of our Father’s wonderful forgiveness. This activity is better done in quiet. You will need a piece of paper, a pencil and a rubber. Take a minute to sit quietly, breathing slowly, as … More An Activity – Forgiven