As usual, you will find a confession and absolution, blessings and dismissal at the end of this post. Don’t feel that those are not for you if you are not responsible for leading services. Many folks have commented that they make a beautiful (and sometimes challenging) addition to personal devotions and to small groups. In … More Lord of the Harvest – Luke 10, Gal 6, 2 Kings 5
At the end of this post you’ll find your liturgy resources for this week’s passages, where we have three stories about following. Or not. The Old Testament readings show either the call of Elisha in 1 Kings 19, or Elisha doggedly following Elijah and talking over his mantle in 2 Kings 2. Then in the … More Following, or not – I Ki 19, Psalms 16 & 77, Gal 5, Luke 9
After Pentecost, the RCL provides two parallel streams for the Old Testament and Psalms, one surveying the whole OT over three years, the other linking with the NT readings, and I am attempting the precarious task of straddling both streams! Liturgy resources will be based on either or both OT / Psalm combinations, or on … More Trinity 1, Elijah, and a squirrel doing the splits
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
Romans 8 – More than Conquerors Welcome to Together Apart, a set of new intergenerational resources for all of us in God’s family. Ten jam-packed pages of great ideas that you can print off and use for free. Links for PDFs are below. Each week you’ll find Bible study ideas for all ways of learning … More Together Apart – Romans 8 – More than Conquerors
Psalm 139 – You Have Searched Me Welcome to Together Apart, a set of new intergenerational resources for all of us in God’s family. Ten jam-packed pages of great ideas that you can print off and use for free. Links for PDFs are below. Each week you’ll find Bible study ideas for all ways of … More Together Apart – Psalm 139 – You Have Searched Me
There is so much waiting in the Bible! I like to jump in and get the ball rolling. Jesus takes his time, and waits for the RIGHT time. I wonder who knows best? … More Unfolding promises- Look, See, Pray
If we take the claims of the Bible seriously, then Jesus as Good Teacher, Jesus as Inspiring Example, simply are not options. (And if we don’t take the Bible seriously, we need to ask ourselves if the God we worship is the one revealed by the word-made-flesh in the word-made-paper, or a more convenient one made in our own image.) … More Matthew 17:1-9
This activity helps us to explore our worth in God’s sight, and how that differs from how we often see ourselves. You will need a tall piece of paper such as ½ a sheet of A4 or a shopping list, and a pen. At the top of the sheet write ‘People like me because …’, then … More Activity -God likes me because …
We try to live well because we are forgiven, not so that we will be forgiven.
Free From: free from needing to save ourselves by trying to be good enough. Why?
The bad news: We’ll never be good enough.
The good news: We’ll never be good enough. But that’s OK because God loves us anyway, imperfect as we are. … More Galatians 5:1, 13-25