Liturgy linked to the week’s readings below, and a reflection on Isaiah 65, but before all that … Saturday Morning Swap Shop! No, not Noel Edmonds (joke for Brits of a certain age), but a place to recycle and restock your Sunday School / Messy Church / youth work resources cupboard. (Gosh, doesn’t he look … More Isa 65 + Swap Shop (no, not Noel Edmonds)
Ceaseless pounding from the incoming tides and violent storms has taken a toll. Still strong, the wood is good for a few years yet- but the strain is showing. The sea won’t go away; the breakwater must face a daily battle, protecting the beach at the cost of its own wholeness. … More How Long? Look, See, Pray
Just recently, a reader asked for activities to help children think about the recent Australian bush fires. Here are some ideas, which equally apply to other times when hard things happen. Activity – Look for the Helpers Fred Rodgers has good advice for all of us when the problems of the world seem overwhelming: Look for … More Mourning with Those who Mourn – Psalm 27:1,4-9
When time freezes, and as compassion rises, simple words are all we need. God does hear our cry- and we cry for the world. Then we stand against the dark, reflecting the Light of the World. … More Frozen Time- Look, See, Pray
Suffering and troubles are part of our existence. How can we respond? Jesus faced thorns and warned us of the cost of discipleship. … More There will be Thorns- Look, See, Pray
All through the Bible we see people very honestly showing God their confusion. Some even shout at God! That’s OK. He can handle it. … More Ps 37, Lam 3:19-26, Hab 1:1-4, 2:1-4
Lent 3 – If God is so all-loving and all-powerful, then why does he let bad things happen to good people?
It’s a very good question, and you’re absolutely right to ask it. Being a Christian does not mean shying away from the difficult questions. We’re allowed to mention the elephant in the room. … More Luke 13:1-9