The Sign of the Cross (5)

The Cross of Jesus has an incredible power to affect people’s lives.  There are numerous stories of how His Cross has influenced people in the most unexpected ways – both young and not so young.  Here is a true story which illustrates an event which no one involved could have foreseen. A church member suggested […]

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The Sign of the Cross (4)

The Cross of Jesus has an incredible power to affect all sorts of people.  There are many stories of how His Cross has influenced the lives of people, often in the most unexpected ways. Here is a story which I heard first-hand at a Christian Men’s Breakfast organised by a local church.  The breakfast was […]

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The Sign of the Cross (3)

The Cross of Jesus has the most incredible power to affect people’s lives.  This power recognises no frontiers: its appeal reaches people wherever the sun rises and sets. What follows is a true account, related by a sea captain.  His ship was the first to pick up people who became known as ‘the boat people’ […]

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The Sign of the Cross (2)

“He’s gone!” cries Joseph at the empty tomb: But Mary says, “He’s left a word for you: He cannot rest content to be your past, So he has risen to be your future too.”** Worshippers at our morning service this Easter Sunday decorated a rough-hewn wooden cross with spring flowers and seasonal blossoms. The cross […]

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For Sale! For Sale! A green veil

“God saw all that He had made, and it was very good.”  Genesis 1:31 At the beginning of February, with temperatures below freezing, the willow trees were already displaying their furry, silver catkins.  Then the Redwings arrived: annual visitors from Scandinavia. In the following poem one senses the slow, silent, mysterious advance of Spring in […]

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Five Gold Rings

“On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me – five…  gold… rings…” Adopting this title for her book, Anna Jeffery invited a few prominent people to select their own five gold rings, ie favourite poem, book, place, person, plus their philosophy of life.  The result is a very thought-provoking anthology. A […]

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Praying Hands

“Christ has no hands, no feet on earth, but yours…” Those well-known words of St Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) were recalled for us by the Revd Jill Thornton, who led our worship on the first Sunday in October. Developing the theme of hands, Jill described how a bride traditionally leaves the wedding service on the […]

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God of Our Fathers …

On a Sunday morning in July, our Minister shared with us his thoughts on Ephesians 2:19 – ‘So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and members of the household of God… ‘ In conclusion, he spoke about some advice that his father once gave him.  I […]

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A Room with a View…

The goldfinches are back on our seed-hopper.  We can see them from our patio window.  They are a joy to behold, with their bright red faces and a vivid yellow flash on their black wings.  As this window faces west, I can sometimes pause to contemplate the glow of the setting sun. Useful things, windows.  […]

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